The King is Dead Broken Sword by Caldwell Cigar Company
The King is Dead is a rather interesting cigar in regards to the tobaccos used to blend it. Caldwell is known for using unique and rare tobaccos in their cigars and this cigar is no different. Negrito tobacco is not commonly used in premium handmade cigars due to the difficulty in blending it with other tobaccos, as Negrito tobacco has a very distinctive taste, but when blended well, the results can be surprising. Luckily for us, those at Tabaceleria Ventura have created a blend using a Shade Grown Negrito wrapper sourced from the Dominican Republic and it is delicious!
Vitola: â€œBroken Swordâ€ Corona (5×40)
Wrapper: Shade Grown Negrito Dominicano – 2008
Binder: Corojo Dominicano – 2006
Filler: Corojo Ligero Dominicano 30% (2006), Negrito Viso Dominicano 20% (2008), Habana Vuelta Abaja 20/20 50% (2010)
Appearance: The King is Dead Broken Sword is quite beautiful. It offers a light, milk chocolate brown wrapper with a good amount of tooth and only minor veins present, topped off with a pigtail on the cap.
Pre Light: The cold draw provides a deeply pleasant combination of dates, cedar, and cardamom with an inviting aroma of sugar cane and earth. The draw is perfectly restricting â€“ just open enough to allow for a good mouthful of smoke while not forcing you to smoke too quickly.
I will be dividing the review of this cigar into halves instead of the traditional thirds, simply due to its small size.
First Half: The King is Dead Broken Sword begins sweet and tangy, like dried mango, along with a bit of tobacco and white pepper. As the first half progresses, the sweetness fades a touch and allow for more of the â€œtraditionalâ€ cigar flavors, such as cedar, earth and white pepper to take over with cocoa on the finish. The retrohale is very pleasant as notes of cinnamon, coffee, and honey mingle. The King is Dead Broken Sword stands at the higher end of a medium through the first half, strength wise and holds a solid ash up until the end of the first half.
Second Half: Once the rich and welcoming first half is over, The King is Dead Broken Sword begins to ramp things up. Much of the sweetness has faded as a powerful, yet well balanced, combination of cedar, graham cracker, and allspice take over, leaving subtle notes of fig and black pepper on the finish. The retrohale provides a stronger coffee aroma, such as that of an espresso, along with some dark chocolate and leather. The cigar remains at the high end of a medium in strength during the second half. The ash continues to hold steady throughout the second half of the cigar and only falls twice before I put it down.
Overview & Closing Thoughts: Caldwell has done an impressive job creating a unique addition to the Boutique Cigar market with their line of cigars. The King is Dead Broken Sword presents great flavors with a good level of complexity and depth along with solid construction and body. My total smoking time was just at 40 minutes, making this particular size great for a very pleasant, short, early day smoke.
I know many who are wary of trying new smokes, let alone those from upcoming and boutique manufacturers, but I would certainly recommend trying at least a couple of Caldwellâ€™s offerings. Who knows, you might just find a new favorite!