Iron Horse Closeout
Varies - Maduro - Sampler of 9
I got these on impulse while I was on vacation from one of this site s email deals. Wasn t expecting much because in my experience most inexpensive maduros are garbage. I was quite surprised by this buy. First off, nine cigars for $20 is nothing to sneeze at, so great value there. When I lit the first up, I was unimpressed by how it burned at first, but after the first half inch it evened out and I had no problems. The ash dropped off of most of these is very dark, which is usually the sign of low-quality tobacco, but you wouldn t know it from the taste. The construction is fantastic as well, although the wrapper does have a tendency to develop cracks as you smoke them. The biggest criticism I would have is that the draw can be very difficult, but it seems to get better the longer the smoke lasts. They have a strong scent and a nice bold flavor that I expect to get from a higher-priced maduro like an Acid or a Gurkha. I would definitely rank these on par with either of those brands. Iron Horse has made a fan out of me and I can definitely see myself buying more in the future.
I have the churchill sampler. The first stick had virtually no draw, ended up throwing it away. I put the rest in my humi for about three weeks and tried again. After lighting and resting the stick, the second one had an uneven burn but a nice ash. Then the wrapper started to come apart. I did finish it. It had nice flavor and aroma but terrible quality. Completely off of my list.