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Cigar Review: Hit And Run by Caldwell And Booth Limited Pre-Release

Hit And Run by Caldwell And Booth Limited Pre-Release

 

 

 

(Updated) The Caldwell Hit & Run cigar is a collaboration between Robert Caldwell and Matt Booth. Though he officially bid farewell to the industry earlier this year, Booth just couldn’t stay away. Matt is a very good friend of ours and we are glad his departure from the industry was a short one, he’s back with a noticeable swagger in his step (who are we kidding Matt invented swagger).

I talked to him at the hotel (Mirage) and at the show. He is very excited about his return to the industry, and the upcoming releases, as we all are. Welcome back Matt.

Soon after his supposed retirement in January, he quietly turned to Robert Caldwell of Caldwell Cigar Co. and prolific Nicaraguan cigar manufacturer A.J. Fernandez. The trio created two new brands that were introduced last week at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas NV, Hit and Run and The Truth.

 

CALDWELL CIGAR CO. BOOTH 2017 IPCPR

 

Made at the William Ventura factory in the Dominican Republic, the Hit & Run brand was put together by Booth and Caldwell. It’s a mélange of Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, Indonesian binder and Dominican filler.

“It was great to work with friends and create a new product with them,” Booth told Cigar Aficionado. “This was meant to be a true collaboration and a reinvention of myself. I stepped away from the business and now that I’m back, am able to participate more in the creative process.

I find myself excited about tobacco in the same way I was when I first started in the industry.” Hit & Run was launched at the 2017 IPCPR and will come packaged in 10-count boxes. 

 

 

AVAILABLE SIZES

  • Corona: 6 x 46
  • Toro: 6 x 54
  • Rothchild: 4 3/4  x 52  
  • Piramide: 6 x 50
  • Perfecto: 5 1/8 x 60

 

Matt “Boofy” Booth at his very unique booth complete with video arcade games at the 2017 IPCPR In Las Vegas NV

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

This cigar gets high marks on art work and looks! The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is Graham Cracker in color with visible seam, heavy tooth and vein. Solid to the touch and the wrapper is glistening with oil. Rolled in the Toro format the vitola has a packed wide open foot and a triple rounded cap.

The artwork is distinctly Caldwell with an infusion of Matt Booth. The primary band is light beige in color with gold trim, in the middle is a nod to room 101 and the Masterpiece collection with an infusion of Caldwell inspired by Matt’s time in the military stationed in the far East and Asian in nature.

It is suitable to hang on your living room wall. Along the sides reads “2017” and “LTD” in gold font. The secondary band is again an infusion of both brands. A gold band reading “101” with a Caldwell bicycle tire in the “O”. Pre light aroma had notes of vanilla wafers, corn bread and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of leather/cream and a mild floral spice.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light flavors of bitter leather, raw walnuts, orange peel and charred cedar. Initial bitter flavors have mellowed. Background flavors of plain browned toast, coffee and floral spice.

The spicy element is in the form of a black table pepper dusting balancing in with earthy flavors. Medium white pepper through the nose on the retro evolving into nuances of caramel.

  • Leather/Bitter
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Orange Peel
  • Plain Browned Toast
  • Coffee
  • Floral Spice
  • Black Table Pepper

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control flavors of plain browned toast, sunflower seeds, leather and a holiday floral spice. Background flavors of raw walnuts, raw cinnamon and coffee with nuances of pine nuts. Fine black table pepper is dusting the palate. Clean white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of burnt caramel. 

  • Plain Browned Toast
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Leather
  • Floral Spice
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Raw Cinnamon
  • Coffee
  • Pine Nut
  • Fine Black Table Pepper

 

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final third flavors of coffee, mocha and roasted nuts have moved upfront. Background flavors of leather, raw walnut, raw cinnamon char and all spice with a floral nuance. Most of the aforementioned flavors have been toasty with a nuance of leather.

The black pepper has increased slightly with a table pepper dusting covering the lips and palate, notable in between draws. An increase of clean white pepper right through the nose evolving into flavors of burnt caramel and roasted walnuts.

  • Coffee
  • Mocha
  • Leather
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Raw Cinnamon Char
  • All Spice/Floral
  • Black Table Pepper/MED
  • Clean White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Burnt Caramel/Roasted Walnuts

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

CONSTRUCTION: Extra solid, no palpable soft spots, blemishes or inconsistencies. PERFECT

BURN: Razor sharp throughout

ASH: Solid, compact and fine holding past the two inch point. Dark grey in color

CUT: V cut

DRAW: Perfect milkshake type resistance

RE LIGHTS: Zero, another nod to The perfect burn and construction, combustion was continuous and consistent

STRENGTH: Straight MEDIUM bodied

 

  • CONCLUSION

The grand duo of Caldwell and Booth together is a collaboration of two of the most iconic figures in the cigar industry.  The Hit and Run had the look of old world meets new. I was able to purchase ten Toros on a limited pre-release sale before the show in Las Vegas. I ran into Matt at The Mirage and we spoke briefly about his return.

He was as excited to be back as I was to try the new products.  The Hit and Run had a myriad of predominantly toasty flavors with nuances of heavy leather that were on point throughout the entire smoking duration. One thing I took from the smoking experience was the cigar needed slightly more age, if anything to let the cigar mellow out.

The construction, burn line and ash were top notch along with the killer artwork. I plan on aging the rest of my examples another 4 to 5 months as I believe after such the cigar will score significantly higher. More to come. 

 


Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 88 (Aging, Re-visiting in 4-5 Months)

Size: 6 x 54 (Toro)

Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano

Binder: Indonesian

Filler: Dominican

Factory: William Ventura, Dominican Republic

Production: 100,000 cigars

News source: Cigar Aficionado

 

 

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