The Virtue is the milder entry in the popular Man O’ War line and was blended by AJ Fernandez, a favorite of Straight Up Cigars. The Virtue features the Man O’ War band but in silver, white and blue. It looks good against the lighter colored Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The remainder of the cigar consists of Nicaraguan tobaccos. Cutting the cap I get a draw that has a slight resistance and a faint berry sweetness.
First Third: The Virtue starts off with plenty of creamy flavorful smoke. I detected some sweetness, a bit of spice, cedar and a slight sourness that lingered on the finish. After the initial blast of flavor the cigar settles down with very pleasant notes of cedar and nuts. Retrohaling produced a fairly strong pepper bite which I thought overwhelmed the more subtle flavors I was getting from the cigar.
Second Third: The Virtue is now drawing effortlessly and the cedar nutty flavors remain at the forefront with that hint of sweetness close behind. I am really enjoying this cigar. I have found the entire Man O’ War line to have excellent construction and the Virtue is no exception. The burn is near perfect and the salt and pepper ash holds for about an inch.
Final Third: In the final third the flavors get a little stronger as does the strength but it stays a manageable medium. As I near the end the pepper I get through the retrohale becomes a little too strong for my liking.
Final thoughts: The Virtue falls into the trend of taking a strong cigar and making it milder without sacrificing flavor. Frankly I like this trend and I found the Man O’ War Virtue to be a satisfying smoke. I can recommend any of the cigars in the Man O’ War line but for me the Virtue hits the sweet spot.
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a box: 5/5