DONA INES: robusto, long leaf Dominican filler, Connecticut wrapper.
Well I put these rock hard TCC house brand turds in the humidor a couple of weeks ago, and took off the cellophane last week to speed up softening of the caps. Needless to say, I had a bit of time to kill and decided something besides a cigarillo was in order.
Time will tell if aging and a little TLC will improve the rest of the lot.
Of course, I cut one and, gee it sure looks like short leaf, but, then I'm no EXPERT.
It does have a good draw, and I didn't start out with the best foot. So there was a touch of uneven burning which only required turning the extrusion down. This sort of goes contrary to thinking, but this puts it down where there is more oxygen and increases the burn rate.
The first thing I noticed was a build up of tar and goo. I can't say that as a fact, but it's and indicator of some leaf being rapid cured with sugar. That ain't good; but, I suspect it's all a matter of how many corners the big cigar makers are actually cutting in their cigar making.
With that said, I would have expected it to be hot as this one was still on the dry side, but it wasn't. Not sure what the white, grey and black ash means except possibly a mix of a little of this and a little of that.
And, it did taste like tobacco and nothing else. Mild and some body but nothing else. What can I really say about a $1 cigar (okay, that's a dried out turd in a sampler, it's $2 by the box), other than it was worth a dollar.
Offhand, I guess I got my moneys worth. But I suspect replacing them at $2 a pop might be silly as there are some other name banded stuff available in the price vicinity.