When Dave told me we were approached by Jay Lundy with some more samples to review I was excited to try them because of Dave's review here. I'd also like to thank Jay for providing us these samples and for sponsoring the contest. I was able to smoke two other samples of this cigar, albeit of different sizes, before this one I reviewed.
The first thing I noticed was the band with it's striking silver on black motif. You don't have any issues reading the letters and seeing what cigar this is. The wrapper was a very nice medium dark brown in color. It also had a good amount of tooth and oils to it. This sample had some medium veins, not the large veins that Dave experienced. When I put my nose to the wrapper I got an intense manure aroma from it, with barnyard and leather coming from the foot. Squeezing the cigar I got a slight amount of give without any soft spots. After I clipped it and took a cold draw on it I got some sweet herbal (not grassy) notes and a good draw.
Once I light the cigar up the first thing I get is a lot of red pepper spice on the tongue and retrohale. After a few more puffs on the cigar I am able to taste leather, grilled meat and curry. About an eighth of an inch in the spice ramps up into a wasabi like spice especially on the retrohale. A little ways into this third I started to get a slight sweetness on the finish as well. The draw was just perfect producing a large volume of heavy smoke. The burn was a little bit wavy and the ash needed to be tapped off at about half an inch because it started to flower. As far as the body and strength were concerned I would put them both at the bottom end of full.
Moving onto the second third the spice started to tone down a bit, but it was definitely still present. The draw continued to be great and the smoke felt like it was coating my mouth which caused the cigar to have a long finish. The main flavors of this third were of leather, earth, grilled meat, curry, a slight hint of cinnamon all with a slightly sweet finish. The one thing I noticed about these cigars is even though they produced large volumes of smoke they seemed to smoke very slowly.
The final third was very similar to the last third, with a couple exceptions. The flavors continued to be the same, while the sweetness on the finish diminished. This wasn't a problem as I was thoroughly enjoying this cigar. The spice started ramping up, however it wasn't as strong as the first third. Unlike Dave I did get a slight nicotine hit as I finished up the cigar.
Overall this was a very enjoyable cigar. I can definitely see myself purchasing a box of these if I can find one. If you like full flavored cigars I would highly recommend this one, especially since they support our wounded troops. However this isn't a cigar for novices.
Reminder about the Contest...
We teamed up with Jay Lundy of AKA Cigars to bring you this giveaway. He is going to be giving out 3 Prize Packs which include 3 Each of the Hybrid and Respect blends, along with an AKA Hat, AKA Dog Tag, and AKA Patch. This will run from the time this review posts until this Friday, March 2, 2012, at Midnight Eastern Time. So you’re asking right now...”How Do I Win?” We are giving each person up to 4 entries into the contest...
- Leave a relevant comment on Dave's review of the AKA Hybrid.
- Leave a relevant comment on this review of the AKA Respect.
- Post a Tweet about this contest. Something like this should work (make sure you add my Twitter name in it so I will see it and count it): Win @AKACigars at the Tiki Bar Online! http://tinyurl.com/7d9berh @dmjones1009
- Go to AKA Cigars’ Facebook page and Friend them. Look in their Pictures section, find a folder labeled AKA Contest and find the picture with the relevant Codeword (you'll know it when you see it!). E-mail that Codeword to me at email@example.com. Do not Tweet the Codeword or leave it in a comment on the blog...it MUST be e-mailed to me.
3 Random Winners will be selected and announced Saturday morning, March 3, 2012. When the winners have given me their addresses, I will forward them on to AKA Cigars as they are mailing the prizes directly from their location. Contest open only to those with a US mailing address.