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Cigar Review: Powstanie Wojtek “War Bear”

Toar Campbell

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Powstanie Wojtek “War Bear”




Powstanie -poh-shah-yah is Polish for “uprising” created by Mike and Greg Szcezpankewicz of Cigar Hustler.

The cigars are produced at Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A. in Esteli Nicaragua.

We spoke with owner Mike Szcezpankewicz he told Cigar Smoke “The blend is a tweaked version of our Habano perfecto.

We made a few minor modifications and added San Andrés to the wrapper making it a barberpole.

The Habano wrapper compliments the San Andrés allowing the cigar to become very complex without having the San Andrés dominate the flavor profile.

The idea came to me when I was hanging out at our shop, the name originated from a bear that was a soldier in the Polish army in WW2.

Naming of the cigar is credited to our Employee John who has been working with us at the shop for almost 9 years.

He’s the person that told us the story of Wojtek (War Bear) first”.



Powstanie Wojtek “War Bear” on display at the RoMa Craft Tobac booth at the 2019 IPCPR in Las Vegas NV.



Available Powstanie Sizes:

  • Broadleaf Belicoso: 5 1/2 x 54 
  • Broadleaf Perfecto: 5 x 50 
  • Broadleaf Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Broadleaf Toro: 6 x 52
  • Habano Belicoso: 5 1/2 x 54
  • Habano Perfecto: 5 x 50
  • Habano Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Habano Toro: 6 x 52 
  • Wojtek War Bear Perfecto: 5 x 50





The color of the Habano wrapper is light brown with a dark stripe of San Andrés tobacco navigating its way down the wrapper and circling around the foot.

Color-wise it reminds me of a chocolate chip cookie.

At 5 x 50 with notable tooth, seam and vein it’s rolled in the perfecto format with a rounded tapered open foot and a pointed cap.

A single band sits on the vitola.

Red and white in color representing the Polish flag with a black “Powstanie” logo that signifies a Kotwica (Anchor), the emblem of the Polish underground state and home army. Above and below are small ornate designs.

Pre-light aroma had notes of coffee, cedar and cocoa bean.

The cold draw produced flavors of malt, oak and leather spice.







An aroma of heavy sweet cedar off the toasted foot. Immediate flavors of bitter walnuts and cedar char.

The blend settles in with coffee, leather, cedar and natural tobacco.

Mixed nuts fill the background with a throat punch of black pepper at a level of FULL.

The retro-hale is producing a sting of wasabi through the nose with a finish of light caramel and dried fruit.




In the second half flavors of sweet cedar, light coffee, nougat and nuts are up front and on point.

Natural tobacco, light malt and leather occupy the background producing a condensed finish of floral.

The black pepper throttles back to a level of MED-PLUS with a mild leather bite.

The retro-hale loses a bit of wasabi revenge and transitions to white pepper producing a finish of sweet dried fruit and toffee with nuances charred caramel.




Heading into the final third cedar, light coffee and nougat are up front and on point coating the entire palate with a creamy cinnamon spice.

The background profile compliments the War Bear with malt, natural tobacco, cedar and floral.

The spicy element has remained consistent since cruise control with MED-PLUS black pepper transitioning into a distinct leather bite.

The retro-hale continues with MED white pepper producing a finish of dried fruit and toffee char with a bit of a menthol type effect.




• CONSTRUCTION: A solid sturdy construction with a firm feel. Wrapper integrity was solid, no palpable soft spots, cracks or blemishes.


• BURN: Razor sharp burn line with a consistent smolder of all components of wrapper, binder and filler. A thick circular carbon line was present on the lighter Habano wrapper.


•ASH: The ash was thick and globular taking the shape of the perfecto. Matte grey in color it held an inch-plus tapping off with ease.


• CUT: All four examples smoked for review were straight cut.


• DRAW: The draw had a typical perfecto milkshake type draw producing an abundance of thick creamy white smoke.


• RE-LIGHTS: Zero during active smoking.


• FIRE: Long cedar matches preserved the sweet and spicy flavor profile.


• STRENGTH: MED-PLUS bodied wheelhouse.




The Powstanie War Bear was an enjoyable cigar that packed just enough punch to land in the upper MED to MED-PLUS wheelhouse.

The combination of Habano and Mexican San Andrés wrappers provided the right amount of a sweet and spice combination without one or the other being over bearing.

Smoking time was about an hour and would pair extremely well with morning and or evening coffee or espresso.





Cigar reviewed: Powstanie Wojtek “War Bear”

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 4

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 5 x 50 (Perfecto)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano, Mexican San Andrés (Barberpole)

Binder: Indonesian 

Filler: Nicaraguan Condega, Jalapa, Estelí Ligero and Dominican Criollo

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A. Esteli Nicaragua

Production: 500 Boxes

Box count: 20 Perfectos

Photos by: Cigar Smoke


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