Farm Work Sessions: Caldwell Cigar Co. Blind Man’s Bluff Nicaragua Toro

Every year it seems like the grass - and, unfortunately, weeds - shoot up over night. Then, before you know it, you can barely see the pigs grazing and the chickens have to jump to pick grass seed. So today I have to do some bush hogging to catch up. I grabbed a Blind Man’s Bluff Nicaragua to smoke while mowing. I have smoked, and enjoyed, the regular Blind Man’s Bluff, the Connecticut, and the Maduro. I am anxious to see how an all Nicaraguan blend from Caldwell smokes. 

Country of Origin: Honduras

Factory: STG Danli

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Vitola: 6 x 52 Toro

Price: $9.70 MSRP

Release Date: November 2021

Company Website: www.caldwellcigars,com 

I’ve always been intrigued by the Blind Man’s Bluff artwork. I like that they vary the band color slightly with each blend. The wrapper is toothy and super clean. The pack is a little spongy, but the cigar feels dense. The cold draw is raisins and baking spices. The cigar smells like sweet earth. This Blind Man’s Bluff Nicaragua starts off with medium-full bodied smoke with medium flavors of toast, earth, and a little bit of baking spices and wood. Quickly the flavors build to medium-full with some pepper heat and citrus flavors coming in. The retrohale has a lot of citrus. Approaching midway of the first third it’s started to canoe pretty good but looks to be saving itself. The flavors are still slight toast, earth, a bit of wood, and lots of citrus with some black pepper.  The first third closed out by coming back down to medium in flavor. The citrus and pepper have mellowed out. The primary draw flavors are baking spices and a little bit of creamy earth. The retrohale still has some citrus that is accented with vanilla and baking spice. Passing halfway there’s not a ton to report except the citrus becoming more prominent again on the draw. It started to canoe again, but self corrected again. The vanilla on the retrohale has given way to a creamy note in the finish. Hitting the band point there’s still a touch of citrus along with pepper, but there’s more creamy earth, wood, and baking spices. Nearing the end I have to do a slight touch up because I haven’t been able to puff enough to keep it going easy. It’s my fault, not the cigar’s, and the flavors have not been impacted. There’s some general sweetness joining the pepper and there’s some more toast coming back in. Coming to an end at an hour and 33 minutes there’s nothing new to report. The cigar performed well to the end.

Overall Experience

I thought this was a solid cigar and a good addition to the Blind Man’s Bluff lineup.  It wasn’t full of unique flavor or crazy transitions, but offered some nice nuance when the cream and vanilla joined in. It also has a lot of nice citrus notes. Citrus isn’t uncommon, but I can’t recall having this much in a cigar, which makes this stand out a bit. At the price point I’d smoke it again and recommend it to try if you think the profile sounds appealing, or definitely try it if you like citrus in cigars. 

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