Team Cigar Review: Fable Two Things

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Cigar Details: Fable Two Things

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Habano and Connecticut
  • Binder: Honduran Habano
  • Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Fabrica Centroamericana de Tabaco
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: April 2023
  • Source: Fable

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The Fable Two Things is a barber pole, with a thin strip of light brown Connecticut showing between the medium brown Habano that has some decently raised veins to it. The seams are pretty well done and the caps are well applied. The band is black, white and green with a design of I don’t know what on the front and the company logo on back. The aroma from the wrappers is a cedar forward barnyard while the foot brings cedar and stewed fruit. The pre-light draw is a mix of cedar, graham cracker and floral perfume along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: I don’t know the meaning of these symbols on the band, but they’re pretty funky and look good against the cigar. I mean one looks like it is a combination of a shot of green espresso and Maui’s hook. It’s pretty cool. Nicely finished, the Fable Two Things is firm throughout. Coloring between Claro and Natural. Aromas of sweet spices, rich earth, raisins, chocolate and tobacco.
John: The Fable Two Things comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear space to leave it intact when opened. For additional artisanal complications, the cigar has a thin barber pole tobacco strip weaved through it. Aromas from the wrapper included chocolate, wood, hay and mild, sweet tobacco. From the foot, I was getting sweet graham cracker, hay and wood.

Fable Two Things

Fable Two Things

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a dry mix of toasted cedar, mustiness and light baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice picks up a bit. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth and lightly zingy baking spice. At an inch and a half in, some toasted earth joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar up front with toasted earth and mustiness a bit behind and baking spice a bit further behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third opens with this nice tobacco, cream and spice profile. There is this dry earth quality and it has this tobacco and leather finish as well. Balanced and medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy vegetal starts things with wood to follow, and mild, spicy wood to finish. There is a delayed sweetness on the post draw. As the first third settles in, chocolate comes into the retrohale, mixing with the same vegetal on the main draw. The profile evolves to become light-plus tannic wood forward with the tannins lingering through the center of the draw. The vegetal note becomes a musty tobacco as it continues.

Fable Two Things

Fable Two Things

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth increases to become even with the cedar up front. At a half inch in, the mustiness picks up a bit. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, earth and lightly zingy baking spice. At an inch and a quarter, the toast level increases. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front with the mustiness and baking spice a bit behind. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third continues to deliver that dry earth with some leather and soft spices. There is a creaminess with the cigar and it has this coffee and tobacco finish. Again, medium in strength and body.
John: Musty tobacco leads off the second third with a dry wood to follow, lingering with some tannins into the post draw. The tannins fade as the cigar progresses towards the halfway point, with some sweetness coming into the retrohale. Mild earth joins the finish hitting the halfway point.

Fable Two Things

Fable Two Things

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, a light floral note joins the profile. At a half inch in, the toast level increases a bit more. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, earth and lightly zingy baking spice. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is heavily toasted cedar and earth even up front with mustiness and baking spice a bit behind and light floral note in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is similar to the second. Bits of dry earth with some leather and soft spices. Finish of cream and coffee. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood starts the last third with tannic wood finishing. That tannic wood has a long finish through the post draw and brings with it some dryness. Some bitterness is coming through at the end of each puff as it settles in. Light-plus strength baking spices come into the retrohale moving towards the halfway point.

Fable Two Things

Fable Two Things

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times and the cigar went out three times, requiring re-lights.
Seth: Amazing burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight through the review with no intervention required.

Fable Two Things

Fable Two Things

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw was quite snug, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches into the resistant spectrum. The cigar struggled at times to produce sufficient smoke.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a dry mix of toasted cedar, mustiness and light baking spice. Some toasted earth joined a bit later. The final third saw a light floral note join in, The Fable Two Things started OK, straddling that level between good and average. From the second third on, the profile was firmly in the average range as the re-lights may have taken their toll. There are some nice flavor notes mixed in, but they weren’t able to have the influence to really make it a profile that stands out. Not a bad offering for Fable out of a new factory, but not something I’d see myself really coming back to.
Seth: I enjoyed the Fable Two Things. I thought it was a really good barber pole. Nice flavor profile from start to finish. Great construction as well. Nice blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco. Connecticut in there as well with the wrapper. I’ve got more than two nice things to say about this creative piece of work.
John: We tend to have a saying at Developing Palates; largely Honduran blended cigars tend to be great or not at all. Unfortunately, in the case of the Fable Two Things, it’s the latter and not the former. The profile was largely made up of wood, vegetal notes, tannins and mild earth throughout the review. The burn was perfect while the draw was quite resistant and at times impacted smoke production. I prefer the other Fable offerings as this one is a miss for me. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 53 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
GoodPre
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GoodFirst
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SubparBurnAmazingBurnAmazing
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AverageOverallGoodOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$2.16

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.76

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$2.26

Scoring System

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