Cigar: Man O’ War Little Devil
Maker: A.J. Fernandez
Size: 5.5 x 44
Here we have the smallest of the “Side Project” cigars. It looks a lot like is predecessor except for size and the nice shaggy foot and pigtail cap. There is also an added band that says ”Side Project Little Devil”. Construction looks good except for a crack near the foot. The wrappers on the MOW line tend to be a bit fragile so I’m not worried as long as the binder holds together. The wrapper has a nice cedar aroma and the cold draw adds some cocoa which melds well with the cedar.
The shaggy foot lit easily and is producing lots of smoke. Draw is great. The first flavor to hit the palate is a nice rich cocoa followed by a pepper blast. Very Bold but enjoyable. After I get in a quarter inch or so there is an addition of some sweet cedar near the finish that really brightens it up.
It has already mellowed quite a bit. The pepper is almost gone now and I can now taste a nice baking spice that coats the palate giving it a creamy texture. There is still some cedar on the finish with a little sweetness in the mix. As I approach the last third the smoke production has really backed off and made the flavors go flat. Hopefully this is just the calm before the storm.
Yep, almost all at once the smoke came back but is less creamy now . The spice has become the dominant flavor with some earth and pepper on the finish. The closer I get to the nub the more the pepper is increasing and I am getting a hint of coffee now. The nub has become too hot and too peppery for my taste so I will put it down a bit early.
This “Little Devil” really lives up to the name. It starts very bold, then mellows enough to bring out all the complexities in the cigar, then it comes back in full force at the end. The body definitely started in the full range then fell back to medium only to come back to full at the finish. While the last third was quite dry, the spice, cocoa, and cedar of the previous two thirds make up for it. These retail for between 4 and 5 bucks a stick so they aren’t one to smoke every day in my opinion but if you like the Man O’ War line I would definitely try a few.