It’s no news to any hard-core cigar enthusiast out there, our industry is under constant attack. Every day our government seems to take more rights away from us—little-by-little—slowly reaching further into our lives, taking away from our most fondly loved hobby. But without activists standing up for our rights, where would we be? One such activist, a very influential one at that, Rocky Patel—has created a special cigar just for this fight: Prohibition. As its name suggests, Prohibition was created to send a message to the people attacking our industry—all the while making a fine cigar that any activist would gladly smoke while holding up signs in the city streets.
The Prohibition was released in two skews: the Mexican, featuring a San Andrés maduro wrapper; and the Broadleaf, boasting a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper. Both are packaged in rustic-looking mason jars (true to the prohibition era) and shipped in old fashioned liquor crates. The sheer presentation with these cigars stands high among the crowded shops of thousands of cigar brands fighting for shelf space—truly something not to be missed.
I will be reviewing both Prohibitions back-to-back, so feel free to jump around and compare my thoughts!
First up, the Broadleaf…
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Prohibition – Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Breakdown
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Factory: TAVICUSA (Estelí, Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular release
- Vitola: 6.5″ x 52 Toro
- Price: $8.00
The cigar itself goes well with the Prohibition theme. A nice, simplistic brown and black band representing the prohibition, with another band directly below identifying it as the broadleaf selection. Both cigars have the same bands, except they are contrasts of each other—a very nice look as a pair. The broadleaf wrapper boasts a dark, dry and toothy wrapper, a few noticeable veins, and a couple sloppy seams.
Now to the cigar itself. The broadleaf wrapper has a very nice, musty, chocolate aroma. The cold draw shows a decent performance, foreshadowing a sweet pepper and just a hint of earthy notes. Lighting up the cigar, a slightly loose draw brings out a huge blast of pepper and spice right off the first light. A deep, slightly sweet spice and cocoa infusion really weighs heavy on my palate. The retro-hale adds a bit more of a spice bite, and also a general sweet tobacco. Getting past the first light, the cigar simmers down to medium body.
As I make my way into the first third, not a whole lot has changed thus far. A full-flavored white pepper and spice control the flavors. The finish is very long at this point and quite spicy (not my cup o’ tea). The retro-hale also mellowed out, adding more sweetness than anything else, but not quite enough to be very noticeable. The burn has been going fairly well thus far, and the ash seems to be holding on for a good inch or so.
Reaching about the halfway mark, I start to experience some issues. I seem to be drawing lots of air—but no smoke. What’s this? Tunneling. It’s always a sad day when tunneling starts in a cigar (filler/binder burning more quickly than wrapper), and I rapidly began to try and fix the situation. After I burn a good quarter inch of wrapper down, I start to smoke the Prohibition again. It seems to be smoking decent now, and I continue on my way.
With my cigar burning hot again, I begin down the end of the road. At this point, the cigar is still letting off rough notes of pepper and spice, and a general smooth sweetness—maybe a hint of baker’s chocolate. The draw has also changed, actually getting tighter; something rather unusual towards the end of a cigar—probably due to the tunneling problems. With that said, the cigar has remained very consistent with few transitions, but holds a well-balanced body profile, never going beyond a medium.
Would I smoke this again?
Personally, no. These aren’t quite the flavors I look for when smoking a cigar. With that said, any maduro fan who likes a consistent smoke you don’t have to pay any attention to—this is a great choice. The Prohibition balances the pepper and spice superbly, adding in bits of sweetness here and there to keep you interested.
- Well balanced
- Draw was inconsistent