A Review Of The Hammer and Sickle Moscow City Cigars By Henke KelnerThe Hammer and Sickle Moscow City cigars are another fine blend produced by the master Henke Kelner. Only 10,000 sticks are in the line and packaged in 10-count boxes, so they are particularly rare. They are also visually striking and back up their bold look with some bold flavors as well. However, as it is a Kelner blend, all of the flavors are precisely realized and fit into a conceptually pure profile. That being said, its mature flavors are unlike what Kelner typically handles, so it is new territory for him. Kelner manages to pull it off convincingly, though, and it’s clear the stick is for aficionados who appreciate evolution over revolution in their stogies. 

It has a Connecticut Broadleaf and rolled with a Dominican binder and fillers. The Hammer and Sickle Moscow City cigars are a single 6 1/2 x 56 Toro vitola and the first impression it makes is that it is quite brutish. The smoke is toothy and offers resistance wherever it is squeezed. A detailed inspection will reveal that the stick is beautifully made, with a nice sheen of oil and no significant flaws. It is dark chocolate in color, and the band is red, black and white. It features the profile of the St. Basil Cathedral with all of its spires, giving it a striking appearance. The cold draw is a bit more muted, evoking a mix of tea and earth notes.

The first third of the Hammer and Sickle Moscow City cigars features a long finish filled with black pepper, giving the initial draws a lot of heat. After a bit, a combination of earth and wood flavors takes over the profile. Soon enough, a classic Maduro chocolate note also appears and joins the wood notes up front in a dominant role. Reviewers also pointed out how creamy and plentiful the smoke was in the first couple inches.

During the middle third of the stogie, the black pepper is still present though the finish shortens some. It is also strong on the retrohale as well, producing a nice buzz through the nose. Cream and nutty notes are developed around the halfway point and pair with the chocolate to create a nice sweet mix. The wood and earth flavors are still present as well though they shift to the background. 

In the final third of the Hammer and Sickle Moscow City cigars, the profile gets even sweeter but it is still dominated by the cream and chocolate flavors. The nutty notes have faded out completely, and the earth flavor is tertiary at this point, but the wood pulls everything together from its secondary position.

Although the stick has a tough appearance, most aficionados considered it a solid medium throughout. And as a Kelner stick, it maintains a sharp burn and steady draw throughout. In all, it’s a commanding blend produced by a masterful blender.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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