Daniel Marshall Red Label – Cigar Review

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Up for review is the Daniel Marshall Red Label.  Daniel Marshall is known for high end humidors, and these expensive cigars are red hot right now.  It has an excellent looking wrapper leaf with an earthy and chocolatey smell.  The draw is perfect after cutting.  Once lit up, it starts off with earth and coffee flavor and a very spicy finish.  2 of the 3 cigars had construction issues which really hindered the experience.  In the final third, a bitter coffee flavor dominated.  Overall, The construction issues hurt this one a lot, it’s hard to enjoy when you’re fussing with the cigar.  The flavor was good, but not spectacular, it lacked in complexity and was often one-dimensional.  It’s a very pricey cigar, so we expected a lot more from it.

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StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 41/50
Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Construction: 7/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Total: 37
IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 41

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7:37 PM
IamDarren: Pulled it out of the cello. Nice earthy, chocolaty smell to the wrapper. Looks and feels like a premium. Tight seams and very small veins.
7:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: Real nice looking wrapper leaf. Nice tight draw after cutting. Has an earthy smell to it.
7:39 PM
Terry1: My Daniel Marshall has a smooth wrapper with minimal veins. There’s a pleasant barnyard aroma to it. Draw is about perfect. The cold draw has raisin and cedar notes to it. I’m ready to light up and give this a try.
7:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lighting!
7:40 PM
IamDarren: agreed. I also got a tangy, raisin note on the cold draw. Perfect draw as well. Lighting up!
7:42 PM
IamDarren: Lots of cedar and spice in the first few puffs.
7:43 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’m getting tangy and spicy flavors with a mild sweetness and some pepper. Good on the first few puffs.
7:44 PM
Terry1: Same here, spice is very bold on the start. Also the cedar and a sweetness in the background. Producing plenty of smoke.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: yes, gobs of smoke. A+ on smoke production.
7:46 PM
IamDarren: mine is already settling down. Picking up more earth and some sort of sweetness. Cedar and spice is moving to the front of my mouth and the sinus. Finish is getting more rich.
7:47 PM
StraightUpCigars: Hard to set this one down, interesting flavor mix so far. My burn is even and the ash seems rock hard.
7:49 PM
IamDarren: Dang. Just noticed a big crack in the center of mine. Looks like a fragile wrapper. Its perpendicular to the cigar so im thinking the heat just made it expand. Also the cap is starting to come off.
7:52 PM
Terry1: Yeah I can finally retrohale a little bit now. Lots of flavors coming through. Earth and coffee are now making an appearance. The sweetness and spice are creating an interesting balance to the smoke at the moment.
7:53 PM
IamDarren: Flavors are pretty good still. Flavors are starting to mix together more. Sort of a earth, cedar, spice, and maybe chocolate blend.
7:56 PM
StraightUpCigars: I agree, it’s very balanced. Getting some bitter coffee coming through.
7:58 PM
IamDarren: watch the ash, mine was starting to flower so i tapped it off
7:58 PM
StraightUpCigars: Just now lost the ash in one big chunk.
8:01 PM
StraightUpCigars: I just now realized today that I’m stressed over this election. Glad to take a break from it!
8:01 PM
Terry1: Burn is starting to get wavy. My ash fell off in the ashtray luckily. Just noticed a big hole in the middle of the filler and my cigar went out. The aroma is very nice but I’m getting that bitter coffee on the finish. I’m having mixed feeling about this cigar.
8:02 PM
IamDarren: Mine just burned to the crack and seems to be holding up fine. Im not getting any bitterness but trying to smoke slow. I get the feeling like this one wants to burn hot and fast.
8:03 PM
IamDarren: Im still getting more of a dark chocolate note on the finish. Just enough sweetness to balance it out. Like the burst of spice on the retrohale.
8:04 PM
IamDarren: Just crossing the halfway mark.
8:04 PM
Terry1: Relit the cigar. The hole is causing the wavy burn and the open draw now. I’d like to try squeezing the cigar but I don’t want to risk cracking the wrapper after what happened to yours. I’ll wait and see what happens. I’m trying to smoke slower too.
8:05 PM
Terry1: I agree it is more of a dark chocolate sweetness coming through.
8:06 PM
StraightUpCigars: That stinks this one is hit or miss on the construction.
8:08 PM
Terry1: Yeah I’m going to have to correct the burn. There is now over an inch difference between the two sides. The side with the hole is burning really fast.
8:11 PM
Terry1: Tapped off the ash and now I see two holes. One on the side causing the burn problem and one in the center causing the open draw. Hasn’t affected the flavors much.
8:12 PM
StraightUpCigars: Crappy. Mine is a little more one dimensional than it started. Just a solid bitter black coffee with some spice.
8:13 PM
Terry1: Wrapper cracked. It’s vertical to the burn so I hope I can burn through it. The ash is flowering too and going everywhere. Not excited about the construction.
8:14 PM
StraightUpCigars: Surprising. This guy’s known for constructing the best (and most expensive) humidors. I guess he’s not rolling these cigars himself
8:15 PM
Terry1: Looks like the price is around $7. Not bad but I would expect better at that price.
8:16 PM
Terry1: At least the band came off cleanly.
8:19 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, the price isn’t too bad. I feel like this one is headed downhill, though. I liked how it started.
8:22 PM
StraightUpCigars: Just did a purge on this thing and it really came back to life. Lost a lot of the bitterness.
8:22 PM
Terry1: Starting the final third. Looks like the holes have closed up and it’s burning and drawing better. The sweetness has faded some leaving that bitterness more noticeable on the finish.
8:24 PM
Terry1: Took you suggestion and purged too. Made a big difference. Might be some tar building up that’s causing that bitterness.
8:24 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think that’s right. Wish I had done it earlier.
8:27 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think Darren fell asleep from all those long days he’s been working
8:28 PM
IamDarren: Im just about to start the final third. Wrapper keeps getting small cracks but does not seem to be affecting the smoke. Flavor is still very good. Mine has mellowed more and has lost most of the spice. More earth up front now with dark chocolate and a hint of coffee on the finish.
8:29 PM
IamDarren: i say mellowed. Its more rich and full bodied but with less spice zing.
8:31 PM
StraightUpCigars: You’re right, definitely full bodied at this point.
8:31 PM
Terry1: Starting to feel some nicotine as I get through the final third. Upper medium now but I think it’s heading to full.
8:35 PM
StraightUpCigars: I can feel it too. Had to purge it again.
8:37 PM
IamDarren: took a couple puffs in a row and got a blast of black coffee. This cigar is frustrating. I really like the flavor but you really have to pace yourself and smoke slow.
8:38 PM
Terry1: I’m setting mine down. That middle third burned fast for me. Didn’t get to full strength like I expected but I can feel it. Flavors remained about the same. Slight sweetness, earth and some bitterness.
8:39 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine doesn’t have much left either. Ready to rate.
8:43 PM
IamDarren: I think there is some good tobacco in this cigar but there are too many construction and burn issues. It was bad enough to affect the flavor and enjoyment of the cigar.
8:43 PM
StraightUpCigars: I had high expectations. This one started off very promising, but gradually went downhill. Didn’t care for the flavors of the second half. Mine atleast had excellent construction.
8:44 PM
Terry1: Inconsistency hurt this cigar. Construction became a problem for me. Flavors were good for most of the cigar but nothing to make me want to buy this cigar. Definitely a try one before buying a box.
8:45 PM
IamDarren: Yeah, you would probably get 5 out of a box that would have great construction and would taste great.


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