I consider myself a lucky person to have moved to a wonderful area in which there are plenty of cigar shops all around. With the laws being friendly towards to tobacco, you can drive 15-20 minutes and come across a shop with a nice selection. However, what makes it even better is being able to visit Twin’s Smoke Shop and speak with Kurt in regards to his cigar line. He is true brother of the leaf (friendly, helpful and inviting) and in staying in line with my “Traveling Stogie” heritage, I asked him would it be possible to review his cigar line and if so, which size would be most representative of the 7-20-4 series. He told me even though some of his customers love the various sizes, the corona is probably the best representation.
From his site:
The United States’ longstanding trade embargo with Cuba makes it impossible to use the original Havana filler, so we have partnered with manufacturers in Honduras and Nicaragua to blend his perfect product, aging and fermenting the tobacco, then rolling the cigars before aging them again in Spanish cedar boxes for 120 days. That process melds the flavors together to “mellow it out a bit”.
We came out with this unique blend from 5 counties. The flavor is very nice with a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, Columbian binder and 3 different fillers.Upper medium bodied with amazing flavor and aroma.
K.A. Kendall’s 7-20-4 Corona Review
Size: 5 x 42
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder/Filler: Columbian/3 different fillers (might be Mexican, Honduran and Nicaraguan)
Smoke Time: 50 min
Location: Tasty Tobacco Shop
If you’ve read some of my reviews, by now you’ll know I enjoy seeing a pigtail and a closed foot on my cigars. There is just something about it that appeals to me as silly as it may seem. These two techniques are actually less cumbersome than a usual triple cap or cigar without the closed foot so you could say it’s a win/win for everybody. The corona feels perfect in my hand as it has a great firm feel with a beautifully dark wrapper which brings out the colors in the band itself. Looking closely at the wrapper, I can see the different shades throughout the cigar along with some minor veins here and there. One thing for sure, this cigar is rolled very well. The closed foot is very clean in the sense there are no loose ends but the extra wrapper insulates the foot convincingly. When you review cigars, you come across some dramatic pigtails such as the Opus X BBMF but this is nothing of the sort. I can see the roller just putting the extra wrapper between the thumb and index finger and gently rolling the pigtail. While the cigar feels light which has more to do with it’s size than anything else, it is not fragile and certainly comes across as a nice solid cigar.
If there is one thing unique with closed foot cigars, it’s the fact that you can’t do a prelight draw with them. The closed foot inhibits any ability for air to pass through the cigar. However, I do love lighting them as the extra wrapper usually goes into a nice flame and the K.A. Kendall 7-20-4 is no different. The corona produces plenty of smoke for being a small size but even then it could rival larger cigars in that category. The cigar has a brilliant white ash which held on for about an inch and the draw was absolutely perfect. Just a smooth puff without any work needed. Sometimes you come across a cigar that has solid flavors but issues with the draw or the stogie burning uneven, but I have no complaints in this department.
The prelight aroma has a nice smell coming off of the wrapper something similar to honey with a mix of cedar/wood. Not many people take the time to enjoy the aroma from the wrapper but to me, it contributes to the overall experience and I think it makes you appreciate the handmade cigar even more. The initial few draws were of coffee, coco with hints of pepper. If the 7-20-4 Corona would repeat these flavors throughout the cigar, I would probably be in heaven. Well, I wasn’t to be disappointed as the first third had notes of dark chocolate and coco finishing off with some pepper.
The second third continues well tasting of coco, nuts and some earthiness. As I write this, the second has a creaminess to it. I feel like I’m having one of my morning coffees all over again which is simply pleasant to the palette. The final third transitions a little bit in the medium-full range as I notice more pepper coming through. While the coco and cedary sweetness is still there, I feel they are playing in the background while the pepper dominates the flavor profile. If you ever chewed on bark accidentally or intentionally, I had hints of that type of flavor in the last third.
The K.A. Kendall 7-20-4 is a flavorful cigar and I enjoyed the progress through the various flavors. Halfway through the cigar starts to ramp up the pepper and maybe some spice. For those 50 minutes, it hits you with everything it has in terms of flavor. The burn and draw were very good, definitely a plus in my book. At this price point, you should try to pick some up from your local retailer. Most of the cigar shops listed on my site do carry this line and it is certainly worth a five pack to see if it fits your taste buds.
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