Cigar: SWAG Limitado ‘99
Size: Infamous (6×54)
I like the look of this cigar. They really spared no expense on the presentation. It has a very simple and elegant red and gold band. There is also a unique sheath around the bottom 2/3 that is slightly transparent with ghost lettering that says Limitado 99. At the foot is another small band that matches the main band which says Puro Dominicano. The construction is almost flawless. The vintage 99 Corojo wrapper leaf is medium brown, very shiny, and has minimal veins. Its packed well and after cutting the cap the draw is perfect.
The cigar lit very easily considering that its an all ligero blend. Lots of white smoke on the first few draws. Initially it has a nice slightly sweet earthy undertone. The main flavors I am getting are oak and Hay at this point with quite a bit of pepper on the finish. However, it is not overpowering and it leaves the palate nice and clean on the finish. As I approach the second third the pepper is mellowing a little and being replaced with a nice semi sweet spice.
Still tons of smoke on every puff. The flavors are transitioning quite a bit now. The rich earth has mellowed out and now I am left with a very bright Hay note. Being a farmer, it really reminds me of a freshly rolled bale of alfalfa. It is grassy with a good deal of sweetness. There is still a good amount of spice mixed in and the finish leaves me with just enough pepper to keep it interesting. I am still being left with a very clean palate after each puff so even though its definitely full bodied at this point it really doesn’t strain my palate like I would expect. Very refined.
At the beginning of the last third it has mellowed even more. The spice is gone now and I am picking up a little of the earth that I got at the beginning. Also I am getting a hint of black coffee now but its very muted. The volume of smoke has decreased quite a bit as well. Nearing the nub it is taking on a dryer tone and the pepper is back on the finish again. I am feeling the strength now in my gut but I am still liking it so I will take it to the nub. Burn has been decent, but not great. Considering its all ligero though I can’t complain too much.
I really liked this blend. It had a very well balanced array of unique flavors that transitioned throughout the smoke. The price point on this limited production blend is around 8 bucks so its definitely not an everyday smoke but I would certainly not pass it up. If you can find a good deal I would snatch up a fiver. You will not be disappointed.
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 6/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5