Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

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Cigar Details: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Corojo
  • Binder: HVA
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Julian Sued Tabac
  • Blender: Edgar Julian Sued
  • Price: $8.00
  • Release Date: January 2021
  • Source: Solitaro

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition is medium brown and has a couple of decently raised veins present. The seams are lifting in some areas while the head is well finished. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional design for the brand while the secondary band is off white and bluish-green and denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of musty wood and barnyard funk while the foot brings a light combination of wood and stewed fruit. The pre-light draw brings musty cedar and graham cracker along with a long lasting mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: With a very flat cap, the Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition is firm in hand. There are medium sized veins present throughout, and the cigar has a smooth and oily texture. It sports a wrapper that is Colorado Maduro in coloring, antique brown, and has prominent barnyard, earth and pipe tobacco notes.
John: The Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC code. The cigar is double banded with “Patience L.E.” as the secondary band. Examining the cigar, it has a rustic appearance to the wrapper, with some visible lumps in places. The cap also has some lumpiness and an untidy appearance. After some burn issues, I examined the cigar and found it to be soft near the foot, and overpacked towards the cap. Aromas from the cigar included sweet bread, graham cracker and light wood. From the foot, there is sweet hay and wood.
Jiunn: The Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition has an even shaded Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are pressed decently well, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Nosing the wrapper tells namely cedar. Nosing the foot gives white pepper and cedar mix. Cold draw gives construction paper and roasted nuts.

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with lightly creamy and musty cedar along with a mild baking spice. At a half inch in, even though there is still a light creaminess, the overall profile has become a bit drying on my palate. The retrohale is a very detailed, but also dry, musty cedar. The third wraps up with the lightly creamy and musty cedar with mild baking spice. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third opens with some lemon pepper spice flavors. I am picking up some hay and tobacco notes with that, and there is a creamy finish with some nutty spice qualities. I would classify the cigar as being medium in strength and body, and there is a long finish with the cigar.
John: The first few puffs brought flavors of baked bread, wood, faint spices, with aged wood on the post draw. Some cocoa at light plus joined the profile after a few more puffs. White pepper takes over the post draw at full strength. Once the cigar has settled in, there is a balanced flavor medley of baked bread, baking spices, wood and the white pepper finish, with chocolate accenting the retrohale. As the cigar progressed through the first third, the post draw pepper intensity continued to fall from the peak of full strength down to just under medium.
Jiunn: The first third has a well balanced flavor profile. Roasted sweet nuts, baking spices, cedar and light minerals. On the retrohale, creamed cherries and elevated cedar. The finish is on the shorter end with cedar and baking spices. The only gripe I have is the body feels a bit thin at medium minus (strength is medium).

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Second Third

Aaron: The second third continues on with the dry profile of lightly creamy and musty cedar with mild baking spice. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice has faded away. The retrohale remains a detailed dry, musty cedar. At an inch in, the creaminess has departed and a light dry earth has joined in. The third wraps up with musty, toasted cedar and dry earth. The strength has bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third continues to deliver those lemon pepper flavors, and they are paired with strong earth notes. I am picking up some tobacco and mineral notes as well, and the finish is that of strong tobacco. I would classify the cigar as medium-full in strength and body.
John: The second third leads with creamy bread, wood and baking spices with dry wood in the post draw. As the second third progressed, the profile became wood forward. By the halfway point, the wood becomes more defined as fresh wood.
Jiunn: The second third elevates the body to a consistent medium (strength still medium). Aside from that, the profile gains the creamed cherries through mouth draws as well. Also, the finish lengthens the earthiness of cedar wood.

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Final Third

Aaron: The final third continues with the musty, toasted cedar and dry earth. The retrohale remains a detailed dry, musty cedar. The cigar wraps up with musty, toasted cedar and dry earth. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third delivered a flavor profile of hay, earth, cedar, tobacco and mineral notes. It is quite bitter and unpleasant. Rough finish. The cigar continued to smoke around that medium-full level.
John: The final third is wood forward out of the gate, with accents of baking spices and light bread. The wood rapidly takes on tannic accents as the last third settles in place. As the last third progressed, earth joined the profile.
Jiunn: The final third decreases in enjoyment and flavor complexities. The creamed cherries and roasted sweet nuts are entirely lost, leaving me with cedar, light minerals and cardboard paper. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Burn

Aaron: The burn was wavy at times and a single touch-up was required to keep everything burning in unison. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: It was never perfect, but never a problem either.
John: The cigar struggled to stay lit almost immediately. By the 5 minute mark, it had gone out, requiring a re-light. The burn was wavy from there, eventually forming a canoe, requiring a touch-up. The burn became wavy again through the second third, struggling to stay lit, and went out for a second time, requiring a second re-light.
Jiunn: Great burn performance. Tight ashes, even burn, ample smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Very good draw from beginning to end.
John: The draw had some small resistance to it, roughly 1 to 1-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: The draw was slightly loose for my liking. Not a big concern, just noteworthy.

Overall

Aaron: While the detailed cedar note that had some creaminess and mustiness was nice, over a long stretch it just became too mundane. With very little changes to the profile across the smoking experience, my attention waned. The Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition was basically just an average experience throughout. The price point is low, so it’s an easy try if you come across it to see what you think, but I don’t see it as something I’m eager to revisit.
Seth: I was not a fan of the Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition. I have not smoked regular production offerings from Solitaro, so I cannot say if this performed better than the regular production offerings. Unpleasant flavors throughout. At times, sharp and bitter.
John: The Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition was overall an average experience for me, with the best flavors coming in the first third with a very pleasant and complex harmony. I can’t help but feel that the construction issues the cigar had, which impacted the burn, almost certainly impacted the flavor profile as well. I’d be willing to try this cigar again, as it seemed that the first third was the profile the cigar intended to have through the whole smoking experience. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 42 minutes.
Jiunn: I love finding gems like this. Coming into this Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition, I didn’t know anything about the brand, the blender, the factory, nothing. And to find such an overall pleasant smoking experience for $8 nonetheless was a wonderful treat. Don’t sleep on this one folks.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.44

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.05

Cost/Point

$1.58

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$1.42

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$1.20

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Solitaro The Hook Patience Limited Edition
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