Price – $5.16/stick @ Famous Smoke Shop
Beverage – Dunkin Donuts coffee w/cream and sugar
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)
Back of the baseball card information:
Size: 6 1/2 x 52
Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper Color: Maduro
Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
Wrapper Leaf Type: Sumatra
My favorite Patel cigar up to this point has always been the Bold by Nish Patel which I found to fit my flavor profile the best. However, after smoking this Evolution, the Bold might have itself a little competition. Here are my thoughts:
1) I’ve read that guys have had draw and burn issues, but I did not experience either problem. I found the Evolution to have a good burn with an easy draw.
2) This is billed as a full body cigar, but I think it’s more of a medium body so I’m sticking with a solid Demi rating. Even if you typically smoke milder cigars, I think you’ll be alright making a jump to the Evolution.
3) I thought the first half of the cigar was ok, but about half way through I really started to enjoy the Evolution and was impressed by the variety of flavors and smoothness.
4) This is not a quick smoke and I could not believe how long this stick lasted. It took me about an hour and ten minutes to get through it and I was hardly nursing it. I suggest having ample time to smoke before firing up the Evolution.
The two main questions:
Would I smoke this again? Yes, the Evolution is $5.16/stick at Famous, yes you read that correctly. This easily could be a $7-$8 cigar and the value took it from a Sabotage rating to a Rambo.
Would I give it humidor space? Yes, but I’d give it renter status. As I’ve stated before it’s always good to have cost effective options for a go-to smoke and this cigar definitely fits the bill. This is also a great stick to have around for your buddies that come over who don’t normally smoke cigars and you want to give them something good without breaking the bank.
As our readers know, we are huge on maximizing our money and helping you do the same by recommending the best possible sticks at various price levels. Comparison wise, the Evolution is less tasty than a Havana VI by Tatuaje, but better tasting than a Drew Estate Uzi. At $5.16/cigar you really can’t go wrong here. Great value for a solid smoke.