Murcielago – Cigar Review

This week’s cigar for group review is the Murcielago.  This cigar has a really nice looking wrapper and a good draw prior to lighting.  At the price of around $3 a stick, this one could be a real bargain.  After lighting we were blown away with an immediate burst of flavor.  Usually it takes several puffs for the cigar to develop its flavor, but not the Murcielago!  It featured a bold combination of charred oak and earth with a spicy and peppery finish.  At about the halfway point it developed a coffee flavor.  It continued to build bitterness until the end, leaving the second half of this cigar very un-enjoyable.  For the price, I would recommend giving this one a try.  It is worth it just for the unique smoking experience of the first half.  Don’t be afraid to put it out when it starts to turn bitter because it won’t get any better!

StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 44/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 7/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 43/50

7:39 PM
StraightUpCigars: This one is a looker! Also has a real nice slightly sweet and peppery smell. The perfect draw after cutting too. Seems like the whole package! Ready when you are.

7:41 PM
Terry1: My draw is a touch on the snug side. Getting a nice barnyard note on the cold draw. I’m ready to light up.

7:48 PM
StraightUpCigars: Can I light this sucker up yet?

7:48 PM
Terry1: Lets get them lit.

7:48 PM
IamDarren: love the look of this cigar, reminds me of the Diesel Core. Get come earthy notes and a bit of chocolate on the cold draw. The foot looks to be very tightly packed, draw is a little on the firm side.

7:49 PM
IamDarren: ready to light er up

7:50 PM
StraightUpCigars: Holy crap… flavor bomb!

7:51 PM
IamDarren: oh yeah, very rich maduro flavors up front

7:51 PM
Terry1: The snug draw is not hampering the smoke output. Getting lots of creamy smoke with notes of earth, mild spice, some sweetness. This is flavorful.

7:54 PM
StraightUpCigars: Where to start… charred oak with some tartness, very bold earthy finish with some pepper and spice.

7:57 PM
StraightUpCigars: I would have guessed all nicaraguan tobacco, but it looks like there is a mexican binder and wrapper.

8:00 PM
Terry1: Wow that changed the flavor. My draw was getting tight so I snipped off a little bit more and the cigar really opened up. Lots of smoke, lots of flavor.

8:01 PM
StraightUpCigars: First ash fell off quick, but with this kind of flavor, I’m not too worried about it

8:01 PM
StraightUpCigars: Glad to hear Terry, imagine getting that flavor on the very first puff… this one is unique,.

8:03 PM
IamDarren: defenitely a touch of bitterness, I can’t tell if its charred oak or dark chocolate. There is a rich earthiness but also an underlying sweetness.

8:03 PM
Terry1: This is like trying to describe a loaded ice cream sundae. The flavors rush by and I’m having a hard time seperating them.

8:03 PM
IamDarren: my ash also fell off already

8:05 PM
Terry1: My burn is spot on. Liking the sweetness and some kind of roasted flavor. Probably the charred oak Darren is getting.

8:05 PM
StraightUpCigars: No kidding Terry, I can’t recall a cigar with this much flavor. I can recall better, but this one is BOLD

8:06 PM
IamDarren: im surprised its burning so fast, i figured the ligero would keep in slow

8:06 PM
Terry1: I’ve read Ortega’s new Serie D borrows a lot from the Murcielago.

8:07 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mines not burning too fast. I’m entering the second third and we’ve been puffing for 20 mins. I’m being careful, though. I don’t want the bitterness getting out of hand.

8:10 PM
IamDarren: i suppose, there is lots of resting smoke on mine and i can see the wrapper glowing at the burn line. I am already in the second third now.

8:14 PM
StraightUpCigars: This one still has not calmed down. Same flavors as before, but no less bold. I can feel the strength of the ligero too.

8:15 PM
Terry1: I’m over half way now. Interesting smoke. It’s sweeter than I expected and you can get a blast of pepper in retrohale. There is a slight bitterness on the finish. Might be the Mexican tobacco.

8:16 PM
Terry1: I pulled the band off. Came off clean.

8:18 PM
Terry1: This cigar is in your face. Nothing subtle with this one! I’m feeling the strength as well.

8:20 PM
IamDarren: i defenitely has a little strength but it does not overpower the rich flavor, which i like.

8:21 PM
StraightUpCigars: My burn is still straight as an arrow. No faults with the construction on my end.

8:22 PM
IamDarren: im past the halfway point, just dropped another ash in my lap

8:23 PM
IamDarren: getting darker with more bitterness now as i approach the last third.

8:25 PM
StraightUpCigars: I went ahead and removed the band. Came off pretty easily.

8:25 PM
Terry1: Darren, are you getting the bitterness up front or is it more on the finish because I’m not getting much bitterness at all.

8:26 PM
IamDarren: it just switched all at once and now its right up front where it was on the finish earlier. Im now getting a very strong roasted coffee flavor.

8:27 PM
Terry1: Funny you mentioned coffee. I just a big dose of it.

8:28 PM
IamDarren: this cup o joe could really use some cream or sweetener right about now.

8:29 PM
StraightUpCigars: I agree. My coffee flavor is the same as if you just chewed up the entire bean, not a nice brewed cup of coffee.

8:30 PM
IamDarren: it appears to be heating up as i move into the last third. i can feel it through the wrapper almost an inch below the burn line. Im sure that is causing some of it.

8:32 PM
IamDarren: i almost forgot, i was gonna tell you guys that i read a very informative article on the box press.

8:32 PM
StraightUpCigars: where did you read that?

8:34 PM
IamDarren: I think it was in an email i get once a week from cigar afficiado, i can’t remember for sure. Previously the rolled cigars loosely with the wrapper applied and then pressed them into a mold which compressed them. Lately they have been trying some new methods. The oval is using a new method that AJ is trying.

8:35 PM
Terry1: Okay I need to switch to a soda. The strength is finally hitting me. I’m nearing the end of mine.

8:36 PM
IamDarren: he is leaving the wrapper off, pressing the cigar into the oval mold and then applying the wrapper. Because of the shape he can roll it normally and then create the shape so that the draw is perfect every time.

8:37 PM
IamDarren: damn it! just dropped the ash in my lap AGAIN!!
8:37 PM
IamDarren: got it all over the laptop too, it just explodes when it lands.

8:39 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, the ash is weak on this one.

8:39 PM
StraightUpCigars: The strength has got me pretty good too Terry. I’m not a big fan of the direction this one went in, but that big burst of flavor on the first puff was memorable.

8:42 PM
Terry1: Mine behaved to the end. I never got the bitterness Darren experienced. The flavor on mine was pretty consistant. I enjoyed it. Just got a little on the strong side towards the end but I expected it would.

8:43 PM
IamDarren: mine has actually settled down a bit now that i am almost to the nub. Im wondering if i just burned through a stem or something.

8:44 PM
IamDarren: you are right though Matt, the flavor up until that point was very good. It still reminded me of the Core though.

8:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think I will be putting mine down. I have a few puffs left in it, but it’s not my cup of tea at this point.

8:46 PM
IamDarren: same here, going to move inside

8:46 PM
Terry1: I’m done here.

8:49 PM
Terry1: For the price point I paid around $3. I think it’s a good value for this cigar.

8:50 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think so too. I am really glad I gave it a try, the first half was good fun. It got old towards the end IMO.

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