Team Cigar Review: ACID 20

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Cigar Details: ACID 20

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.60
  • Release Date: August 2019
  • Source: Drew Estate

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the ACID 20 is dark brown and has some prominently raised veins as it covers the square pressed contents. The seams are smooth and very well blended while the head is also squared off, flat and covered with a well applied double cap. There are two bands, both with a silver and black color combination. The primary band has the number 20 on it with the ACID logo as a silhouette. The foot band has the brand name and spells out twenty. The aroma from the wrapper is a potpourri of oils, herbs and probably lots of other things. The foot carries a very subdued version of the same aroma along with some natural tobacco coming through. The pre-light draw has some of the same subtle oils, herbs, etc. but it also brings a very thick sweetness on my lips and tongue from the wrapper.

Pre-light Experience

The ACID 20 is nicely pressed and with a lovely milk chocolate colored wrapper. There are few veins present and it is firm throughout. A solid maduro, the cigar delivers aromas of patchouli, chocolate sweetness, citrus and rich earth.

First Third

The cigar begins with draws of wood and mustiness and then the immense sweetness comes on during the finish from the wrapper. At a quarter inch in, the wood gains a light char. At a half inch in, the post draw sweetness has lightened up considerably, making it easier to detect the flavors on the actual draw. At three quarters of an inch inch in, an herbal note joins in with the lightly charred wood and mustiness. The retrohale has a more cohesive mixture of the wood mustiness and herbal note. At an inch and a quarter, the herbal note is more defined as an herbal grassiness and it has picked up in fullness to become even with the wood and mustiness. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some lovely Eastern spice flavors. It is paired with some citrus, rich earth, chocolate syrup and some patchouli sweetness as well. The strength, body and flavors are smoking at a medium level, and there is a lot going on with this infused smoke.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a faint mintiness is present on random draws. There is still a slight sweetness on the post draw, but the draw flavors are still easily detectable. At a half inch in, the herbal grassiness has a slight lead over the musty wood. The retrohale is primarily musty wood but has some herbal grassiness in the background. At an inch in, the mustiness becomes pretty dense. As the third comes to a close, the grassy herbal note, wood and mustiness are at equal levels with still a slight sweetness on the post draw. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

As I enter into the second third of the cigar, I find a lot of similarities with the first third and the flavors delivered are truly enjoyable. They all play off of one another wonderfully and deliver a great infused experience. The Eastern spice, patchouli and rich earth notes are lovely, and with the citrus flavors deliver a cool profile.

Final Third

As the final third begins, some char comes back to the wood while the mustiness is paired with it up front and the herbal grassisness is now very faint in the background. At a half inch in, the herbal grassiness becomes a bit concentrated and picks up in fullness bringing a slight bitterness to the profile. The retrohale now carries a musty pine note. As the third comes to a close, it is now musty pine along with a slight bitterness. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

The final third is fairly similar to that of the first and second third, and it continues to deliver those great citrus, Eastern spice, rich earth and chocolate flavors. The strength, body and flavors remain at that medium level like before, and it’s a great smoking experience.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy at times and did go out once in the second third which required a re-light. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The burn on the cigar was absolutely amazing. The construction was simply fantastic from start to finish and the ash produced was beautiful in appearance and held on well throughout.

Draw

I punched the head of the cigar due to the head being so flat and squared off and while the draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, it didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with slightly charred wood and mustiness and an immense post draw sweetness from the cap. That sweetness really mellowed about a half inch in to allow the draw flavors to be more identifiable. As things progressed, an herbal grassiness joined in with the musty wood and held on until the final third when some bitterness joined in and the wood became more of a pine note. Construction was pretty good and strength was right around slightly above medium. Overall, the ACID 20 was fairly average and just presented some basic and typical flavor notes. The sweetness wasn’t overpowering after the first half inch and the cigar didn’t have much of an infused style other than the herbal grassiness. I do feel that this cigar could be defined as a gateway cigar as it could lead to transitioning smokers from infused to more traditional as the overall profile was more of a non-infused style. The price point is fairly low for most of the ACID offerings, so that may help more people try it. Probably not something I’m going to smoke frequently, but not something I’d be against smoking again.

Aaron
Seth
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
SubparFinal
Third
Good
GoodBurnAmazing
Very GoodDrawVery Good
AverageOverallGood

Draw

The draw from start to finish was solid and it produced a nice level of resistance that benefited the cigar and slowed the smoking experience from start to finish.

Overall

This may sound crazy, but I truly believe the infused releases to honor 20 years of ACID are some of the best new cigars released this year. There may not be tons of transitioning throughout each third, but the complexities delivered with the infusion process really made for solid smoking experiences. They took solid tobacco with enjoyable core flavors and amplified the cigar for the consumer’s benefit. The ACID 20 smoked great in terms of draw and burn, and when I was done smoking I was happy with the experience. There was no level of disappointment, but pure enjoyment. Consistent, well made, flavorful and fun.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.05

Cost/Point

$1.90

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.02

Cost/Point

$1.37

Scoring System

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