Jameson Declaration – Cigar Review

By: Jameson Cigar Co
Size: Iniquity 5.5” x 50

In honor of Independence Day I decided to smoke the Declaration by Jameson Cigar Co. From the Jameson’s website, “Declaration embodies our independent spirit and inspires a statement about personal liberty. Smoke to be free.” Great statement considering the challenges we face as cigar smokers.

The Declaration uses a Habano ’98 wrapper, a Criollo ’98 binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic. I must say the Declaration is a nice looking cigar. Clipping the cap I get a nice easy draw with a dry cedar note.

First Third: The Declaration starts off with bold sweet cedar notes and a sweetness that has a fruity quality, It produces lots of smoke and fills the room with a sweet cedar aroma. I’m loving the start of this cigar. Towards the end of the first third a spice develops in the retrohale and compliments the sweetness.

Second third: Going into the second third the spice increases in intensity and puts a little heat in my mouth. The cedar and sweetness are still present but less intense. The Declaration is smoking great with a near perfect burn and a solid white ash. The bold sweet, spicy cedar notes really create a great smoking experience.

Last third: Notes of earth and roasted nuts develop as I approach the end to compliment the cedar. The spice has lost much of its earlier intensity and the sweetness takes on a sort of maple flavor. The band came off easily which is always a big plus.

Summary: I really enjoyed the Declaration and thought it was a fitting addition to the holiday. It smoked beautifully from start to finish and delivered lots of bold flavors. The strength of the cigar stayed pretty much in the medium range with a slight increase as I finish the cigar. And at a price around $6, the Declaration is a cigar I can recommend trying.

Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

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