Review of Long Live the King Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Long Live the King cigars from Caldwell Cigar Co. are made with Dominican Corojo wrappers and binders, and filler tobaccos from Peru and Nicaragua. The cigars are available in several vitolas, including The Heater (46 x 5.75/pigtail cap) which was sampled for this review. They can be purchased online in 5-packs for as low as $42.50, but are priced a bit higher at some retailers.
The sample cigar began with a very sweet and peppery flavor, and was medium-to-full bodied. Despite a good dose of pepper, the sweet taste was predominate for the first 10-15 minutes, when the two flavors finally reached equilibrium. At that point, a creamy caramel taste also started to become noticeable, and the cigar was just bursting with flavor. As the cigar continued to be smoked, the pepper became dominant without becoming more intense, as the other flavors began to back off just a bit. Although I appreciate a brief dose of pepper and spice at the beginning of a cigar, a peppery taste can become too much of a good thing after a while, as the pepper taste in this cigar lasted for the entire duration of the smoke.
The cigar was very well made and had a good draw, especially for its smaller size (ring gauge=46). The cigar burned slowly and evenly for the first 15 minutes, but then a couple of touch-ups were needed before the cigar went out for the first time after 50 minutes. Two more relights were needed before the cigar went out by itself for the fourth and last time, with 2½ inches remaining. Total smoking time was an impressive 80 minutes.
I rate the Caldwell Long Live the King Cigar with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. However, fans of peppery and spicy cigars would probably rate this cigar higher, despite the burn issues beyond the mid-point.