This week’s group cigar review is of the Man of War (aka MOW) OCC (aka Orange County Choppers). This MOW has a very dark wrapper leaf and a perfect draw after cutting. Once lit up, we tasted coffee flavor with a ton of pepper and some sweetness. The ash on our cigars would only hold on for a brief period and was constantly dropping… don’t get ash in your lap while smoking this one! Unfortunately the final third was dominated by a bitterness that was too strong. Overall, we really liked the first two thirds and other than the weak ash thought this was definitely worth trying.
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
IamDarren: wow, this puppy is dark! Went ahead and punched it. Nice draw and plenty of pepper on the cold draw.
IamDarren: very firm in the hand, good construction
StraightUpCigars: Really dark wrapper like you mentioned. Pretty veiny. Nice draw after cutting.
Terry1: You are right, very dark wrapper. The OCC footband slid off easily. Mine has a very nice draw, not too loose, not too tight. Getting a strong barnyard flavor. Ready to light up.
IamDarren: ok, going to light er up
StraightUpCigars: Me too.
StraightUpCigars: Very earthy and woody start with more and more pepper and spice on each puff.
IamDarren: holy cow, super strong and flavorful first few puffs. Getting a rich earthy, barnyard type flavor up front with some sweetness that fades to espresso and pepper. Lovin It!
Terry1: I’m getting the same thing. Bold flavors, earth with a hint of sweetness on the first few puffs. Then some pepper makes an appearance. Very nice start.
StraightUpCigars: Getting that rich espresso-like sweetness now. Pepper is in your face and the spice lingers. Very bold flavor
IamDarren: already getting lots of strength. That espresso flavor is slowly taking over as the dominant flavor. Slightly bitter finish.
IamDarren: seems like the sweetness comes in pretty early and may be fading to more of a black coffee note on the finish.
Terry1: This is a pepper bomb! I have to be careful with this one. Getting the sweetness and the coffee in the background.
StraightUpCigars: How many calves this year, Darren?
IamDarren: so far I have about 20, and about 40 more to go
StraightUpCigars: Holy crap. That way more than years past, isn’t it?
IamDarren: im in about an inch an the ash is holding on well, great burn and construction so far. Pepper actually seems to be fading a bit as the coffee flavor is starting to dominate on the finish.
IamDarren: lol, no but they are coming very fast this year
Terry1: Mine is burning well but the ash is flowering. Damn this is a big full bodied cigar. I might start sugar loading now so I can make it.
IamDarren: its been a long time since I thought I was speed smoking. This thing is very full bodied but darn good.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is sweetening up like Darren’s. Less pepper and spice at the moment. More of a buttery and creamy flavor right now.
Terry1: Mine is getting sweeter too. Still too much pepper to retrohale but the aroma is pleasant. The ash is all over for me. Just crumbles off.
Terry1: Cigar just went out! Tapped what’s left of the ash and I see a rather large void. I’ll get it relit and see if I can smoke past it.
StraightUpCigars: My ash is dropping quick too. Lost two in the ash tray so far. Just falls right off.
Terry1: I think all the puffing I’m doing was going right through the void and not keeping the end lit. I did a slight finger press and now it seems to be smoking better.
IamDarren: hope it was just a small spot and doesn’t affect the rest of the smoke. I just tapped of the second ash. I did notice that this ash looks a little more flakey than the first one.
IamDarren: Still loving the flavor. Very earthy and sweet up front. Sweetness has increased a little. Making the finish smoother and more like espresso than coffee.
IamDarren: I agree Matt, it seems to be more creamy now. Very chewy type of smoke. Finish is long and smooth.
StraightUpCigars: Yep, loving the flavors. The third ash just dropped… right on my computer. It’s one of the weakest ashes I’ve seen.
Terry1: Chewy is a good description. Feels thicker in the mouth. Great flavors but I’m already starting to feel this sucker.
IamDarren: im through the first third but still not to the halfway. Burning pretty slow
StraightUpCigars: Mine seemed to burn through that first third quick but has really slowed down.
Terry1: I’m having burn issues now. The side with the void is about an inch further along than the other side.
IamDarren: that sweetness is still increasing, im starting to get that ripe fruit flavor that typically comes from well fermented ligero.
IamDarren: Starting to bring me back to the experience I first had with that Vengeance cigar…
StraightUpCigars: That stinks Terry. Hopefully youll burn through it.
Terry1: I think the rest should be okay. The void moved to the middle of the cigar and looks like it’s closing up. I did a correction and it seems to be burning better.
StraightUpCigars: Those vengeance were so good. I have a sampler stashed away with a couple of those in there.
IamDarren: lol, yeah I still have about 5 left from the original box purchase
IamDarren: the last one I had a couple months ago had mellowed quite a bit. Couldn’t decide if I liked it as much as when they were fresh. I think maybe they were already aged to perfection when we got them.
StraightUpCigars: Can you believe those are 5 year old cigars now?!?!
IamDarren: time flies doesn’t it
Terry1: I’ve smoked my box of Vengeance and have just finished the second box of GC Signatures. Looking at buying another. Great cigar!
Terry1: They don’t age long with me.
StraightUpCigars: Lol! I like them all the much more b/c you’ve met him and he took the time to post here.
IamDarren: I wish there were more samplers and fivers available at decent prices. I think we would have tried more of the Kristoff blends if that were the case.
IamDarren: in the middle of the second third now and mine seems to be starting to increase in strength
Terry1: Lol, my cigar looks like it had a cigarette load in it and it exploded. Ash is flowering badly. But the flavors are great so I’m nursing this cigar along.
StraightUpCigars: I can definitely feel it too. The terrible ash bombs are my only complaint.
IamDarren: finish has switched back to black coffee and bitterness is back on the finish. Definitely starting to feel it.
Terry1: Not getting any bitterness on mine. Still has the sweetness and coffee notes. Feeling the full strength now. My head is spinning! Label popped off without incident.
StraightUpCigars: I am getting some bitterness too. Ok for now, hopefully it doesn’t increase.
StraightUpCigars: 6 ashes in the tray, one on my computer. Crazy!
IamDarren: lol, no ash issues here. But I have been tapping them off regularly
Terry1: My ashtray looks like I smoked a cigarette. Not one solid chunk, just a lot of flakes. And I have them everywhere!
StraightUpCigars: Not liking where this heading flavor-wise. Bitterness is still increasing. Those first two thirds were the best though.
IamDarren: bitterness is there but not bad yet, pepper is really making a comeback though. Still like it a lot but im starting to melt into the chair at this point.
Terry1: Yeah I’m really spinning now. Glad it’s almost done. I’m finally getting a touch of the bitterness now.
StraightUpCigars: Lol! Terry, you know we’re in trouble if Darren is feeling it!
Terry1: No kidding! I’ve been feeling for about a half hour now. The cigar is winning at this point.
StraightUpCigars: The ash issues definitely can’t be attributed to humidor issues. I’ve been religious about it this winter, all (2 coolers and 1 desktop chest) at 69/70. Do you guys drybox cigars before smoking?
IamDarren: lol, you could say that. I have been lucky to keep my humi above 60% this winter. With the basement construction I have had the humidifier unhooked for most of the winter and its been impossible to keep it where I want it.
IamDarren: the house humidifier
IamDarren: my experience at this point is equal to alternating taking drinks of black coffee and bourbon. Tastes great but its getting to me
StraightUpCigars: It is so tough with dry air. Darren and I don’t need a humidor in the summer with that midwest humidity.
Terry1: Mine are holding steady at 65%. I usually don’t need to dry box. It’s pretty dry here. My problem is keeping everything moist.
IamDarren: im in between you guys. If we are wet in the spring and summer I don’t have to do anything, but if we have a drought which has been the case the past couple years I have to start adding water.
StraightUpCigars: My spelling is due to the strong cigar
Terry1: I tend to have less trouble with the coolerdores. It’s a good idea if you can make it work.
Terry1: I’m about done here. Great flavors all the way through. Mostly a sweetened coffee note now. Except for the construction issues I liked this cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Good idea Darren. I just have a little left, but mine is a bit too bitter for my liking in this final third. Ready to rate.
StraightUpCigars: I loved the first too thirds, bitterness ruined the final. Weak ash caused points off on construction. Overall, easily worth the price and good smoke to have in the humi.
IamDarren: sorry about the wait, my brother just showed up at the shop
IamDarren: mine never got too bitter, but I did slow down I the last third to help it burn a little cooler.
StraightUpCigars: That was a great choice Darren, not one I would have picked up otherwise. Thank you!
Terry1: Great flavors just strong for me and the flakey ash and void were a hassle to deal with. Thanks for the cigar Darren. It was worth trying.