Review of Back2Back Nicaragua Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Back2Back Nicaragua cigars from Davidoff are Nicaraguan puros, made with the same blend as the original Room 101 Big Payback cigars developed by Matt Booth, before he left the company. Since Booth still owns the Big Payback brand name, Davidoff began using the new Back2Back name to market the same blend (beginning in October 2018). And not only has the name changed, but so has the appearance. The bands and packaging for Back2Back cigars currently feature artwork by UR New York.
Like the original Big Payback cigars, Back2Back cigars are available in a Connecticut and a Nicaraguan version, each having three sizes. This is a review of the Nicaraguan Robusto (5 x 50), which is value-priced at $6.49 per single cigar.
The Back2Back Nicaragua Robusto cigar began with a brief taste of pepper. Then an earthy and tea-like flavor, along with a subtle sweetness and hints of spice, gradually took center stage. These flavors remained pretty consistent throughout the remainder of the smoke. There was no drop off in taste, even at the end. The cigar was also consistently medium-to-full bodied.
It took me 45 minutes to smoke the cigar down to 1½ inches remaining. During that time, the cigar had a very good draw, held a long ash, and had an even burn. No touch-ups nor relights were needed. I found the Back2Back Nicaragua Robusto to be a good solid smoke worthy of a 3.5 rating on a 5-point scale. It is also a very good value for being a Davidoff cigar, priced at only $6.49 (or less) per single stick.