Total Flame Cigars has been around for a few years, I remember their very flashy booth at the trade show a few years ago. Probably three years ago I smoked a little perfecto called the 8-Ball, and was reasonable un-impressed. The saving grace of the cigar was that I smoked it at the cigar bar at the Wells Fargo Center after a Flyers game and got to talk to Bernie Parent about when his newest cigars were coming out. The cigars have a motorcycle theme, and since I got the bike out this week (2005 Yamaha Majesty, yes, it’s a scooter, but it’s a 400CC scooter, I’m a dork, but I like it) as the weather was very nice, I figured I’d smoke the samples they sent a month or so ago.
They sent me the FTW, the new Nicaragua and the Off The Rails. I had some wrapper issues with the latter two, with the Off The Rails performing better than the Nicaragua. In fairness, I may have dropped the cigars when I was taking them out of the bag, but the Nicaragua was cracked to the point where I had to put it down. Both cigars had a good flavor, the Off The Rails, a short robusto, was a tasty and strong cigar. The Total Flame FTW was a tasty smoke, it has a Nicaraguan “El Corojol” wrapper, Mexican binder and Nicaraguan fillers, made in the Placencia factory in Nicaragua. This is a reasonably strong cigar, with some great flavors of coffee and some pepper. There was an earthy component as well. I liked the color scheme of the bands, of which there were three, all of which came off easily, not really an important feature of the cigar, but one I appreciate anyway. The cigar burned very well, and didn’t have any problems, it was quite enjoyable.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for the Nicaraguan and OTR for a retry, I think they have a lot of promise. I’ll make a point to visit their booth at the show this year, I think they have an interesting story to tell.
Until the next time,