Size: 5.5 x 55 ( Lionheart – Box Pressed )
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Behind The Stick:
Not often is it that you find any company openly using the Knights Templar symbolism yet alone a Cigar company. Being a blood line Knights Templar legacy the story of the Templar’s was instilled in me at the same time as Humpty Dumpty and The Three Blind Mice. With a history as rich and detailed at the Templars – I will have to admit I looked at the band and though “They think the picture is cool” ( which it is! ) and that was pretty much the extent of it until I started looking through their portfolio and researching the company. Ark of the Covenant, Barbarossa, Charlemagne, Clermont, Crusader, Holy Grail, Knights Templar, Lionheart and St. George are the names of each of their vitolas – to say that they have done their research would be an understatement.
Their website probably has the best explanation I have seen, I will let them take over now – “In a world of stronger and spicier, Ave Maria was made to be simply better. Better materials. Better balance. Better quality. Medium in body but full in flavor, each Ave Maria vitola graces your palate with a luxurious bouquet and savory aromas. Earth, leather, roasted coffee bean and gentle spices complement a rich yet creamy character. Expect perfect balance from this elegant display of impressive craftsmanship.”
I am not normally one that goes for the box pressed cigars – I don’t know why but it just doesn’t ‘do’ anything for me. Even with my prior opinion, I kept looking at this cigar in my humidor thinking “I’m saving that”. It looks that good. Evenly packed from head to foot, only the slightest bit of give near the foot. The dark brown wrapper has no imperfections but there are a few visible veins. I can’t stop talking about the band – the imagery and the colors not only pop against the brown wrapper but there is something ‘commanding’ about it. I like it!
This is one of those cigars that starts out “rough” – a little tart and biter with just enough spice to keep you smoking. This ‘false start’ only lasted 3 or 4 puffs but it made enough of an impression on me to write it down. After this jerky beginning, pleasant and balanced flavors of wood, hay and this faint sweetness that stuck to my lips more than my tastebuds. Once the cigar had a chance to rock and roll a bit ( a little over half way ) the faint sweetness moved up to bat, rounding out a wood and leather combination that may be a bit too bitter without that sweet kick. The complexity lies within the middle but the entire cigar had this ‘continually changing’ feel to it.
As I said before – just because the cigar has a Knights Templar on the band, I have to say that the ‘appearance’ of the cigar is great haha! In all seriousness though – the contrasting lights and bold colors go against the dark brown wrapper so well I can’t even describe it. The big point though – the flavor… For being a sub $10 dollar smoke I am very impressed with the level of complexity and balance this cigar has. Top 10? Without a doubt. Top 3? Maybe not ‘that’ good but my wife even said that the room aroma was not overwhelming. If your a mild guy who is wanting to dip your toes into the darker side of the cigar world or if you are normally a full body guy who is wanting to change it up a bit – I cannot recommend the Ave Maria line enough. If you have had the chance to try one please let me know what you thought, if not then go get yourself a pair or a 5 pack!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory