Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
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
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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.
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