Nat Cicco Factory Rejects nearly as good as other brands firsts.Smokers on a budget often look for bargains in the tobacco industry, and the Nat Cicco Factory Rejects fit this bill. Also known as “seconds,” many companies offer cigars that are discounted for various reasons. They may have aesthetic defects, like spots, or may not be packed as tightly as premium cigars. In general, though, most brands use the same aged tobaccos in their seconds that they use in the full retail versions. However, enthusiasts must be careful when purchasing seconds because this part of the industry is not regulated as well.


 


The Nat Cicco Factory Rejects, though, maintain a respected position among other brands’ seconds. The company was one of the first to offer major discounts on its slightly flawed stogies, a trend that’s been copied by many others. In fact, the brand has been doing this since 1965 and has built a strong level of trust with aficionados with it. Many brands have generated a bad reputation by offering inferior tobacco and flavors in their second-tier smokes, but this isn’t the case with the Nat Cicco Factory Rejects.


 


These sticks aren’t flashy and many don’t even come with a band. Those that do come with a simple black and white mark that features the brand mark. The wrapper is a Connecticut Broadleaf and the binder and fillers are both from the Dominican. These cigars are available in two colors and two vitolas, including a natural and Maduro Robusto (5 1/2 x 46) and a natural and Maduro Churchill (7 1/2 x 44). The wrapper is silky in appearance and has some slight veining. Some may have some slight visual defects, but the construction is solid overall. There will also be some slight variance in weight and density, but this shouldn’t significantly affect the smoking experience.


 


The first third of the Nat Cicco Factory Rejects produces a number of natural tobacco flavors. While the tobacco taste is the dominant flavor, it is backed up with some cream and nutty notes, which combine to create a sweet backdrop to the tobacco taste. Some aficionados detected some wood notes in the profile, but only a few reviewers tasted it.


 


During the second third, the flavors remain pretty constant, with the tobacco flavors remaining in the front for the most part. At times, the cream and nutty notes overtake the tobacco flavor and dominate the profile in spurts.






By the final third of the Nat Cicco Factory Rejects, the tobacco flavors fade some, but still fill out the background in a secondary role. The cream and nutty notes combine to create a sweet tandem that maintains its dominance in this part of the cigar. Near the end of the smoke, small peppery punches give the stick a little bite. It finishes off smooth and leaves a pleasant taste on the palate.


 


These cigars are mild bodied and mild in strength, so they are an excellent option for someone new to tobacco. Their economical price, consistency and laid back profile make them one of the best options on the market for seconds and a strong first option too.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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