Up for review is the Foundry Time Flies cigar. This is yet another cigar that was blended by AJ Fernandez. The over-sized and holographic band will be what stands out about this one, you can’t miss it! Once lit up, the flavor is a bold mix of pepper and bitter coffee. The pepper quickly mellowed out and left sweet creamy flavor with bitter coffee. In the final third there was a distinct spice on the finish. This is a very strong cigar, both of us could feel the nicotine at the mid-point. There were minor construction problems on both of our sticks. Overall, the results were mixed. I enjoyed the flavor on mine, but a loose draw caused problems. Terry’s cigar had better construction, but was dogged by an overly bitter coffee flavor. We think it’s best for you to try one before running out and purchasing an entire box.
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: My FTC Time Flies has a veiny wrapper leaf and spicy smelling tobacco. Loose draw after cutting.
Terry1: My Time Flies has a nice barnyard smell to it. The draw is on the snug side. Getting some cedar and earthy note on the cold draw.
StraightUpCigars: Sounds like ours have different construction. Lighting up!
Terry1: Lighting up!
StraightUpCigars: I’m getting a charred wood flavor with a lot of spice. Haven’t been able to pin down any other flavors yet.
Terry1: Wow lots of pepper to start with. Overwhelms everything else. I can taste some cedar and some mild sweetness in the background. I’m hoping they will come forward if the pepper fades.
StraightUpCigars: I don’t normally like gaudy bands, but I like this one. Reminds me of 90’s sports cards.
Terry1: I like the band too. It’s eye catching. I still think they need the name on the cigar somewhere. Could be on a foot band or secondary band. Without a name it’s hard to know what this is.
StraightUpCigars: Good point. So many people are doing that now. Real annoying.
Terry1: You can tell AJ had a hand in the blending. Pepper has calmed down. Getting a woody and coffee notes. Still some mild sweetness in the background. Smoke is spicy. I can feel it on my tongue.
StraightUpCigars: Agreed. Mine is full bodied right now. You’re right about the coffee, I am tasting that too now.
Terry1: This band is going to come off early. Covers half of the cigar. Suddenly a blast a sweetness in the aroma. Hopefully it continues.
StraightUpCigars: My band popped right off. Definitely adding this band to the jar.
Terry1: Love bands that come off easily.
Terry1: Liking the flavors more now. Too heavy on the pepper and coffee at the start for my taste. The sweetness is kind of fruity and helps balance out the cigar. I can already feel the fullness of this cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is mellowing too, although the sweetness is limited. We’ve had a few cigars recently that mellowed as you smoke – I feel like that’s more common than it used to be.
Terry1: Yeah now that you mentioned that, it is becoming a trend. Burn and draw have been fine so far.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is taking on a buttery flavor. Definitely liking it. I do feel like it is smoking really quickly though.
Terry1: Mine is getting creamier. Sweetness has evened out, maybe even faded a little. I’m tasting a bitter coffee note now that I’m struggling with. I’d like either less bitterness or more sweetness to balance the cigar out. There’s an interesting spice note that’s coming through the retrohale I’m liking.
StraightUpCigars: This thing has some real strength. It’s got me buzzing.
Terry1: Yeah I’m buzzing. Started to feel it in the first third. I’m hoping I can finish this one.
StraightUpCigars: I’m firmly in the final third already. With that loose draw mine sure smoked fast.
Terry1: You are ahead of me. I’m almost at the end of the middle third.
StraightUpCigars: The spice on mine has really picked up. Liking how it’s ending.
Terry1: The bitter coffee note has faded. Spice has picked on mine too. Sweetness has faded in this final third. The draw has started to get tighter. About the opposite of what you’ve been experiencing.
StraightUpCigars: Lol, yeah I could have used a tighter draw – will lose a point on construction over it. Otherwise it had an even burn. Mine’s tapped out.
StraightUpCigars: Looks like these run about $8 per single. $5/ea on a box.
Terry1: I’m setting mine down. Got about a half inch left but it’s getting too strong for me. I’m seeing double now. Ready to rate.
StraightUpCigars: I like this strong cigar, but nothing stood out as exceptional to me – except for the band. My draw was too loose, it smoked very quickly. I did like the flavor, though. Tough one to rate.
Terry1: Like most of the cigar but that bitter coffee note I had lasted too long for me to enjoy. Construction was good. I’d recommend trying one before committing to a box. Glad to have tried it.