Too Good By Half
For review, I drizzled some Corona down my gullet and some CI Cigar into Ye Olde Phoenix set for 8.5 watts and torched it up. Right up front is a perfect medium-bodied cigar flavor, riding on a wisp of something that might be sweet peaches or pears and a crisp, campfire-like aroma of pine. The sweetness from the fruit accentuates the richness of the tobacco instead of distracting from it, and the pine taste (and aroma) is lightly done, like a thin layer of icing -- again, accentuating and not distracting or fighting with the tobacco. At 9 watts another dimension appeared...a vaguely tea-like flavor is hiding in the mix, and jacking up the power a bit helped bring it out to play. Throat hit was good and vapor outstanding.
In the Chobra at about 10 watts, CI Cigar came into full blossom. It was a little easier to discern the individual flavors in the vape, but this ability didn't seem to distract from the enjoyment of the overall blending of those flavors, if that makes sense to you. It also brought out some faint floral/herbal notes that I didn't notice in the Phoenix -- and what I couldn't quite make out as either peaches or pears is most assuredly peaches. Vaping it like you'd smoke a cigar, not inhaling into the lungs but just allowing the vapor to hang out in your mouth for a bit before slowly exhaling, was an extremely realistic "smoking" experience, reminding me of puffing a Drew Estate ACID Cold Infusion Tea Cigar more than vaping. In this case, that's a good thing, fellow babies. That so many perfectly balanced flavors could meld into such an awesome vape is almost...well, criminal. This stuff is almost too good to be legal. Throat hit was solid and vapor outstanding.
Wrap-Up: CI Cigar is one incredible cigar vape, no question. It's quite different from The Blonde but just as amazing. The medium-bodied tobacco sweetened with the peach and playing with the pine and light tea flavor (as well just a hint of a floral tone) tastes just as good as it sounds. The room note is of a sweet, mildly cigar-like aroma that isn't acrid or overpowering. A lot of time and skill went into this extraction, and for the price, it simply cannot be overlooked by anyone who wants an honest-to-Gawd 'baccy vape.
Reviewed by: John Hamilton from Orlando FL on 5/1/2013