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#nowsmoking: Henry Clay War Hawk Toro

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#nowsmoking: Henry Clay War Hawk

Henry Clay War Hawk Cigar Review – Toro

Factory: Flor de Copán – Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras
Size: 6″ x 50
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduras

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Where It’s At

First, give me the back story. . .

The Henry Clay “War Hawk” cigar is the first in a three-part series created by Altadis U.S.A. entitled the “Immortal Trio.” This debut release was made in recognition of Kentucky Senator Henry Clay, a staunch U.S. nationalist who later became Speaker of the House and spearheaded the movement that led to the War of 1812.

According to the company press release, the War Hawk goes “against its own tradition by not using a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper – as do most other Henry Clay brands,” like the Henry Clay Stalk Cut cigars, and Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot. For this rendition, the War Hawk boasts a blonde Connecticut wrapper grown in Ecuador, while the Connecticut Broadleaf plays the binder role, encasing an all-Honduran long-filler core.

Let’s talk construction. How well is it made?

The cigar was solidly built with no soft spots and the silky Connecticut wrapper, along with the cigars weight, offered a nice feel in the hand. When cut, the cigar drew well, offering cold notes of hazelnuts, sweet tobacco, and a fresh-baked cookie-like component, which had macadamia nut quality.

So, how does it smoke?

The Henry Clay War Hawk cigar offered initial flavors of earth and pepper with a healthy volume of creamy smoke through both ends. The flavors were well-balanced, consistent throughout, and left a long, lightly peppery finish on my palate. The cigar also burned perfectly with a body that was straight-down-the-line medium, revealing long, firm, nickel stack ashes and a sweet, slightly floral aroma. Moreover, the cigar never moved very far from its medium-bodied position, even in the final inches.

What are the primary flavor notes?

Earth, sweet spice, oak, toastiness, and black pepper make up the base of this cigar. There’s plenty of pepper through the nose in the early stage, but later retrohaling showed more creaminess with a slight nutty taste. The primary pepper note faded in the midsection but remained on the finish. Even the final puffs remained creamy, flavorful, and well-balanced.

#nowsmoking Henry Clay War Hawk cigar review by Gary Korb
#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop @cigaradvisor: The Henry Clay War Hawk Toro offers a medium-bodied smoke with well-balanced flavors of earth, sweet spices, and oak on a long, lightly peppery finish.

So, is it complex?

Yes, in that there seems to be a battle going on between the sweet and spicy elements, while the toasty, nutty, and woody flavors stay in their lane. Some sweetness came back in the last act, and with just over an inch to go, the pepper took out the sweet spice; so, there are several interesting change-ups along the way.  

What drinks can I pair with it?

My coffee, with half & half and very little sugar, paired perfectly with this cigar; add to that, the Henry Clay War Hawk Toro makes an excellent morning cigar. It would probably go nicely in the afternoon or after work with a beer, and for the evening, perhaps a not-too-sweet single malt Scotch or bourbon. However, the folks at Altadis USA, who make this cigar suggest pairing it with Bacardí Añejo Cuatro Rum.

(For more cigar pairing ideas, see our cigar pairing guide.)

Tell me who this cigar is for. 

It’s certainly a change of pace for the typical Henry Clay cigar smoker due to its lighter body, but there’s a LOT of flavor in this cigar. I think newer cigar smokers who want to try a Henry Clay would really like the War Hawk for its creaminess, medium body, and well-balanced flavors. This is most certainly not their grandfather’s Henry Clay, making it right in the pocket for today’s newbies looking for a rich-tasting smoke that hits on all cylinders, yet won’t overpower them.

Bottom line: Is it humidor worthy? 

Most definitely. For full-bodied smokers, the War Hawk makes a full-flavored change of pace from the bolder fare. And at a price that lies in the $7-$8 range (at press time), the War Hawk offers a long, relaxing cigar with an impressively satisfying flavor profile.


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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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