Cigar Review: Foyle Pudao
Before we start this review a few words about the impending FDA regulation changes. The heavy hand of the FDA is about to come down hard on the cigar industry.
Much has been talked about , been written about but the real change is still open ended. I am positive though business will be dramatically impacted. My concern is the newer and small boutique cigar companies will take the biggest hit. Companies such Alliance Cigars which distribute Foyle might not be around down the road. Cigar smokers must be on top of this by contacting their elected representative and let them know your thoughts. Do not stand silent and think someone will do it. That is not going to happen.
I purchased a 4 pack sample from Cigarscity.com , an online seller. My review as always is not impacted on where or how I received the products. It is my subjective opinion and thoughts. I suggest if what I write piques your interest , acquire the brand and make your own decision.
Where and When smoked: Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, Los Angeles , Ca. 8/6/16
Price $21.89 , sample of four, sale price from Cigarscity.com.
Appearance and Construction:
Wrapper: Criollo Honduran
Binder: Corojo Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Size: 7 x 52
Tight feel with a dark brown wrapper which looks powerful. If appearance if any indication of a strong smoke well watch out. The proof however is in the smoking. The cigar band is clean, direct and attractive.
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:
Started with a nutty , chocolate infusion , very smooth . Tasted some oak , touch of spice but not over the top. Aroma of chocolate was very evident. I would describe it as medium profile , sweet but not cloying.
As we smoke the ash is dark grey with a even burn, gets a little bolder with a pepper hit. It's a nice even kick with no strange developments happening. Even in the second third the combination of chocolate and nuts are still around. We get a slight burn issue but this evens out as the smoke continues . The cigar stays cool.
Conclusion/ Overall Impression:
The Foyle holds it's own with most cigars I have had recently. The issues are minor , the flavor is nice, not overwhelming with too much spice. Its definitely a medium blend.
Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 3.8 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.8 out of 5
I hope Foyle is around for a good long time. I also purchased a Maduro Sampler from Cigarscity.com too. This is a good buy and suggest you catch a sampler.