Price – Compliments of Hassan and Hussein at Hollywood Smokes
Rating – Rambo
So I’m at Hollywood Smokes for my weekly Sunday cigar purchase where I typically load up for the coming week because I don’t want to smoke the stuff I have aging in my humidor. So I’m at the checkout and Hussein is like, “hey you liked that 708 Maduro, try this one” and gives me what I came to find out is called the Barber Poll, a bigger size Maduro, and a 708 Maduro like the one in my previous review. When I saw the cigar, I was instantly intrigued by the wrapper and thought well this is cool, I’ll give that a shot.
As my second week of cigar exploration continues, I’ve tried not to smoke my normal Ligas, Nica Rusticas, Opus, etc and have tried to focus on new cigars in hopes of identifying more go to choices. My definition of a go to cigar is one which you smoke upon purchase, rather than stock away in your humidor for aging purposes. This Barber Poll definitely fits the bill of a go to cigar for me. It’s not a full body cigar like I normally prefer, but this isn’t a mild cigar by any means either. it’s a nice blend and is a good smooth smoke. We now move to the two big questions:
Would I smoke this again? Absolutely
Would I give it humidor space? This is a tough one because overall, the 708 Maduro fits my taste profile better, so if I had to choose, it would probably be the Maduro. Either way, one of them would get some temporary space before I smoked it.
Bottom line is this, these guys may not have the brand recognition (a more intricate, eye catching band may help though) of a CAO, Guhrka, or Rocky Patel, etc, but they make some damn good cigars and I would take the 708 Maduro or Barber Poll over those three makers any day of the week. If you haven’t tried a 708 because you’ve never heard of them, give them a shot, I think you will enjoy the smoke (sorry if I sound like a homer, but the 708 is where I’m from!)
Until next time my friends – Mo
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