Sunday, August 10, 2008

Defiance- The Sentry (lonsdale)

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After reading the article posted on the Stogie Guys webpage about the ridiculous proposal by Baltimore's mayor and the city health commissioner to ban single cigar sales of cigars costing less than $2, I decided to pick up a Defiance cigar in protest. Defiance is made by the Xikar company and creator Jesus Fuego. The manufacturer will donate 5% of the wholesale value of Defiance cigars and accessories to state tobacco rights coalition quarterly. They definitely have their work cut out for them.


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The Defiance cigars are made in Danli, Honduras. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Cuban seed shade grown Criollo aged four years. The binder is a Nicaraguan Cuban seed sun grown Corojo and the filler contains Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco. The cigar is available in four vitolas: robusto, toro, belicoso and lonsdale. It was introduced in 2007. I smoked the lonsdale, which is called "The Sentry" and retails for about $6.75 a stick.


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The wrapper is Colorado Maduro in color. It looks attractive and smooth with a tiny pig tail cap. I noticed very few veins. The wrapper aroma is faint like "sweaty skin" and the foot is like "sweaty feet". Laugh if you like but that's my answer and I'm stickin to it. The pre-light draw bodes much better and tastes like fruitcake. The cigar feels nicely packed and firm. The draw (thankfully) was not tight but actually had a nice resistance to it. After lighting the cigar you get a really nice volume of smoke.


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The flavor intensity, body and strength I would classify as being in the medium range. It starts off with dry woody flavors with no sweetness detected. You also get a smooth medley of coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla and some leather flavors. The finish is dry.


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The burn was fairly even with a medium burn line and a compact light gray colored ash. Ashing the cigar produced a fairly small cone of ligero which matched it's medium intensity. The cigar remained nicely cool throughout.


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The flavor profile remains consistent in the second third. Bitter coffee, vanilla, roasted nut and leather are still present. You also start to get a hint of pepper irritation to the throat but nothing substantial. I was drinking a coke with ice which helped to dampen any harshness. I tried not to drink too much though because it can also decrease the sensitivity of your palate. Overall, I was really enjoying the flavors at this point.


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The cigar finishes with a predominance of leather flavor and stayed dry all the way through. At one point a nice flash of roasted nut flavor returned but quickly went back to all leather.


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I thought that the first and second third of the cigar tasted the best. The dry leather flavor at the end was rather dull and one dimensional. It's still not a bad cigar. It has fine construction and the burn qualities were above average. I would smoke the cigar again and take pride in the fact that some of the money will go towards protecting the rights of cigar smokers everywhere.


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Check out the Defiance web page and other reviews done on this cigar:



Stogie Review on the Defiance Instigator (belicoso)
and

Cigar Command on the Defiance Guardian (toro)

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