Cigars and brotherhood have gone together for centuries, probably since the first cigar was ever rolled, it only makes sense for cigars and Masons to go together. The Hiram and Soloman line was born from this brotherhood and a love for sharing cigars. WB Ed Kashouty had a long time dream of creating a cigar for the enjoyment of his brother Masons. He teamed with George Dakrat and Harry Rockafella to create a cigar made in the Dominican Republic that was just that. The principals behind the cigar was one of the highest quality as to tribute Masons all over the world and incorporate the Masonic themes within the cigar. Additionally $5 from every box purchased is donated either to the lodge of your choice or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
Vitolas: The Hiram and Soloman lines all come in a singe Gran Toro vitola at 6×56. The line features the Entered Apprentice, which is what I am smoking today, a Fellow Craft with a Habano 2000 wrapper, and the Master Mason with a Maduro wrapper. The cigars all have an MSRP of $150 per box of 10.
Blend: Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Appearance: The Entered Apprentice features a very smooth Connecticut wrapper that has only a few spots from rolling. There are a few noticeable veins but they too are smooth. The cigar features a band that has a large blue shield with the Masonic emblem accented in silver and black.
Pre-Light: The pre light inspection showed a cigar that was solid, no construction flaws noted. There were a few dark areas on the wrapper which is to be expected from rolling a Connecticut. The wrapper had an aroma of hay while the foot gave a black tea note. The cold draw gives an herbal flavor with a very small amount of spice.
1st Third: As I get in to the first third of the Entered Apprentice I get a browned butter note from the beginning as well as some slight black pepper spice toward the back of the palate. Later in the first third I start to get the herbal note with some tea flavors from the cold draw.
2nd Third: The second third of the Entered Apprentice continues with the same notes of herb and tea from the first third. Moving further into the second third there are some cashew flavors that begin to come through.
Last Third: Creamy notes really begin to develop in the last third of the Entered Apprentice. The herbal/tea notes fade away and I begin to taste some coffee, the cashew notes are still very present. As I approached the end of the cigar I noticed the herbal flavors coming back along with some sweetness.
Construction: The construction of the Entered Apprentice was pretty good, the draw was easy and the cigar seemed to be solid. The cigar did become a bit soft toward the end.
Burn: The burn was decent, there were a few touch ups required, but nothing that took too much away from the overall experience.
Final Assessment: The Entered Apprentice was a solid Connecticut offering. There was nothing about this cigar that absolutely stood out to me and showed why this cigar commanded a $15 price tag, although on its own it is a good cigar. If you are looking for a Connecticut that does also have some flavor and would be a great morning cigar and you are ok with the price, then look to this one.