Wrapper: Habano
Binder: Criollo 98
Filler: Piloto Cubano, Nicaraguan, Criollo 98
Vitola: Belicoso
Brand: Seven Seven Cigars
CigarNoise Price Range: $11-$14
Availability: Regular Production
Source: Review Samples

Seven Seven Cigars Habano – Opening Thoughts

The cigar I find myself smoking today is the Seven Seven Cigars Habano belicoso.  Seven Seven Cigars also included samples of their Sumatra and Maduro cigars which I will review in the future.

Seven Seven Cigars is owned by Winston Pena.  Located in Tamboril, DR, blenders Martin and Francisco Almonte help guide the blends for the company.  Martin worked for Arturo Fuente for 19 years and Francisco worked for La Flor Dominicana for 9 years.

The visual inspection of this habano reveals little tooth and relative dryness on the wrapper.  Mild baking spices, barnyard and leather emanate from the wrapper and none of the scents are overpowering.  Inspecting the foot of the cigar, I find a tightly packed cigar with dry hay, cinnamon and vegital notes from the end.

I decide to remove the cap with a straight cut to access the cold draw.  Hay, sweet cocoa and floral notes combine for an interesting experience.  The draw is tighter than I prefer.  Maybe it will perform just fine though.

Seven Seven Cigars Habano – First Third

Leather, Wood, Floral, Caramel, Mild Spiciness, Cream

Right after torching the foot, I am aware immediately that the draw is even slightly tighter than before I lit it.  Leather notes with a rich taste begin the profile with wood and floral notes mingling in and out of the mix.  Late in the finish there is a moment of caramel sweetness and spice which do a fantastic job of leveling out the floral notes.  Hints of soft cream are right on the heals of the caramel and closes the profile delicately.

There is a few puffs near the one inch mark which turn a little bitter, but it doesn’t last and quickly evaporates.

I am experiencing medium heat with a profile of leather, floral notes, and a sharp white pepper spice at the end.  With a medium quality burn line, a nice solid ash, and an aromatic smoke coming form the foot, I am really enjoying this smoke.  The tight draw is the only chink in the armor so far.

Seven Seven Cigars Habano

Seven Seven Cigars Habano – Middle Third

Leather, Almond, Floral, Cedar, Cream

As I jot down notes about this experience I find just twenty-four minutes passing as the first third of the cigar slipped away.

The beginning of the middle section greets me with much softer notes.  Leather and almonds are front runners with very mild hints of the floral notes and cedar following.  Just as the cedar finishes, the creamy notes I experienced int he first third return for a repeat performance.  While the profile has changed slightly, I was hoping to discover more complexity in the Habano as the cigar heated up.

Construction in the middle section continues to be good, but the draw also continues to be tight.  I feel like the difficulty in getting air through this stick is really hurting the smoke production as well as my overall enjoyment of the experience.

Middle section retrohaling mirrors the experience from the first third.  A medium heat washes over my sinuses with leather, floral notes and a somewhat milder white pepper spice rounding things out.

Seven Seven Cigars Habano

Seven Seven Cigars Habano – Final Third

Cedar, Floral, Mild Tobacco, White Pepper

Right as I finish the middle section of the Habano cigar, I sense the increased presence of nicotine.  This final third could be a real sledgehammer.

Cedar leads off as the main flavor and is relatively powerful.  As it dissipates, floral notes and mild tobacco are present, but they are nearly an afterthought.  However, the strength of this cigar is picking up rapidly.  A small dose of white pepper tickles my palate right at the finish of the profile.  Again, I am offered a very subtle shift in flavors but overall it feels familiar.

Midway thought this final third, the cigar just dies on me.  I decide to relight it just because I want to see how the cigar performs right to the end.  I am not sure if it is due to the relight or not but the final section of the cigar is quite warm and beginning to get bitter.

The draw remained tight from start to finish as well.  One hour and fourteen minutes was my smoke time with the Seven Seven Habano cigar.

Seven Seven Cigars Habano

Cigar Reviews: Seven Seven Cigars Habano
8.4 Reviewer
8.5 Cigar Noise Network (3 votes)
Pros

Relatively Maintenance Free

Enjoyable Flavors

Cons

High Pricepoint

Tight Draw

Somewhat Linear Flavors

Summary
The Seven Seven Habano was a good cigar. Was it $11-$14 good? Here is the bottom line...there are a lot of really good cigars out there under that price point. So, I think they are going to need to re-evaluate their MSRP to stay competitive. I enjoyed the cigar, save the consistently tight draw from beginning to end and flavors that felt familiar as I moved from section to section in the smoke. The linear profile and draw issue combined to cause my lower score for enjoyment. Also, one relight and the fact that the burn line was never crisp or sharp, caused the score for the burn to come down a little. Thankfully I have other samples to review in the future for Seven Seven Cigars and we can see if this Habano was just a fluke.
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WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!? Draw was perfect for me. Green pepper, cloves, Cavendish, artificial cherry sweetness, some bitterness, cinnamon on the finish. Smoked this with very little rest so I'll have to revisit in a few months to see if some of the bitterness dissipates.
August 30, 2017, 1:13 pm
Value8.5
Burn8
Draw9.5
Flavor7.9
Enjoyment8.4
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I agree with the full review
May 28, 2017, 6:37 pm
Value6.5
Burn8
Draw7
Flavor7.5
Enjoyment7.6
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Good stick
I tried 3 times and I like the habano belicoso 77 , flavored, medium streng 👍👌
May 28, 2017, 4:41 pm
Value9.6
Burn9.6
Draw10
Flavor10
Enjoyment9.5
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