Brazil Trüllerie Fernando Cigar: Not what I expected from a cheap cigar
Sometimes I choose a cigar on a whim with little thought or expectation of what lies ahead. Such was the case with the Brazil Trüllerie Fernando cigar. I dropped it in to my shopping cart at Paul Bugge as it was ridiculously cheap, in stock, and made a nice even number of cigars for my order.
It had been sat in my humidor for a couple of months when I decided that I fancied a cigar but nothing too complicated or requiring an in-depth analysis of the flavours. Looking through my humidor I thought “why not?”. As is was about the cheapest cigar I have ever purchased my expectations were about as low as they could get. If it was a bad cigar, I was out about a British pound, and at least I would know to steer clear next time.
With my Guinness Martini in one hand and my cheap cigar in the other, I sat back to see where the evening would take me. The first think I noticed whilst holding the Fernando cigar was just how rough the wrapper was. There were ugly bumps all over the wrapper and the head was badly finished. A quick squeeze told me that it was evenly constructed, but my already low expectations were falling further.
The aromas that the cigar was putting forth weren’t at all unpleasant, in fact they were much more appetising than the look of the cigar suggested. Hints of peat and green tobacco tickled my nose enticing me to light the cigar rather than return it to my humidor or throw it away in disgust. The cold draw on the other hand was tasteless. It literally tasted of nothing. At least it wasn’t plugged.
Once lit, the Brazil Trüllerie Fernando Cigar took on a whole new life. As expected, the draw was very easy and the first flavours that came through were toffee, cream and the nicely charred ends of a well barbequed rump steak. I had a feeling that this was going to be an interesting journey that I was about to embark on. Maybe it would be worth taking notes on after all!
Taking a few moments to contemplate the quality of the smoke, it felt very light in my mouth in contrast to the heavy, yet rather bland, flavours of the actual cigar. Where the cigar had undertones of cardamom and nutmeg, the smoke tasted of hazelnuts and looked a lot more handsome than the stogie from which it was emanating.
Having given up on the Guinness Martini a while back (it really was rather “meh” tasting) I noticed that I was getting quite an impressive stick of light grey ash. At one inch long, it was still holding on, so I thought I’d see just how long it would last. The answer was another half inch but there was no mess at all when it dropped. It was at this point that I got notes of rocket leaf.
In the final inch of the Brazil Trüllerie Fernando Cigar, I started to find little flakes of tobacco on my lips and tongue after every draw. This started bringing down my overall enjoyment of the cigar and admittedly I didn’t end up smoking it much further than the base of the cigar band. That being said, it was a much better smoke overall than it had any right to be for its cost.
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Brazil Trüllerie Fernando Cigar Details
- Vitola: Figurado
- Length: 4¼”
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Smoke Time: 1h 30
- Source: Paul Bugge
Brazil Trüllerie Fernando Review Summary
For a dirt cheap cigar I was very impressed. It was worth smoking just to know that very cheap cigars can be okay. Would I smoke it again? Probably not, but at least I can say I have.
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