Team Cigar Review: Biden 2020

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Cigar Details: Biden 2020

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Undisclosed
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: August 2020
  • Source: Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Biden 2020 is light brown with a few lightly raised veins. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised while the head is finished off with a very well applied triple cap. The cigar feels a bit light for its size. The band is white, blue and red and has the Biden Presidential campaign design. The aroma from the wrapper is Spanish cedar as if you just opened up a brand new humidor. The foot brings the same, except it has more depth. The pre-light draw brings a musty Spanish cedar with mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Natural to Colorado in coloring, the wrapper on the Biden 2020 sports small veins and is smooth and oily in texture. It has a nice triple cap and is giving off aromas of dry wood and earth. With that, the foot is giving off aromas of cereal, wood, earth and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Biden 2020 appears to have a soft box press to it, although it isn’t evident looking at anything other than the foot. The wrapper is a chocolate brown color and quite smooth. I was able to pick out sweet wood, pepper and full strength salt from the wrapper. From the foot, just mild, sweet earth.

Pre-light Experience

The Biden 2020 has a uniform Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head with a well applied triple wrap. Aromas from the wrapper tell barnyard and cedar. Aromas from the foot gives dried nuts and cinnamon. Cold draw yields hay and cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with mildly spicy cedar and a mix of mustiness and creaminess. At a half inch in, the mildly spicy cedar has the lead and is a bit dry. At an inch in, all of the components are even and the profile has become fairly light. The retrohale is musty cedar. At an inch and a quarter, the creaminess has left the profile. As the third comes to a close, the flavors become a bit fuller and it’s mildly spicy cedar and mustiness that is slightly dry overall. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some lemon peel citrus notes and it is accompanied by some peppery spice qualities. There is leather and damp wood present as well, and the finish is meaty with mineral qualities. In terms of strength and body, the cigar falls right between a medium and medium-full.

First Third

Dry wood opens the first third, with a light sourness on the retrohale. It reminds me immediately of cigar blends where they used too much Ometepe, and the profile takes on a sour, funky profile. As the first third settles in, a mild graham cracker comes through.

First Third

The first third has quite a bit of generalities. Some general notes of slightly drying wood, black pepper and leather. Retrohaling doesn’t really help much as the drying wood picks up a bitterness, but it is nice that the black pepper shows up more. The finish is all about the dry wood note. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the mildly spicy cedar and mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, a light dry earth joins the profile. The retrohale is now musty cedar with a bit of dry earth. The third finishes up with the musty and slightly spicy cedar ahead of the light dry earth. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third delivers some mineral and black pepper qualities, and it is accompanied by some wood and leather notes. There are some sharp herbal qualities as well, and the second third is a touch down from the first with flavors. In terms of strength and body, the cigar is smoking at a medium level.

Second Third

The profile is largely unchanged from the first third, with dry wood and a musty and sour combination on the retrohale. As the cigar reaches the halfway point, musty earth is driving the profile at light plus intensity.

Second Third

The second third is a direct mirror of the first third. Still the same flavor profile of slightly drying wood, black pepper and leather. I’m mainly focused on the finish as the dry wood note is very long, sticking to my palate until the subsequent draw. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the earth becomes a bit fuller. At a half inch in, all components are even. The retrohale remains musty cedar with a bit of dry earth. At an inch in, the dry earth has a slight lead over the musty cedar and the overall profile is fairly dry now. At an inch and a quarter, the cedar gains a bit of char. The cigar wraps up with the dry earth slightly ahead of the musty and charred cedar.

Final Third

The final third delivers some meaty qualities and it is paired with some spices, coffee and leather. The damp wood and earth notes are present on the finish and it has touches of creamy red pepper as well. Like the first third, the cigar is smoking at a level between medium and medium-full.

Final Third

Sour mustiness carries the cigar into the last third. The sourness is stepping up in intensity, reaching medium strength. As the cigar settles, a charred earth moves into the middle of the profile.

Final Third

Tempting to just copy and paste what I wrote for the second third, the final third is exactly the same. Slightly drying wood, black pepper and leather is all there is to talk about. I guess points for consistency? Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was fairly wavy at times, but it always self corrected. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn was very good throughout. Construction as well. It was perfect in the first third, mostly the first half, but it began to show some minor wavy qualities in the second and final third.

Burn

A canoe formed in the first third, requiring a touch-up. A second canoe formed moving into the second third, requiring another touch-up. The ash was flaky throughout the review experience.

Burn

Burn performance was good overall. The only issue was a couple complete re-lights which happened after ashing. But the cigar did have a relatively even burn, cool burning temperate and solid ashes.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The Biden 2020 had a fairly average and simple flavor profile focused around slightly spicy cedar and mustiness. The final third dropped down a bit as the dry earth took the lead and the cedar gained some char. With this being a bit of a novelty cigar, it will likely be fine for the smokers that pick this up as the strength is a bit below medium and the flavor profile is something that’s easily approachable before it hits the final third, which most smokers of this cigar probably won’t reach. Not a cigar I see myself revisiting, but for a novelty cigar, I think it works fine.

Draw

Perfect draw on my Biden 2020 offering.

Overall

The Biden 2020 was an average cigar, but in reality I would give it a 341. That’s where it will be smoking on November 3, 2020. In reality, the construction was solid, so was the draw, and the appearance was decent as well. I think the first third was average, followed by a terrible second third, but it finished by delivering some redeeming qualities in the end that touched on the highlights of the first third. Definitely a cigar to pick up for election day and to hold onto for at least four years.

Draw

The draw has some resistance to it, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches.

Overall

The Biden 2020 was not overwhelming, or underwhelming, it was simply whelming. The flavor profile never elevated itself beyond some simple components of wood, sourness, mustiness and earth, with minor graham cracker coming through in the first third. Rather milquetoast, which you can read into as much as you want, given the Presidential candidate the cigar is associated with. Draw had some resistance to it, and the burn required some touch-up attention. There isn’t enough going on here for me to want to smoke another one of these again. Total smoking time is 1 hour and 49 minutes.

Draw

The draw was ideal, providing the best balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Obviously, it’s difficult to come into this cigar without preconceived notions. All having nothing to do with the actual cigar smoking experience (thank God), I’ll solely focus on the flavor delivery of the cigar. The flavor delivery was overall average, with familiar cigar flavors of slightly dry wood, black pepper and leather. Although showing great consistency of flavors, there wasn’t anything to keep me intrigued and engaged. I guess you can go purchase this cigar if you support Biden.

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Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$1.75

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.70

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John McTavish

SCORE

4.75

Cost/Point

$1.89

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.62

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