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The King is Dead by Caldwell Cigar Co.

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Price – Gifted by my BOTL Jared ($8-9 online)
Beverage – Bottled Water
Size – Premier (Robusto – 5 X 50)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)

Ingredients:

Wrapper – Negrito Dominicano – 2008
Binder – Corojo Dominicano – 2006
Fillers – Corojo Ligero Dominicano 30% – 2006, Negrito Viso Dominicano 20% – 2008, HVA 20/20 50% – 2010

This is the second cigar that I’ve smoked as a result of the epic bomb that my BOTL Jared sent me and also my second foray into the Caldwell collection. Here are my thoughts:

1) Good burn, draw, and construction…zero complaints from a performance perspective. This is a departure from the Long Live the King, where it did have a tighter draw.

2) I found the Long Live the King to be considerably more stout, whereas the King is Dead is a solid medium stick and shouldn’t throw you for a loop regardless of tolerance level.

3) I detected some cedar and spice. Additionally, similar to the Long Live the King, there was that straight tobacco taste.

4) My smoke time was one hour and ten minutes

Now to the two questions:

1) Would I smoke it again? Yes

2) Would I give it humidor space? Yes

I really enjoyed the King is Dead and found it to be another solid medium option to add to your arsenal. The two Caldwells that I have smoked have offered lots of flavor at more than reasonable prices, definitely a brand to try if you have not. Thanks again to my man Jared, until next time friends!

Long Live the King by Caldwell Cigars

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Price – Gifted by my BOTL Jared (retail $8-9)
Beverage – Coca-Cola
Size – The Heater (5.75 X 46)
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)

Back of the baseball card via the Caldwell website:

Capa: Corojo Dominicano – 2008
Banda: Corojo Dominicano – 2009
Tripa: Corojo Ligero Dominicano 50% – 2006
Tripa: Viso Pelo De Oro Peruano 10% – 2008
Tripa: Habano Ligero Nicaraguense 40% – 2007

My buddy Jared from the great state of Washington sent me a little care package, complete with a BNSF hat (I trade corn on the BNSF and Jared works for the BNSF, BOTL and Brothers of the Rail) and some Caldwell cigars. Jared’s note mentioned how he wanted me to try a few of the Caldwell offerings seeing as to how we hadn’t reviewed any to this point. Here are my thoughts:

1) First off, the Long Live the King has by far one of the coolest and most recognizable bands in the industry. The draw was a little tight on the stick, but the construction was impeccable and the wrapper had a nice oily beauty to it.

2) Calling the Long Live the King a lower level Sly, stout stick but nothing that will cause you to lose the fancy steak dinner.

3) I found the cigar to have a hearty tobacco taste that lasted through the duration of the smoke along with hints of spice to it.

4) My smoke time was one hour and ten minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes

These days there are so many choices and a lot of cigars that can be had at great values and with that I will have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about all of the hype the Caldwell line has been getting on some of the various cigar forums and boards. However, after smoking this it was a no brainer. The cigar with King Tut on the band aka the Boy King delivers a solid smoking experience at a reasonable price point. The Long Live the King should be a fixture in humidors.

Thanks again Jared!