Team Cigar Review: Adrian Magnus Black Black

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Cigar Details: Adrian Magnus Black Black

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Adrian Magnus
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $26.00
  • Release Date: 2021
  • Source: Adrian Magnus

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Adrian Magnus Black Black is a uniform dark brown with a network of thick, lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. The band is gold, black, white and red and denotes the brand, line and age statement. The aroma from the wrapper is a faint, general wood note while the foot provides lightly sweet cedar. The pre-light draw brings musty cedar and dusty earth.
John: The Adrian Magnus Black Black does not come in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. There is a single, wide Adrian Magnus Black Black Aged 12 Years band with white, gold and black letters and various colors for the background. I weighed the cigar at 19.2 grams and measured the humidity at 61.7% with the HumidiMeter Pro. For aromas, I could detect faint raisin and tobacco with aged wood and some underpinnings of mustiness. The foot had faint aromas of wood and hay.

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Adrian Magnus Black Black

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a slightly dry, toasted cedar and light earth. At a half inch in, some chalkiness joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar with some earth and chalkiness. At an inch and a quarter, the chalkiness is now right behind the toasted cedar. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the chalkiness, with earth in the background. The strength was mild-medium.
John: The first third gets going with tobacco, chocolate, with baking spices in the middle and a musty wood to finish. A delayed astringency comes into the post draw after just a few seconds. As the first third progresses, tobacco sweetness moves into the center of the retrohale. Some savory qualities also develop in the center of the profile at medium minus strength. Vegetal notes are present on the finish as the first third continues. By the bottom half, a lingering, dry wood is detectable on the post draw.

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the chalkiness mellows and the earth picks up as they meet in the middle of the profile. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with light chalkiness. At an inch in, the toast level picks up a bit and a mild black pepper joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with earth a bit behind and light amounts of chalkiness and black pepper in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly below medium.
John: Creamy wood starts the second third with a mildly musty and dry wood to follow and sits on the post draw between each puff. Sweet wood moves into the center of the profile with dry wood lingering at medium strength on the post draw.

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level becomes pretty heavy, bringing along some wood bitterness. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with mild black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the heavily toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth with chalkiness, black pepper and wood bitterness in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
John: My flavor impressions in the last third are creamy, lingering earth that carries into the post draw. A mild char joins the post draw after a few puffs as it settles. The char fades as it moves towards the halfway point, as the profile is largely wood forward with wood defining the post draw.

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was straight throughout, and the ash held on in inch and a half increments.
John: The burn is straight through the entire review process.

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Adrian Magnus Black Black

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
John: The draw is somewhat into the resistant spectrum, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a slightly dry, toasted cedar and light earth. Some chalkiness joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw a mild black pepper join in. The final third saw the toast level become heavy and a light wood bitterness join in. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Adrian Magnus Black Black had an average flavor profile throughout, focused around toasted cedar, earth and chalkiness. Light strength that built up to medium. Quite an expensive cigar that didn’t deliver on flavor for me. Not a cigar I’d come back to, but I’m interested to try some of their other offerings.
John: The Adrian Magnus Black Black was an overall pleasant experience, with the first third delivering the most dynamic flavor combinations for me. The burn was perfect while I found the draw to be somewhat resistant. I’d be happy to continue to explore the Adrian Magnus offerings, although the Black Black isn’t something I’d be likely to return to without factoring price into the consideration. While the cigar was pleasant, I was hoping the second third was going to be more dynamic and keep me engaged. The total smoking time was 2 hours and 32 minutes.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond
Third
Average
AverageFinal
Third
Average
AmazingBurnAmazing
AmazingDrawGood
AverageOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$4.52

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$4.48

Scoring System

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