The Inauguration by ACC Cigars comes in two sizes, A size (a whopping 9 inch cigar) and standard 7X50 Churchill. I got this from Max for review, so there’s the honest bit.
The first thing I will say is in typical ACC Fashion, the cigar is beautiful, construction and leaf selection. Not a single blemish on the wrapper. Not unlike the Presidente, there is a certain flair to the band, with the elegance of the double band, color selection and of course, the pin. (I still haven’t figured out what to do with the few I have!)
Onto flavor: The first promise of this cigar starts from the pre-light. Initial raisin and stone fruit come through, but something else, almost like a sherry or ruby port sweetness just from the cold draw.
Lighting the cigar gives us that same sort of sweetness, unexpected from darker wrappers in many cases. Tasting it even a day later reminds me of more of a ruby port than a sherry, and I wonder if these are cask aged like the one I reviewed some time back. Near even burn (my fault, shitty wind) and a great, easy draw, along with what I’d call a lighter to medium, almost chocolate finish. For someone like me who enjoys pairing cigars with different things, this was much like the Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum, a very wine friendly cigar. Something light with a little fruit, but still a red would make your smoking time more enjoyable.
Not sure the retail, check ACC Cigars site for information and availability.
If I had to stack this up against my other ‘higher end’ cigars, it wouldn’t even be a cigar one could hold a candle to. That’s not to say that the others are worse, but the ACC Cigars in general are something of a treat for those of us seeking more than just a great smoke.