I’m a lucky guy. I divide my time between England and The United States, meaning that I spend a lot of time in airports. If you’ve ever been to an airport, you’ve seen the duty free shops selling cigarettes in ridiculous bulk. For the most part it’s Marlboros and Newports, but, on one rainy, miserable night, I stumbled across a duty-free station selling some fantastic items. American Spirits! Dunhill Filter’s! Yes, even Nat Sherman Naturals.
I could hardly believe my eyes. I searched for the price sticker, preparing my jaded, Americanized constitution for the uniquely bitter disappointment of finding something great outside of your price range. Lo and behold, six cartons for $100! I snapped it up. Who couldn’t?
I endured the pain of having to lug the cartons onto an airplane and fly for 10 hours without smoking one. It was truly excruciating, friends, but I pulled through. As soon as I got off of the airplane, secured my bags, and hailed a cab, unpacked my carton. At first I was surprised by the beauty of the packaging. A rich brown faux-leather, textured and ribbed with a gold trim. I pulled out a cigarette and, without hesitation, gave it a light.
The smoothness was almost overwhelming. If it wasn’t for the slight peppery kick at the back of my throat I would have thought that I had failed to draw out any smoke. I’ve never smoked a smoother cigarette. The taste is very earthy, with a hint of vanilla in the 1st third. I smoked four while I waited for the cab and tasted no bite or bitterness. Surprising, considering their construction of short-fermented tobacco.
It is perhaps because of this construction that this cigarette possesses its most-interesting quality. It behaves very much like a cigar. I placed a few in my travel humidor and when I smoked them a while later their flavour was enhanced tenfold. This is certainly a smoke for the tobacco lover. Smokers who enjoy the more overt flavors of most cigarettes might not enjoy the subtleties presented in this product, but for me it’s a great blend. My only issue lies with how hot it burned in its final third. The heat made it somewhat difficult to draw.
By: Josh Hart – Contributor