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Information:
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper origin: Connecticut
Wrapper type: Connecticut Shade
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Blondie Length: 4”
Blondie Ring: 38
Blondie Cost: $3.60
Blondie Belicoso Length: 5”
Blondie Belicoso Ring: 54
Blondie Belicoso Cost: $5.60
Drink: Go Green by Ricka Rivers found on Instagram as ms_ricka1022 or on Face Book Ms.Ricka

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(I normally don’t do flavor infused cigars, so this is new territory for me.)
I decided to change things up and rate two sizes of the same cigar. Below you will have my feelings on both, along with ratings of each. Hopefully this will help to point out the reasons to snag each cigar, given the situation you find yourself in.

Appearance: Both the Blondie and the Blondie Belicoso are wrapped in a very light Connecticut Shade wrapper. Neither shows any major veins along the exterior, and only some minor veins visible. At the bottom of each cigar, the wrapper has slightly flaked off. The band is a brilliant hue of blue, pointing to the type of Acid you are getting (each color signifies a different subculture blend type). Below the initial band is a simple one that explains the name of the particular cigar.
(My first impression of the Blondie Belicoso is that it’s too small for my taste, while the Blondie is right up my alley.)
Both cigars feel equally full. The cut on both revealed a small amount of debris, but nothing that would be of concern. The Blondie outmatched the Belicoso on the draw, as the Belicoso was a little too loose overall. Both sticks kept a very straight burn, although neither was specifically outstanding with holding its ash (each ashed after about ¼ of the cigar) – that’s not to say the quality is poor, just not exemplary. I found with the Blondie that it burned hot from the halfway point on, while the Belicoso remained cool up until the last ¼.

The Flavor: There is little difference in flavor between the two sizes: throughout the stick you will be finding a very powerful sweetness layered with cream and some citrus undertones.
From the start you will have the taste on your lips due to the wrapper being infused with the flavors. As you progress, there is a slight depression of the sweet sugar that mingles with a very creamy nature… and a slight citrus tone. The best I can describe it is like smoking a very sweet orange creamsicle. The sweetness is a bit overpowering to begin, but as it fades it becomes more and more enjoyable as you inch down the cigar
This is meant to be a light and sweet cigar, and it hits on that with no problem at all. It’s an easy smoke, with little to no force behind it in terms of strength. Absolutely met expectations.

The Verdict: Let’s be frank – if flavored cigars aren’t your thing, this cigar isn’t for you. For people who do like them… this isn’t a bad buy. They are to the point of being almost overwhelmingly sweet. If you aren’t expecting it from the get-go, you will be surprised. However, they mellow through the smoke.
If you prefer the sweetness to be a little more subdued, let them age for over a year or so and it will drop a bit (I’ve been experimenting with these and how long until the flavor drops, as time passes they continue to get milder in terms of sweetness). There were some minor construction issues that I was concerned about, but overall the cigars both performed well.
With scores so close, all I can say is it comes down to preference and time constraints. Do you like corona-esque smokes that you can finish off in under a half hour? Go for the Blondie. Do you prefer something more substantial that’s going to last past the hour mark? Belicoso it is.

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My Rating for this Cigar for a Non Flavored Cigar Lover
Overall: 3 ½ out of Stars
Appearance: 3 ½ out of Stars
Construction: 3 ½ out of Stars
Flavor: 3 ½ out of Stars
Value: 3 ½ out of Stars

My Rating for this Cigar for a Flavored Cigar Lover
Overall: 4  out of Stars
Appearance: 4  out of Stars
Construction: 4  out of Stars
Flavor: 4  out of Stars
Value: 4  out of Stars

Written by- David McCoy

Edited by M. Kristjan Peterson

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