When it comes to Acid cigars, there are some mixed reviews since it’s an infused cigar. This is not an everyday cigar that pairs well with morning coffee or tea. Yet, when I decided to try Acid Subculture Progeny from Drew Estate, I didn’t go in with very high expectations, but I was proven wrong. It is a very good cigar. My expectations weren’t low because Drew Estate isn’t a good brand, on the contrary making specialty cigars with different blends and unique infusions is squarely their territory. This is a special smoke that is either going to leave a strong, positive, impression or the opposite.
I had heard from a friend who loves Acid cigars that this is a great cigar that can be a regular favorite, and at a price point a little over $5, it was worth a try.
The Acid line of Drew Estate isn’t a favorite go-to cigar for a majority of enthusiasts. This is a cigar that is sold only by a few retailers selected by Drew Estate. However, it has a following among some connoisseurs, so that’s another reason to give it a shot. This might also be a little experimental for some, but we will see. It’s smooth smoke with many new flavors and some different spices make it a noteworthy cigar
|Wrapper Origin: Mexico||Shape: Corona|
|Length: 5.5||Ring: 46|
|Wrapper: San Andres||List Price: $152 (Box of 24)|
|Origin: Nicaragua||Strength: Medium|
Pull of Cigar
At 5 ½ by 46, the Acid Subculture Progeny is good for a little over an hour of smoke. This is not bad for a USD 5 cigar which offers new flavors as well. It is covered with a Mexican San Andres wrapper, while the filler and binder are undisclosed.
As expected from an aromatic cigar, this Acid cigar brought pleasant aromas worth appreciating. There is no sudden burst, but the fragrance does envelope the cigar, and you can sense it before the cold draw. That is most probably the impressive effect of an additional year of aging for the cigar. The infusion process is a secret, but this one might have taken extra time to cure.
The cold draw did not stand out, but there are scents in there that are reserved for discerning senses. I sensed some herbs and berries. Right away, I felt this is an off-the-beaten-track kind of infusion. This was an unusual combination to put together. Combining herbs and berries, for me, is something akin to a cold coffee infusion where the herbs serve to tone down the flavor while the berries excite the palate but in a discreet sort of way.
The build of the cigar is of moderate to high quality. Although there are veins on the wrapper, it held pretty well with a roll and a texture that you can press with a comfortable amount of pressure.
The herbs were medium in the first thirds of the smoke. The sweetness was mild, and so this was a comfortable start. My first few puffs did not serve to increase the sweetness, and it did start to expose some earthy flavors that matched well with the aroma. The herbs were kicking in one by one, with the clove the strongest, and a little bit of cinnamon. I noticed that it was burning pretty evenly, around the cigar the lining of the burned area was a solid, clear line showing the evidence of the nicotine and herbs. The ash of the cigar was also burning slowly; it was slightly incandescent so you can sense the aroma with greater texture.
The second third was slightly different from the first third. As the herbs, cinnamon, and pine were felt, I smoked the build-up of some bitterness that was exposing the flavors of the fillers of the cigar. Again, this was probably because of the additional year of aging, which is my guess. The reason that I think of it this way is that the bitterness was coming from a certain depth of the cigar, and it was alternating some of the herbal and earthy flavors. There is almost nothing mild in the sweetness left from the first thirds.
The final third is one to remember. This was by far the best, as the heat from the excellent burn was creating a strong effect to go along with some peppery flavor.
Although the main effect of the cigar was felt mostly in the end, the aroma of the cigar also made an impression. It was a good hour of smoke that builds up until the final third. If you are a fan of aromatic cigars, this one is worth a try. Good value for a medium-bodied cigar, with enough kick and variety that you enjoy to the end. I recommend this to anyone who would want an alternative to your usual go-to cigars. For me, this is great for an outdoor camp. You can also pair this with an outdoor barbecue session with some light beer. I give it an 84.
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