This week’s group cigar review is of the Puro Ambar Legacy by Exactus. This cigar has a dark and bumpy wrapper leaf with a cedary smell. Once lit up, we were surprised by the bold woody, sweet, and spicy flavors. Eventually the sweetness faded and the spice dominated. It really lost all its complexity in the second half. This one did have some strength, more than we expected from a Dominican puro. Overall, the flavors of the first half were great and the construction was good. We enjoyed it and think the price is fair, its worth a shot.
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
StraightUpCigars: The Puro Ambar Legacy by Exactus has a nice bumpy, dark wrapper leaf and a tight draw after cutting. Has a cedary smell to it.
Terry1: I agree with the dark bumpy wrapper but my draw is more on the loose side. Still has some resistance. Not getting much more than a tobacco note on the cold draw.
IamDarren: To me the wrapper looks a little funky. Very uneven color and there is a large bumpy vein on one side. Draw is a little tight. Same here, not much on the cold draw. Maybe a slight hint of cedar and spice.
IamDarren: band was a little loose so I just went ahead and slid it off
IamDarren: ready to light er up
StraightUpCigars: Sounds like each one is a little different. Lighting up!
IamDarren: whoa… was not expecting such bold flavors
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, hit with rich and earthy flavors with a hint of both sweetness and spice on the finish. Pretty good start.
Terry1: Initial puffs are good. Plenty of smoke. Getting caramel, cedar, spicy pepper and black coffee.
IamDarren: yeah, getting a very rich, almost pungent flavor… but in a good way. Lots of oak up front with a rich molasses and spice on the finish.
IamDarren: so Matt, I missed out on all the action I guess. Did you change careers or something?
Terry1: That pepper really lingers. My nose tingles long after the exhale. Nice sweetness in the background.
StraightUpCigars: I did. I left my day job and have started work full time on my Ebay business. I say that, but I was made a tempting offer for some survey work by my previous employer today. I’ll probably continue to do some part time for them.
IamDarren: well shit, why aren’t we doing 3 reviews a week then
StraightUpCigars: Lol! Not right away, I’ve been busting tail. Eventually maybe (hopefully)
IamDarren: I don’t mean to pry but wasn’t your wife working for the same company?
StraightUpCigars: Good memory! She did, she’s finally settled down at an architecture firm that she’s very happy at (and working in her field of study finally)
IamDarren: Well that’s great! Glad you two are doing something you enjoy now. Kudos
StraightUpCigars: Thank you. It feels really good. Terry, I appreciated the words of encouragement a few weeks ago too. It’s very liberating to work on what you enjoy.
IamDarren: Im seeing more fishing trips in your future
StraightUpCigars: Please say it’s true! I sure hope so.
StraightUpCigars: I’m definitely tasting that molasses you mentioned, a sweet and sour like flavor. Hard to pin down exactly what I’m tasting, it’s all very subtle in a bold way (that didn”t make any sense)
IamDarren: I just saw a new fishing show about the guys who go out to sea and fish for those giant Tuna. That looks like hella fun and one fish would pay for the whole trip.
IamDarren: yeah im liking this one a lot. I get a little pepper in the sinus but that woody flavor and the molasses are mixing quite well. Good burn and I just tapped off the first ash.
StraightUpCigars: Have either of you been to the Black Hills in South Dakota?
Terry1: Careful my ash was loose. An earthy note is coming into play now. Pepper is still dominant but not overbearing. I’m liking that sweetness that’s hanging around on the edges. Would like to see the pepper subside and allow the other notes to come through.
IamDarren: I have actually been to South Dakota. Whats that big city in the south central part that’s on the river?
Terry1: Never been to South Dakota.
IamDarren: I went with my brother to look for wheat to custom harvest
StraightUpCigars: Looks like you’re talking about Rosebud Darren. We had a truly awesome trip there. Very pretty country with good weather, lots of trout, and bikers if you’re into that sort of thing.
IamDarren: I remember all these hills and prarie and then we came up out of the river basin and it was wheat fields as far as you could see.
StraightUpCigars: Yep, sounds like Central SD. Endless miles of farms. Real pretty view if you ask me.
IamDarren: oh yeah, there are some BIG farms out there
StraightUpCigars: Really enjoying this stick right now. Thanks for the heads up on the ash, I barely tapped and it fell off.
IamDarren: just looked it up, we went through Pierre and then up to Gettysburg
Terry1: Band peeled off without incident. Big bands usually don’t bother me if it has some interesting art work on it but I think in this case they could have cut the band in half and still had a nice looking band.
IamDarren: agreed, they tried to stamp something on the upper portion but I can’t read it
StraightUpCigars: I agree with that, I do like the “pure” white, but it’s also covering up the interesting wrapper leaf.
IamDarren: into the second third. Starting to get more spice and less sweetness. Body seems to be ramping up
Terry1: Strength is ramping up for me. I’m about halfway and feeling the nicotine already.
StraightUpCigars: Yep, me too. Did not expect that from a Dominican. Looks like CI has these on sale right now BTW.
IamDarren: yeah I saw that they had put a bunch of sticks in the clearance section and offered free shipping for fathers day.
IamDarren: i would bite but i just bought a bunch
StraightUpCigars: Box size is 15, which I find to be a better number than 20.
Terry1: Since CI is not offering singles or five packs having a smaller box and a good sale price makes these more affordable. Now I sound like Mr. Obvious.
StraightUpCigars: Lol, we need mr. obvious, I’m a simpleton. Good point, BTW
IamDarren: lol, well its better to be obvious than misunderstood
IamDarren: more brands need to put out fivers. Most people are not going to shell out 50+ dollars on a box if they don’t know that they are good
StraightUpCigars: That’s what reviewers are for!
IamDarren: that’s true, but uless they are overwhelmingly positive i still don’t like to take a gamble
IamDarren: definitely getting some heat now as i cross into the last third
StraightUpCigars: Me too. Way too early for this to bee heating up. I think it might be because ours were packed a hair too tight.
Terry1: Flavors have been pretty consistent. Pepper did fade a little. Burn has been about perfect. Mine is still drawing fine.
IamDarren: well i like it tight….. buts that’s just me. What were we talking about again?
StraightUpCigars: brown sticks…
IamDarren: i suppose it depends what shade of brown you have as to how tight you want it
StraightUpCigars: Mine actually went out on me, had to re-light
StraightUpCigars: Huh, wine-fermented binder on this one.
IamDarren: what? how can they say its a Puro when its practically infused…. shameful
StraightUpCigars: I thought puro meant all from one country?
Terry1: I didn’t pick up any of the fruit flavors. There was a nice sweetness throughout. Maybe that was it.
Terry1: I’m about done. Decent cigar. Better than what I expected.
IamDarren: it does, but would you be offended if you bought a Puro and it was cherry infused…. just sayin. Although it can’t be much different than the new fire cured cigars so i shouldn’t complain too much.
StraightUpCigars: True. Like buying “natural” foods at the grocery store.
IamDarren: even better point, cause unless they are certified Organic they are not really natural. Its like the natural flavored beverages you buy.
StraightUpCigars: I purged the cigar and it seems to have solved my burn and draw issues. Not too much left.
IamDarren: less than an inch left on mine
IamDarren: got some heat in the last third but it never got too strong. Lost a lot of complexity but still was good.
StraightUpCigars: This one does have some serious strength, you were right Terry. Stood up and got a kick in the nuts.
StraightUpCigars: Ratings on the way
StraightUpCigars: Overall, this had good flavor and fairly good construction. Best of all, a great price! I think it’s a real good value stick.
IamDarren: Needed a little better draw and flavor in the last half but if you can get them cheap it would make a great yard gar.
Terry1: I agree. I’m a little concerned that two out of the three had tight draws but it’s worth the gamble to try. Good flavors.
Terry1: Would like to see a five pack offered instead of the box.
IamDarren: just looked up the price. Comes in at 3.35 a stick on the box purchase. I can get Diesel Unlimiteds for less than that most of the time. Just saying
StraightUpCigars: Good point. There’s some I’d buy before this, but these are up there in the value category IMO.