If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know
my favorite non luxury (read, not super ultra premium) cigars has been made by Pete Johnson. In everything of his I’ve smoked, I have found immense pleasure.
The Re-Imagined Henry Clay was no different.
The pre-light draw is really more mellow than anything else – like mulled wine and candy. This is a box press cigar with plenty of heft in the fingers.
The original Henry Clay band remained, but the addition of a second band just below it in typical Tatuaje-style font added to the aesthetic.
The first few puffs elicit cedar and hints of pepper along with that sweetness described earlier. The draw is good with wood notes sneaking up along the rest of the other flavor.
Flavored are much more mellow than expected. Hints of mint. Good draw. Gray smoke. It’s a fairly complex smoke, something I would expect from Pete Johnson and Don “Pepin” Garcia.
Sweet red pepper comes into play. Odd juice-like notes. Still solid burn and draw.
I was really happy to see Pete still kicking around and doing new things.