Thursday, August 19, 2021

Big Sky Cigar Co. Mad Minnow (MM) in Review

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Big Sky Cigar Co. Mad Minnow (MM) in Review

BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Solomon (4.75 x 44)
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Mild-medium/Medium

Dark chocolate | Black pepper | Salted caramel

Straight-forward profile with a visual flair. Said visual flair being a Solomon format--which can't be the easiest to roll. It's striking if not odd, to see it in this diminutive of a size. Dark chocolate, a lush silky bar of it. That particular note is backed by dark grain and at their minglings arises a black bread nod. Salted caramel evolves toastily and while a sweet profile, not a dumb cloying one. Black peppercorns brace staunchly, in a heighty but smooth fashion, and in lieu of wooden structuring.

Middling sees its share of woodsiness, a lightly charred cedar, accompanying hickory. There's a chicory note there, too, morphing into New Orleans coffee when the French roasted beans say "Bonjour" at the half-way point. My ex used to assure me that 'good things come in small packages.' but she was 5' tall, and a biased cunt. She's right here tho, in this almost curiously good little dog walker of an offering. Under-belly is black dirt potting soil... densely rich and tamped bitter-sweetly. The flavors do bitter-up some in the 3/3. Purge.

Performance-wise, it stumbles out of the gate, a thing not different for this vitola, but smooths on its own. The char-line evens, thins. Both rather quickly-so. Ash makes a 1/2" at a drop. Draws quite well, with a smooth nigh supple texture of smoke, covering the palate & filling the room with spiced bitter-sweet clouds. Brownie in the oven; hamburger on the stovetop. Really an excellent little break of a cigar. I already want another, & am for the first time glad to have two hounds to leash.


A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::