London Cut Black Tie Cigar Review
This 6×50 24k gold wrapped cigar features a real gold foil wrapper with minimal showing veins, no seams, a firm dense pack with an inch of dark brown firm toothy wrapper showing at the head. First light reveals a good draw with medium bodied smoke showing a slightly bitter very dry tobacco flavor and a fairly long clean finish. The first third immediately drops the bitterness which may have been from toasting the gold. Flavors intensify to a medium-full keeping the core of a dry smooth tobacco with a unique metallic zingy earth finish. I have no idea if that’s from the gold or not but it’s distinct and not unpleasant. Interestingly and to it’s claim to fame, the ash is holding on very solid completely wrapped in the gold. It’s shrinking around the ash core as it burns, leaving a shiny solid tube, looking like just a smaller cigar behind. Hitting the 1/2 way point at 25 minutes the 2nd third keeps the same great construction adding an intermittent sweet plum to the draw. The foot smoke if inhaled at all during a draw, has a chemical paint-like aroma. Ending at the hour mark, the burn progressively slowing, the last third dropped the plum as the gold wrapper part ended at the band. The ash did hold well in to the 2nd third and then broke again right past the band where it was normal ash. Thank you very much to Cigars Direct for providing this for review! They have a handful left if you would like one and are selling them at the box-single price of just $200 rather than the full single price, for a $50 savings. Full boxes, gift sets and more can be bought direct from London Cut for $250 to $4000.