Cigar Review For The Kinky Friedman Signature SeriesThe Kinky Friedman Signature Series is a triumphant return to the tobacco industry from the beloved Texan, who had to shut the doors to his factor in 2011 after six and a half years in the business. The rights to the cigar’s brands and name have been acquired by a retailer in Galveston, a small coastal town about 30 miles south of Houston. The new retailer has also struck a partnership with the popular country singer, who has made his love for cigars known everywhere he goes. The new partnership will bring other changes as well, including the production location of the cigars and the use of various blends. It appears the new company will not re-release any of the older blends, instead focusing on creating new products for aficionados. The cigars will no longer be produced in Texas as well, as the Tabacalera Carreras S.A. factory in Esteli, Nicaragua will take over operations.



The new blend has tobaccos from Esteli, Jalapa and Condega, a Sumatran binder and is available with an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper or a Maduro wrapper. The Kinky Friedman Signature Series comes in three formats, including a Robusto (5 x 50), a Siglo (6 x 54) and a Gigante (6 x 60). The wrapper is a lighter brown and has a toothy, rugged look. The band consists of red, white and blue and consists of the Texan’s silhouette and some Texas imagery, including a Texas state flag. The pre-light draw is mostly sweet, with a little coconut as well.



The first-third continues this sweet mix, producing interesting caramel and coconut flavors that almost produce a tropical flavor. The sweet profile is backed up by some spice, which some reviewers likened to nutmeg. Throughout this part of the stick, the flavors don’t shift much, but they are well represented and balanced, leading to a steady smoking experience.



Around the halfway mark, the cigar takes a dark turn, introducing earth and damp grass flavors into the mix. The caramel and coconut sweetness are still the main attraction, but the earth and grass provide a full, more complex background. The spice soon fades from the draw and moves to the retrohale, where it provides a touch of heat and sensation. What reviewers noticed most during this part of the stick wasn’t the flavor, but the amount of smoke the stick puts out. It creates a lot of aromatic smoke that will pull in a lot of attention, just like Kinky would like it.



The Kinky Friedman Signature Series continues with this flavor profile down to the nub, making it ideal for aficionados who prefer steady flavor profiles.



If there were any criticisms surrounding the Friedman’s previous cigars, it had to do with their construction. The construction is no longer an issue, and that is apparent in the nice burn and smooth draw.  In body and strength, it is a medium-full smoke, though it isn’t quite as complex as your standard medium to full. This makes it great for younger smokers and people who like their stogies laid back like the legendary Texan.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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