I recently smoked the Obsidian Redrum Gordo, a good cigar at a great price. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Obsidian Redrum Gordo. This was a good cigar at a great price.
Obsidian Redrum Gordo
A Dominican cigar with a San Andrés wrapper, an Indonesian Sumatra binder, and long fillers from both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, this was a delicious, medium-bodied cigar.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, this was not a traditional label. Instead, it’s a long wrapper covering the foot and most of the body. It was a bit obnoxious, but ok.
Obsidian Redrum Gordo’s Condition
The Obsidian Redrum Gordo was solid and seemed well-constructed. There was, however, some discoloration of the wrapper and distinct seems—conveniently concealed by the massive label. It also had some fraying on the foot.
Feel of the Cigar
I found the cigar to be a bit too firm. There was not much give on the squeeze, and the feel over the body of the cigar was inconsistent.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled of earth with hints of floral and a general sweetness.
The cut was fine for such a large cigar. Despite its size, I was able to slice off the cap without much issue.
Lighting the Obsidian Redrum Gordo
The Obsidian Redrum Gordo lit up perfectly. It was easy and took to the flame evenly from the very beginning.
The draw started out incredible, just perfect. As the smoke progressed, however, it became a bit too tough to enjoy. After working through this one bad spot, it resumed its earlier perfection.
On the retrohale, the Obsidian Redrum Gordo had sweet notes with hints of floral and chocolate. It was also incredibly smooth.
Obsidian Redrum Gordo’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up notes of hay, leather, and floral. After the light, I picked up hints of leather, earth, and pepper.
This was a delicious cigar. It may not have been in the top-tier, but it was close.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of leather and pepper with an overall smooth aroma.
The burn was excellent. It started off evenly and remained consistent throughout.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Obsidian Redrum Gordo left me feeling relaxed and mellow, precisely what I want.
Obsidian Redrum Gordo’s Tobacco
The Obsidian Redrum Gordo showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Obsidian Redrum Gordo Bonus Points
I very much enjoyed this cigar. It was exceptional for the size, and I believed this merited an extra point. +1
I also smoked this cigar down to the nub, I enjoyed it so much. +1
Obsidian Redrum Gordo’s Final Grade
Overall, this was a good cigar at a great price. Also, at $4.00 per stick, it’s a great value. I anticipate picking up a box soon.
Final Grade: 93 / A
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The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member, and I recommend giving it a try.
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