Cigar Review: π by ACC Cigars – Luxury on a quick break? You bet!

A few years back (almost ten at least) Oliva Cigar Company had picked up the notion of the sweet spot, that second third of a cigar that has all the flavors melded together, in perfection, and named it Nub.  The cigars were short and stout.  Good, but they were meant to smoke as long as a traditional size toro or churchill.

From a luxury standpoint, and one where you want to smoke something of elegance, but don’t have the time to devote a full hour to a cigar like Nub, and you want a really unique way to treat yourself I’d like to introduce you to π by ACC Cigars.  PI, a modern cigar for the enthusiast on the go, measures 3.14 inches, and comes in 46, 48 and 50 ring gauges.

π by ACC Cigars

Superb construction, as with anything ACC Cigars puts out, means a triple cap, entubado bunching, and an experience worth repeating, just because the  cigars have an outstanding taste.  Among luxury brands, it’s truly one of the first concept cigars in the industry.

Straight burn line, the cigar itself is so well rolled it, like numerous other cigars in the Don Cervantes line (or anything ACC makes for that matter) can stand on its ash.  Flavor profile?  Very smooth, yeast and bread notes, along with a hint of baking spice make this the perfect cigar for those on the go.  More complex than cigars of the same size, yet just as relaxing, the cigar definitely stands on its own merit.    I’d also consider for those who smoke in the morning, to pair PI in any size with your favorite medium roast blend as it would compliment your coffee better than anything else.

π by ACC Cigars – a case of eight cigars, matches and a humidifying device for a sleek design.

The packaging is sleek as well.  PI comes in metal tins of eight cigars, complete with a humidification device and matches that always work, another attribute to the care of quality behind an ACC product.  The design of the metal container is more modern, in line with thinking about Fibonacci lines/spirals.

 

 

Luxury Cigar Review: ACC SE. 10 Year Rosado Lancero

If you’ve been following the blog for any length of time, you know my preferred size of cigar is the toro, or a churchill, both with ring gauges no smaller than 50 (though I will do a 49) and generally no bigger than 54.

ACC S. E. 10 Year Rosado Lancero

Coming across my desk however, is a special treat.  In a 7X42(guessing, don’t have the specs) size comes the ACC S. E. 10 Year Rosado Lancero.

For starters, much like the remainder of the ACC products, the jacket is a glorious rose gold with a seal over where the ring would be.  It’s clean, elegant, distinguished from other cigar makers.

Vintage tobaccos were used, as were Cuban bunching methods of entubado that only the highest of skilled rollers can do when it comes to working with aged tobacco.  In addition to the clean, reddish Rosado wrapper that ACC developed, there is a bit of Jalapa in the blend, to enhance the sweetness they were looking for to capture the attention of not just smokers who prefer a softer flavor, but female smokers who lean toward more balance to provide a smooth smoke.

Now, the taste.  Like you’d figure from a rosado wrapper, there were notes of sweet cotton candy, along with a consistent, light leather and pepper taste.  The draw, burn, amazing.  Something I enjoy about this cigar is how it stands out among other cigars in the ACC Portfolio.  It’s very hard to stack it against regular handmade cigars because it has a very welcoming personality which I’ve only found in the luxury market.  You might pair this with a softer, supple California style Zin that’s not too aggressive, or find it paired with a more floral bourbon.  I’d personally go with the Zin.

Oh, and because I can, this video shows a roller putting the finishing touches on the first samples.