Behind The Stick:
If you know anything about me you know that the history, stories and background behind the cigars and their manufacturers are part of the biggest draw for me. Going all the way back to 1874 – Roger G. Sullivan began manufacturing the 7-20-4 line in Manchester, NH until the Cuban Embargo began in 1963 with a single goal of making some of the finest quality cigars on the market. Until the embargo began, the cigars were filled with true Havana long-filler tobacco giving these cigars a distinctive flavor, but one that we unfortunately will be unable to experience. For those who are wondering, the name actually came from the original street address of the company, 724 Pine St.
Story has it that after years in the business, Kurt A. Kendall’s hankering for the old, memorable aspects of the cigar industry grew and one thing he needed in his personal collection was an old trademark – of the 7-20-4 type. To pair alongside this newly re-born trademark, Kurt A. Kendall put together a cigar comprised of Nicaraguan, Honduran, Mexican, Colombian and Costa Rican long-filler tobacco’s and a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. To ‘mellow them out’ the cigars are aged in Spanish cedar boxes for 120 days prior to being sold.
Enough of the sales pitch – onto the review!
Size: 5 5/8 x 46 Cuban Corona
Vitolas Produced: 5 5/8 x 46 Cuban Corona, 4 1/4 x 40 Petite Corona, 6 x 60 Gagger, 7 x 50 Churchill, 6 1/2 x 56 Gran Toro, 7 1/2 x 38 Lancero, 5 x 42 Londres, 5 x 50 Robusto and 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo
Vitola Sampled: 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican
Strength: Upper Medium
Price: 20 Ct Box MSRP $143.99 – Retail $128.99 ( ~ $6.45/ea )
Factory / Country of Origin:
Release Type: Normal Production
Evenly packed from head to foot, this is one of those cigars that just feels good in the hand. The pigtail cap is a very nice touch, from an appearance standpoint it ads a little more to the old character feel that the company is so well known for. The head clipped easily and while the foot did need a little love to get going, once it started the burn was razor sharp. What more can you ask for?!
This is one of those cigars that comes out the gate at 100mph. Dark chocolate, nuts, earth with a spicy peppery overtone – this is not a cigar for the feint of heart. The first half of this cigar slowly developed a sweetness that I cannot quite put my finger on, but it was more noticeable on the exhale and seemed to transition well with a developing cedar undertone. Once the cedar came onto the scene, the sweetness left and was replaced with a hints of coffee notes that blends amazingly well with the coco, earth and pepper.
I am personally a history fanatic so whenever I hear of a company that has its very roots tied into the nostalgia that is “Itself” – you have my attention. I have never smoked a bad cigar from under Mr. Kurt A. Kendall’s umbrella of cigars and perhaps the Cuban Corona which carries the companies name, 7-20-4, is my favorite. The smoke production is more than adequate, the flavors are right in line with my personal flavor preference, I love the vitola and the under an hour smoking time made it more than perfect for my BBQ rotations. There are few cigars out there that I would recommend blinding going out and buying a box – but if the flavor profile appeals to you and you are able to locate some of the Cuban Corona vitoa 7-20-4’s I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised with the complexity and deliver of these cigars!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory