Size: Corona 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaraguan, Mexican and Honduran
Price: MSRP $6.75
I know I am a little late in the 7~20~4 game but after reading and hearing great things about this cigar, It was definitely on my to do list. I have been sitting on a 5 pack of coronas for a while now and decided it was time to break them out and give them a shot. The 7~20~4 name is said to come from the address of its original producer R. G. Sullivan. R. G. Sullivan was an American cigar company that ran from 1875 to 1963 and was one of the largest cigar companies of its time producing over 50 million cigars per year in its peak. The name has been revitalized by its savior Kurt A. Kendall, owner or Twins Smoke Shop in New Hampshire.
The look of these cigars are right on the money. The wrapper is beautiful and sturdy with a gorgeous reddish brown color to it. The cigar is firm and loaded with tobacco and has a rough, rustic feel to it. The pigtail on this beast is thick and different. Great look.
I love the band on the 7~20~4. It is clean, and small, and really is a great tribute to the original name with a Kendall twist to it.
The prelight draw was nice with flavors of chocolate and sweet coffee. The cigar appears to be very well constructed all around.
The first third of the 7~20~4 for me starts with a touch of spice and a pretty definitive cedar taste. It was followed up with a rich complex coffee and sweet chocolate flavor and aroma. The flavors were very complex and kept my full attention. The corona had a nice bright white ash with a solid burn, not perfect but didn’t need correcting. In the first third the wrapper cracked on me a bit near the burn area. I never had to relight or correct the split, I just kept on smoking it corrected itself. No Problem!!
As I started smoking into the final third a much stronger, richer chocolate finish came up. It had a very long sweet finish and was very distinct. Coffee notes and bits of spice were still evident and the combination of the flavors made for a great finale. I would say that it starts medium bodied and pretty much stays medium, medium plus in strength throughout.
I really enjoyed this re-lived creation from Kurt. At around 7 dollars a cigar its definitely going to be a permanent fixture in my humidor. As I live in Arizona, the only downfall to this cigar is availability (for me). From what I hear from Kurt, he is working on bring it to my neck of the woods which I am very pleased to hear. Well done!
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