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The best of the best, sir!If you’re eyeballing these wondering if you should pull the trigger, let me ease thy mind a bit. For the price, it don’t get a whole lot better. Perfectly fermented wrappers, well-aged fillers, and packaging that’s as unique as they come, all awaits for south of 50 bucks. If I were you I’d jump on these ASAP, because the compliments from around the office have already started pouring in. Black Ops Maduro is an uber-dark specimen that's brimming with dense, rich flavors. This maduro-wrapped blend comes chock full of Cuban-seed long-fillers resulting in a medium to full-bodied profile that is notably smooth. Hints of chocolate, espresso, honey, and pepper are found within each thick puff. A scrumptious blend that you can afford to burn through again and again. Even more importantly, it's a blend you'll want to keep stocked in your humidor for a very long time.
I bought the Maduro Toro size. Just VERY LIGHT HINTS of chocolate, espresso, honey, and pepper. Mostly honey and pepper. DOES go GOOD with a cinnamon coffee. An all around smoke for any time of day. Finish is peppery in upper palate and a semi-sour tobacco flavor on the tongue. A TOUCH of sweetness can be detected as well. Star or cross cut makes for nice easy draw. Construction is quite nice. They burn well! Nice prominent, yet not TOO prominent vein-age. I thought they would be more oily than what they are. Touch ups are sometimes needed. White ash with speckles of gray and cracks of black. Ash holds on well and can get quite long before falling off. Has nice retro-hale aroma of a NICE plain tobacco smell. This stogie CAN get to your head if your smoke-in right (drawing, swishing, roll-in on you tongue, retro-haling and smelling). Thick plumage of smoke begin at half-way point. If they were more oily, I would like them better. Overall, I believe they are a pleasurable cigar experience! Just wish they were more sweet and oily. I want to try and always have some on hand. Price dictating. :-) enjoy!
Picked up a bundle of these on a recent trip to the Hamburg Superstore. Only had two bad ones in the bundle. One was plugged and one had a huge crack in it. Overall very good, nice even burn all the way through. I picked up a nice peppery earthy flavor all the way through and on some of them got a root beer flavor on the retrohale. I am still shopping around with all the different cigars available, but I do see myself picking up another bundle of these in the future.
Pretty decent cigar for the cost. Surprisingly mild. 20 pack would be a lot if you are unsure whether you will like them.
A bang for your buck, excellent smoke. Smooth & full bodied, in my opinion. Well worth the investment.
Ordered these in 12/2014. RotT - Bit of an "I don't know about this one". I think the not storing it in cedar gave it a bit too much "plastic" aroma.
But a couple of days after resting in the humidor .... MMMmmmm goodness. Interesting twist with a cedar/almost sage touch to the typical leather/chocolate flavor of a maduro. Leaned toward the med/strong scale. Definitely will buy again. Nice patch and armband holder with it.
Good everyday cigar. Will order again.
Pleasantly surprised. Well-constructed and tasty for a stick in this price range. A true bargain. Will order again for sure!
I was not particularly impressed with the flavors of this cigar and found it to be a bit stereotypical and uninteresting.... However, it did burn razor sharp even though there was a breeze outside so at least it was well constructed.
What a surprise when I pulled this one out of a sampler bundle. Very spicy to start and the spice stayed throughout the smoke. Rough looking roll, not too visually appealing. This smoke is reminiscent of The Punisher. No burning lips, but a rough ride. The draw is good. The volume of smoke is good. There is just not enough flavor to get me through the spicieness. Almost done with this smoke now and its not my taste....
I like a dark, thick, strong smoke and while these won't knock you on your butt, they are very good! Strong enough to have at the end of a long day with a glass of your favorite single malt yet tame enough and smooth enough to have with a nice espresso/dark coffee to start your day. Best yet, they don't kill the pocket book and are quality sticks you can share with friends w/o feeling like you're killing your high end stash. Highly recommend!
Just average, definitely not worth what they cost. You can find a lot better cigars out there for this price. Might be worth a buy when they go on clearance for half this price, but until then look elsewhere.
I bought a 20 bundle on the advice of a friend. Smoked one right away and was not too thrilled. Let the rest of them soak in 72% humidity in my aging humidor for several months. Lit one up today and put it down before I was half finished. Very boring, ho-hum smoke for a maduro. Not much flavor and no complexity. Transferred the rest to my public humidor for guests to take at will. Will not buy again.
Just an okay cigar. Not real flavorful. Got them super cheap.Does not have that oliy maduro taste. I would pass on these next time
I got his as part of a buy this much and get this free. I'm new to the cigar world but so far this has been my favorite.
Surprise !! This rugged lookin, soft rolled, inexpensive cigar delivers delightfully yummy maduro flavor profiles . Draws and burns well. For the price you can't go wrong with this one! A good everyday cigar. I will reorder. Thanks CI!!
I smoked 1/2 of my first bundle and I think it's a solid cigar. great favor.... It's good at any price.
What a great cigar for 50 bucks. I was very impressed and will be buying more in the future. The extra buck for the Black Ops lighter was definitely a buck well spent. The lighter has substance and a solid feel to it and works great. A great bundle from the CI guys.
A friend ordered these and gave me a few. Yeah a great friend! I ordered a bundle after smoking the first one. Great bargain, good cigar, even burn, lots of nice flavor. Will be a major filler in my humidor.
I bought a bundle of these 2 weeks ago. Very surprised; great smoke, good burning too. Can't wait to buy another bundle.
The Gurkha Titan is one of my favorite cigars. I ordered a bundle of 20 of these Black Ops Maduro cigars at a fraction of the price of the Gurkhas, and if you blindfolded me, I would not be able to tell the difference. Great bold full-bodied flavor, nice even burn. Makes for a very long and enjoyable smoke at an unbelievable price. The optional Black Ops lighter is also BADASS (especially for the price of $1 buck!). I am writing this review upon my return to buy another bundle of these cigars!
Good cigar. Even burn and easy draw. Hints of coffee and honey with draw with thick white smoke. If you like a medium cigars with a little sweetness this one is for you. Great with a morning cup of Joe!
I should tell everyone that this cigar bites so there would be more for me! Truthfully this is a great smoke at a good price. I ordered more and plan on stocking up. I got an even burn, good draw and more than decent taste. I guess that's why Gurkha is one of my favorite brands. The band is also pretty cool too.
just got my shipment here and lit one asap. this is the first real cigar ive smoked since swishers and let me tell you, you wont be disspleased. you get the notes of coffee and pepper and it's smooth as smooth. I'll have to restock soon.
A Great Cigar For Some R&R! Intimidating, Yet Tempting. This Is A Stick That Reminds You How A Cigar Should Be. I Got The Notes Of Coffee, And Pepper; While The Burn Was Perfect, And The Draw Easy. I Saw These On The Cover And Thought How Badass They Looked. I Bought 'Em And I'm Not Dissappointed One Bit! The Lighter Is Cool Too.
Just received these today. I have always been a fan of Gurkha Cigars and their blender Kaizad Hansotia. I am totally blown away by this Cigar. Great flavor and burn. Would recommend to anyone. New to Cigars or Old School. Fantastic price and excellent burn!
I got these cigars n they came as dry as the Sahara n tasted awful. But after a couple days in the humidor the flavor burn n draw took a turn for the best. Very good tasting smooth cigar. Even better with a strong cup of coffee.