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Cigar Review: Caldwell Cigar Co. & Drew Estate All Out Kings

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Caldwell Cigar Co. & Drew Estate All Out Kings

 

The collaborative project was announced earlier last year at Cigar Federation’s Cigar Safari where Robert Caldwell, Founder of Caldwell Cigar Co., Jonathan Drew, Founder of Drew Estate, and Willy Herrera, Master Blender of Drew Estate, led the tours blending session where attendees collaborated together with Caldwell, Drew and Herrera to create blends and lay out the rules they couldn’t break. Jonathan Drew from his Wynwood, Miami Safe House stated, “Collaboration with Caldwell and Willy was super fresh. It was great to watch the magic come together from each of the crews. There is a lot of creativity birthed into ALL OUT KINGS, which will resonate from the cigar taste profile to the imagery that smashes the expected. This is an extended family collaborative that knows how to get down.”

 

All Out Kings

 

Just prior to the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, details of the blend include a Connecticut Stalk Cut wrapper, an Indonesian binder and a combination of Nicaragua, Dominican, and Connecticut Broadleaf tobaccos for the filler. Robert Caldwell stated in a press release, “The orders we have received on this product have been insane. When Willy approached me to let me know that he wanted to delay the shipment of AOK because he had wanted to age the cigars more, I was a bit hesitant, but ultimately I agreed it was the right decision. AOK is a special cigar. Willy knows the tobacco much better than I.

 

 

I am excited for the March shipment.” Both companies acknowledged that the general availability date was moved to ensure the cigars were ready. Willy Herrera added,“When Rob and I began blending this project, we had to meet in the middle in terms of the strength of the cigar so that it was something Rob would enjoy as he is not typically a maduro smoker. We selected specific primings of Connecticut Habano wrapper that would be a bit more subtle, yet flavorful. This has taken a bit more time at the sorting tables and in addition the wrapper is extremely oily by nature, which has added to the aging process. I know everyone has been waiting and I’m causing additional stress for Rob, but I won’t let them out of the aging room until I feel they are ready.”

 

AVAILABLE SIZES

  • 5 x 52: Smash
  • 5 ¾ x 46: Gimme your Lunch Money
  • 6 ½ x 54: Foreverlast
  • 6 x 54: The Fourth Pose
  • The project is packaged in 20 count boxes

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Connecticut Habano wrapper is light brown with a marbleized look to it. The wrapper is quite oily with notable tooth, seam and vein. There is a plain white band with only the identifying black font “ALL OUT KING”, the middle reads “ROBUSTO” which is called the “Smash” designating the Robusto size in the line. On the bottom of the plain white band is the dimensions of the vitola at 5 x 52. The cigar has a wide open foot with a rounded triple cap. Pre light aroma had hints of Carmel corn, milk chocolate and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of leather, coffee and dried meat.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Sweet cedar char, raw walnuts, leather, heavy raw cocoa and black coffee. Full black pepper is present leaving a thick spicy film on the lips and palate. The retro is producing high level black pepper evolving into flavors of dark chocolate.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control sweet flavors of charred brown sugar, raw cinnamon and burnt toffee. Background flavors of warm cedar, nuances of leather and almonds. Black pepper is still present and accounted for taking care of the spicy element at upper levels. The retro is producing a full volume of black pepper with a sweet maple aftertaste.

  • FINAL THIRD

Entering the final duration, the aforementioned flavors have been bold and stayed consistent and full. Leather with a background flavor of charred brown sugar, raw cinnamon and cedar have been the core flavors thus far and right on point. Sweet flavors of thick molasses, maple, burnt toffee and black pepper are giving the vitola a long sweet bitter and spicy finish. The retro is still producing full levels of black pepper evolving into flavors of caramel and toffee.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction was very solid on the robusto version of the All Out Kings. The footer was solid to the touch and had hardly any give with a slight squeeze. The vitola has been in my humidor since the IPCPR in Vegas last July, as it was a gift from a friend. The draw on the vitola had the perfect amount of resistance and produced a ton of smoke. The wrapper smoldered heavily creating more than the usual stream of smoke during the entire duration of the cigar, which is pretty common with DE wrappers. The ash was solid, holding past the two inch point it needed effort to tap off and the burn line was razor sharp. The strength of the All Out Kings was in the HIGH MEDIUM to FULL bodied wheelhouse, producing a myriad of hearty leathery flavors that balanced very well with the chocolate and peppery element of the cigar. I’m looking forward to the full production of the line that is currently scheduled for release next month.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Cedar Char
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Leather
  • Black Coffee
  • Brown Sugar
  • Raw Cinnamon
  • Molasses
  • Maple
  • Chocolate
  • Black Pepper/Full to Medium
  • Black Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Dark Chocolate/Maple/Caramel/Toffee

 


CIGARS FOR REVIEW: GIFTED FROM A FRIEND

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 1

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 90

SIZE: 5 X 52 (ROBUSTO) (SMASH)

WRAPPER: CONNECTICUT HABANO

BINDER: INDONESIAN SUMATRA

FILLER: CONNECTICUT BROADLEAF LIGERO, DOMINICAN COROJO 98 SECO, NICARAGUAN ESTELI VISO, NICARAGUAN JALAPA VISO

DISTRIBUTION: CALDWELL CIGAR CO.

 

 

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