On first puff, I’m wondering what all the hype is about. Is it a flavorful cigar? Definitely. I’m just having an issue with figuring out what flavors. Is that a touch of leather? Was that a hint of spice? Did I just feel the heat of pepper? Um….Yes, Yes, and Yes. But what about that touch of sweet tea? I, catch that also. The real issue I’m having is that nothing stands out and takes charge. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not. It makes for a delicious medley that is similar to a ghosted pipe.
So, let’s move on to construction while my tastes get to Tango. The wrapper feels like a fine grit sand paper, 2000, 3000, just say, “really fine grit”. The veins are very small, and color is a uniform shade that makes it hard to notice the edges of the wrap. The burn is everything you can ask for. And the draw is enough to make me almost want to throw the pipes away.
Ash is substantial and the smoke is thick and white, maybe a bit of blue but just a touch. If there is a real drawback to this stick it is the short length. Not the length of time, but I’m going to be shocked if you don’t want it to be 7 inches longer just to extend the pleasure of smoking it.
Strength is a medium, not strong enough to make you sit down, the flavor will take care of that. Not so light that you will contemplate the meaning of life or what you are going to smoke next, just medium.
If there is a true issue, it would be that the length screams LUNCH SMOKE, but the slow speed of burn makes it not possible. Sure you could huff on it but, you will not want to.
A wonderful smoke, a Binary 1 with no reservations. Be prepared to stuff the nub into a pipe, or burn your fingers. Either way putting it out will feel like a crime. Skip the single stick purchases and get the whole box, you can thank me later.
Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes