Cigar Review: Caldwell Cigar Co. Savages

Cigar Review: Caldwell Cigar Co. Savages


Savages by Caldwell Cigar Co.

Savages is a line extension of Long Live the King. The Long Live the King is blended with a lot of Dominican corojo. The wrapper is a 2008 Corojo leaf, the binder is a Corojo 2009 leaf, and the filler is a blend of 2006 Ligero Dominican Corojo, 2007 Nicaraguan Habano Ligero and 2008 Peruvian Pelo de Oro. What’s in the Savages blend you ask? Good question!

Caldwell Cigar Co. is a fairly new entry in the cigar business, beginning in 2014. Owner Robert Caldwell is big on the art for the boxes and bands, and Savages is no exception. Italian artist Pixel Pancho delivered some unique and interesting work in the creation of the Savages‘ label design. Crazy, hobo-looking guy with a huge top hat, round glasses, big mustache, and huge mutton chop sideburns like the original namesake Civil War General Ambrose Burnside.

Caldwell Cigar Co. went all out at this year’s IPCPR show delivering six new cigars and adding sizes to existing lines (The Last Tsar).

  • All Out Kings (collaboration with Drew Estate)
  • Anastasia (collaboration with EP Carrillo at Tabacalera La Alianza)
  • Blind Man’s Bluff Connecticut (Agroindustrias Laepe factory, Honduras)
  • Eastern Standard Dos Firmas
  • Savages (an upgraded Long Live the King line extension)

Savages is available in five sizes, all in ten count boxes.

  • Savages Corona Extra 6 x 46  MSRP $11
  • Savages Corona Larga 8 x 45  MSRP $15
  • Savages Piramide 6 x 50  MSRP $14
  • Savages Super Rothschild 4 3/4 x 52  MSRP $12
  • Savages Toro 6 x 54  MSRP $13 — Smoked for Review


The art on the Savages‘ band is, of course, interesting and unique as we have come to expect from Robert Caldwell. Light to medium brown in color (colorado), the wrapper has a nice sheen and a few somewhat prominent veins. And there is a nice tight, small pigtail finish on the head of Savages.
Caldwell Savages Pre-Light

Pre-light aroma on the foot is rich and earthy. Draw is easy and giving lots of earth, leather, and cocoa.
Caldwell Savages Pigtail


Savages is starting out nicely with coffee, chocolate, cherry, and a delayed pepper hit. There is a lingering finish of malt, caraway, leather, and pepper. Smoke is rich and full with a medium gray color. Retro-hale delivers a nice cherry sweetness with a bit of white pepper.
Caldwell Savages First Light


I am fighting between caraway and nutmeg on the initial flavor notes, because it is a close call. Savages first light was more caraway, but it is developing in intensity to the nutmeg I suspected up front. Creamy comes to mind because Savages really does have a smooth, creamy mouth feel. The ash is flaky but still hanging on at close to two inches. Burn line is reasonably straight and smooth, but not razor sharp.
Caldwell Savages Halfway

The cherry is really coming through now in a very well-rounded, balanced way. Pepper is also ramping up to a medium level. Maybe I just can’t make up my mind today, but caraway and nutmeg are going back and forth on puffs. I suppose the correct answer is that Savages has both. I am still tasting chocolate, cream, cedar and leather. And the malt that I love so much in a handful of blends is increasing as well.
Caldwell Savages Midway Smoking

Developing more with each puff, Savages is just getting more complex. Previous flavors are getting more intense and new flavors are merging. That is a big part of what I look for in a great cigar, and Caldwell’s Savages is delivering.


Sunday NFL Football, a nice cool day outside in Southern California, and the final leg of a great cigar. Savages is once again increasing in pepper and changing to a white pepper with a nice bite on the finish. Lots of cream, leather, molasses, malt, cherry, and nutmeg are still in the mix and balancing the flavors perfectly.
Caldwell Savages Final Third


Excellent construction and draw, Savages is a well made cigar. The start is medium, but migrates up the charts to a medium-plus by the middle and close to full-strength on the finish. Savages is full flavored from start to finish.


  • Black Pepper to White Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Cream
  • Leather
  • Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Molasses
  • Caraway
  • Nutmeg
  • Malt
  • Cedar


Caldwell Savages LastCaldwell Cigar Co. Savages is a great cigar with an incredible roller coaster ride of changes from the first light right to the end. The full flavored designation is proven out with the big list of Notable Flavors.

Although undisclosed on the blend, I suspect Corojo has to be a big part of Savages due to the pepper (and ligero?). The Long Live the King line that Savages is an extension is quite a blend with Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian all taking a part with Corojo, ligero and Pelo de Oro. I wish I could smoke one of them to compare the blend, so I will not guess on Savages.

At $13, it is a premium price, but I would buy and smoke it again. If only it was under $10 they would fly off the shelf! One of my favorite cigars last year was Caldwells’ The Last Tsar at $16-17, and I felt the same way: a bit on the steep side but a cigar you have to try.

Cigars Smoked for review:  1

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size:                      6 x 54 Toro

Strength: Medium developing into a Medium-Plus (full strength at the finish)

Wrapper:  Assuming a Dominican Habano
Binder:      Undisclosed
Filler:         Undisclosed
Country of Origin:   Tabacalera William Ventura, Dominican Republic

MSRP: $13.00

Rob Malgieri

Rob Malgieri

Reviewer & Webmaster at CigarSmoke.net
Rob Malgieri

One Response to “Cigar Review: Caldwell Cigar Co. Savages”

  • Bob Langmaid:

    Great review Rob! I really dig the way it’s laid out too! Hope I can get my hands on this cigar, and I want to try the All Out Kings as well!!

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