Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano 2000
Binder:  Nicaraguan
Filler:  Nicaraguan Corojo, Nicaraguan Criollo
Vitola:  Robusto (5 x 50)
Brand:  Foundry Tobacco Company (Subsidiary of General Cigar)
Factory:  Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.
CigarNoise Price Range:  $5-$7
Availability:  Regular Production
Source:  IPCPR

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Foundry Time Flies – Flavors

Tangy Earth, Pepper, Cocoa, Honey, Wood, Caramel, Baker’s Chocolate, Mineral, Coffee, Bitter Chocolate, Walnut, Cocoa Puffs

Foundry Time Flies sets the stage with bold, tangy earth flavors complimented with powerful blasts of pepper and leading hints of cocoa, honey and wood.  The smoke is thick, robust, and grabs your attention like Quicksilver’s scenes in the X-Men movies.

The flavors themselves produce a short finish, allowing for each subsequent puff to feel fresh on the palate.  Pepper, though, continues to linger between draws.

Prior to the ash falling all over my lap at the one inch mark, those honey notes transitioned into caramel and are stealing the show.  The balance of spicy pepper and delectable caramel is just shy of being overwhelming, and ultimately is a rich, satisfying experience.

Upon removing the band, dark baker’s chocolate and earth rise to the top followed by intermittent traces of a metallic twang.  Caramel is still hanging around at the midway point, but it’s not as vibrant of a flavor as before.  Now it’s darker and combined with coffee nuances.

Sharp notes of bitter chocolate and heavy walnut flavors detract from most of the final third even though there are moments that it shows softer sides of the same flavors.  With under an inch left, a distinct taste of Cocoa Puffs beats the buzzer and redeems this segment.

On a side note, I just noticed that I have an unopened bottle of water on the desk that I never once felt like reaching for.

Foundry Time Flies – Mechanics

It’s not very often that a cigar can combine excellent flavors with excellent mechanics, but this collaboration between Foundry and AJ Fernandez comes very close.  Each draw yields copious amounts of smoke without being too open.

I performed several touchups in the middle segment, but nothing too damaging to the experience.  Near the end, the cigar itself maintained a firm, springy feel and never became mushy.

Cigar Reviews: Foundry Time Flies
9.1 Reviewer
9.3 Cigar Noise Network (2 votes)

Excellent Draw

Intriguing Flavors

Palate Friendly


Bitter 3/3

This cigar was a sleeper for me that over delivered on my expectations and is unique in the fact that it packs so much body and flavor into each draw without overtaxing the palate. I'd be interested in seeing what these are like in a few months, as I'm willing to bet that the last third will perform better over time.
What Other Folks Are Saying: 2 Make some Noise
Time Flies too fast
Bought a fiver of this stick in Dec 16, smoked one and while good the bitterness overtook it a little much in the last third. After 5 months in the humidor, much improved. I am impressed with this stick, all the flavors are right in my wheelhouse, the spice and pepper let you know they are there without shutting out the oak, caramel and twangy dried fruit that is present. Razor burn and smoked cool to the nub. A box is in my future.
May 10, 2017, 11:46 am
Nice AJ Cigar
I didn't know what to expect from this stick especially being a newly released cigar. It started off nice with a lot of spice and pepper, but after the first half fell short. I think the cigar would do well with a little bit more age, but overall was a nice treat.
October 19, 2016, 7:57 pm
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Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for SmallBatchCigar.com and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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