Skeptical at first but after trying a 5 pack I was pleasantly surprised. This is an excellent cigar for the price range it is in. I would compare it to much more expensive cigars. I have paid a lot more for cigars that I would not try again. I will try these again.
I m really stuck between, should I buy these again or should I stay away from Vudu or maybe it s just the Damballa line? Not sure yet. But! Upon arrival of my jar of 19 no.9 which is the 6 3/4 X 50. About half the cigars were damaged. Either cracked at the foot or right above the cap and a few with cracks in the center and most cracked at the band which seems to be because the band is too tight. I took off all the plastic wrappers just to find some of the sticks wrapped leaf was slightly undone. Now on to the smoke. I m 4 cigars into the jar so far and out of 4 so far only 1 has been enjoyed without issue. The flavor notes have been different throughout each one. 1 had a lot of chocolate notes going on but the rest have been very well balanced so consistency has been GOOD. That sumatra leaf really adds to the flavor profile of it being earthy. IMPO I d say it s a mild full body smoke. Very creamy. Been great with a cappuccino and went very with an 18yo rumI feel it s a great cigar but the defects have really torn me off. I m normally a Fuente guy but if your a 4 or 5 stick a week person like I am then it s good to have a solid cheaper priced cigar for your majority of smokes.I ll try and enjoy the rest of these Damballas but on the next buy I think I ll try Dark or Sacrifice which seems to be the only ones with most reviews.
I enjoy these with a cup of coffee in the morning while walking the dogs. Hints of leather and pepper with a nice finish. Easy draw on a shorter smoke that doesn t involve a big time investment. The storage tin works great with the humidification packet that was provided.May need to age them a bit longer as a couple did have a bit of an uneven burn. But I would buy these again.