I like to preface all my reviews with something. For this review, I’ll say that reviewing a cigar that is as rare as a UF-4 is not something I like to review often. This is a cigar that is relatively difficult to find, and is never readily available online or in your local Brick & Mortar. I was fortunate to get my hands on a bundle from Casa de Montecristo in Chicago for Jonathan Drew’s annual Halloween event.
While I can’t validate this statement, I am pretty sure that the UF-4 is the final product of the JD4, both of which I have smoked. This is a 6×52 toro with a Connecticut Habano Stalk-Cut wrapper, Brazilian Matafina binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. The wrapper is the same wrapper used on the Liga Privada T-52. Visually, this cigar doesn’t look much different from a T52 or No. 9 Toro. However, after the first four or five puffs, this tastes an awful lot like a 52. There’s a sweet undertone that is surrounded by a faint earth. This is a slow burner, after one inch 30 minutes has already gone by. For the first 2-3 inches of the cigar, there is no spice, something I was expecting to taste with a Stalk-Cut Habano wrapper. After about 45 minutes, the intensity starts to ramp up, strength-wise and flavor wise. This is now a full-bodied, full-strength cigar. Into the mix is now a distinct milk chocolate note, with an undertone of cedar. Neither of the aforementioned flavors has receded. The flavors stay present until the final puff, and just as strong and full-bodied as they were when they hit the 45-minute mark. This is about an hour and a half or hour and forty-five minute smoke. For a toro, this took me for a pretty long ride. The finish is long staying, and this is the type of cigar that leaves you wanting another puff right away.
This is a difficult cigar to review. In addition to being very rare and hard to come by, this cigar is absolutely incredible. It’s easy to get lost in the cigar, which is what a great cigar should do to you. As Connor has mentioned in other reviews, I am an absolute Broadleaf whore. If I had to pick a backup wrapper to Broadleaf, it would be a close race between Mexican San Andres Negro and Connecticut Stalk-Cut Habano. Regardless, I love all dark tobaccos coming out of Connecticut. This would make my personal top-five list, if it weren’t so limited. It’s easily one of the best 10 cigars I’ve smoked.
You can find this cigar online. I purchased a 10-count bundle of these form Casa de Montecristo’s website around Halloween time for about $170 with shipping. Keep an ear out for Jonathan’s event in Chicago and you’ll be able to score these for yourself.
Broadleaf and Peace