Team Cigar Review: Statesman The Statesman

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Cigar Details: Statesman The Statesman

  • Vitola: Figurado
  • Length: 5.38″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Undisclosed
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $11.00
  • Release Date: May 2023
  • Source: Statesman Cigar Co.

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The familiarly shaped short figurado sports a medium tan wrapper with some lightly raised veins and wrinkles. The seams are smooth and the tapered head is decently finished. The band is dark green, gold and white and denotes the company name as well as country of manufacture. The Statesman The Statesman feels extremely light. The aroma from the wrapper is a hay forward barnyard funk and couldn’t get anything unique from the small foot opening. The pre-light draw brings hay and a light smokiness.
John: The Statesman The Statesman does not come in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. The cigar is a figurado vitola, essentially a smaller salomones shape. I weighed the cigar at 9.6 grams, which seems quite light for a cigar this size. The humidity, as measured with the HumidiMeter Pro, was 64.9%. Aromas from the wrapper were wood, mild hay and barnyard. Given the very small exposed foot area, I could not identify anything distinct from the foot.

Statesman The Statesman

Statesman The Statesman

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a mix of hay and burning construction paper. At a half inch in, some light earth joins as the construction paper note has lightened up. The retrohale brings toasted cedar, hay and light earth. At an inch in, the toasted cedar joins in on the mouth draws and is even with the hay. As the third comes to a close, the hay and toasted cedar are even up front, with some earth in the middle and a bit of burning construction paper in the background. The strength level was mild.
John: Mildly sweet wood gets the first third started, followed by nuts and then wood joining the nuts into the post draw. The wood on the post draw lingers between draws on my palate. The retrohale becomes defined by sweetness, wood and mild baking spices. A nutmeg and earth combination becomes identifiable as the first third settles in. Earth joins the post draw as the first third continues.

Statesman The Statesman

Statesman The Statesman

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, a mild black pepper joins the profile. At a quarter inch in the black pepper is now in the middle of the profile, even with the earth. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, hay and light earth. At an inch in, the earth picks up a little as the pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the hay and toasted cedar remain up front, with earth right behind and the black pepper a bit further behind with some burning construction paper in the background. The strength bumped up to mild-medium.
John: The second third begins with sweet earth and wood. As the second third establishes itself, lingering medium earth is present through the draw, and through the post draw. There are no more evolutions during the second third.

Statesman The Statesman

Statesman The Statesman

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level of the cedar and the burning construction paper note both increase a bit. The retrohale now has the toasted cedar, hay and earth all even. As the cigar wraps up, the hay and toasted cedar remain up front, with earth right behind and the burning construction paper and black pepper are even a bit further behind. The strength remained at mild-medium.
John: My initial flavor impressions in the last third are sweet wood, mild breadiness and a mild earth to finish. The post draw earth moves up to medium strength as the last third continues.

Statesman The Statesman

Statesman The Statesman

Burn

Aaron: The burn was slightly offset through the first third, but was then straight the rest of the way. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
John: The burn is straight through the entire review process.

Statesman The Statesman

Statesman The Statesman

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
John: The draw is perfect, right in the ideal zone between open and resistant.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a mix of hay and burning construction paper. Some light earth joined in a bit later and then some toasted cedar. The second third saw some black pepper join in and the rest of the cigar maintained this profile with some slight variations in fullness of some of the components. The Statesman The Statesman had an average flavor throughout, with a pretty light strength level. Nothing bad about the flavor profile, but also nothing intriguing. This is the first cigar I’ve smoked from the brand, and while I wouldn’t see myself returning to this cigar, I’d be interested in trying some of their other offerings.
John: The Statesman The Statesman was pleasant through the entire review process. I didn’t find any of the thirds to be particularly dynamic or engaging with the flavors that were offered up. The draw and burn were both perfect. I’m assuming that the significantly underweight nature of the cigar was a miss in the quality department. Although I often wonder how something this under could have made its way through to the boxing process, as anyone handling the cigar should have immediately identified it. I am curious to revisit the experience to see if a version with more tobacco performed better. The total smoking time was extremely fast at 59 minutes.

Aaron
John
AveragePre
Light
Average
AverageFirst
Third
Average
AverageSecond
Third
Average
AverageFinal
Third
Average
Very GoodBurnAmazing
Very GoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$2.00

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.91

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Statesman The Statesman

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