Don Francisco Bohemian Knot Wednesday, Feb 13 2008 

Country: USA
Wrapper: Corojo
Binder: Capote
Filler: Ligero Dominicano, Seco Dominicano, Piloto Cubano
Size: 5.25″ x 52 ring

The Don Francisco Bohemian Knot is a rustic looking Corojo that is part of a very diverse line of cigars made for Don Francisco Cigars in East Brunswick New Jersey. When you walk into the shop the first thing you see is the rolling tables where the Don Francisco cigars are made. There is an amazing selection of cigars there and there is a huge lounge in the back of the store where customers are invited to sit and relax while they enjoy their favorite smoke. It is everything I’d want in a cigar shop. I was visiting family in New Jersey this past Thanksgiving and took the opportunity to stop in the shop. I learned about Don Francisco’s at the HerfHut cigar forum where the owner Lew, is an esteemed member and moderator. While I was there I looked through a case packed full of delicious looking cigars all bearing the gold trimmed red band of the Don Francisco brand. It was almost too hard to choose. I was hoping to find some of the Culebras I saw pictures of over on HerfHut but alas there were none, but another cigar practically jumped out of the case at me. It’s distinctive appearance making it a must buy. The Bohemian Knot.

The Don Francisco Bohemian Knot has a pig tailed head and unfinished foot. The wrapper is a very oily Corojo with a mottled brown coloring. The whole effect of the pig tail, unfinished foot and spotted wrapper gives the cigar a very rustic almost tribal appearance. The cigars appearance makes me envision this cigar as the stick of choice for Dominican Witch Doctors. Below are some closeups of the head and foot on this uniquely wrapped stogie. Unfortunately my sub par camera is not only bad at taking closeups, the flash evens out the color of the wrapper making the pictures poor representations of the actual appearance of the cigar. I wish they came out better so you could see the very cool variations in color that give the wrapper a mottled look. I know that most of the time cigar makers go to great lengths to select wrapper leaves with very even and consistent coloring, but in this case the mottled look works very well for this cigar. I love the look of this cigar and wish my pictures did it more justice. You can click any of the pictures in this review for an enlarged view.

Closeup of the Pig Tailed Head

Closeup of the Unfinished Foot

Lighting an cigar with an unfinished foot is a bit of a different exercise than with your typical open foot cigar. You almost have to puff on it during the light to work past the wrapper that closes it off. Doing so creates a bit of harshness at first but it goes away very quickly. I probably just need to work on my technique with these a bit to resolve that. This is not what I’d call a typical corojo. It lacks some of the spice and power that you typically get with this kind of wrapper. However, what you do get from it is surprisingly good. It is very smooth and delivers a very decadent tobacco flavor and it has a a very woodsy core. It has a long pleasant finish with subtle notes of nuts. I also notice that it has a slightly bitter bite on the tip of my tongue that I found unique and enjoyable. The flavors are very consistent throughout the smoke never changing much. It did start to develop a bit of leather near the midway point that faded away again very quickly. It is a very good medium bodied smoke in both taste and power. I think the Bohemian Knot is a very accessible cigar for all kinds of smokers. It has plenty to offer the an experienced smoker who is looking for an easy going smoke that will hold their attention yet a person newer to cigars would find it very enjoyable and not at all over powering. It is one of the smoothest corojos I have ever smoked. The only negative thing I can say about this cigar is that the ash seemed very loose and flaky and the burn had a habit of going crooked several times, but it wasn’t so bad as to detract from the experience. As house brands go the Don Francisco Bohemian Knot is an excellent cigar. If you ever find yourself in East Brunswick, New Jersey be sure to stop in at Don Francisco Cigars and check out his excellent store and pick yourself up some of these cigars.

Rating – B+

Geminis Connecticut Reserve 6.0×50 Tuesday, Sep 27 2005 

Country: (Don’t Know)
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Filler: Long Filler (don’t know what kind)
Size: Toro 6″x50 ring

Another one of Nick’s Cigar World house blends…

The first time I smoked one of these I was impressed by the cigar, the second time not as much. It is a decent smoke, medium bodied, but with an unremarkable flavor. The look of the cigar is top notch. It has a beautiful buttery looking Connecticut Shade wrapper that has an oily sheen to it and has very few viens. It is near flawless. It burns perfectly, has a great medium draw and creates billows of thick white smoke. The cigar is great in every way except in flavor. The flavor isn’t bad, it’s just nothing special. I wish I had the ability to better describe what I mean but describing the flavors of a cigar is a skill I still need a lot of work on. For the price it is a good cigar, but the Cubana Select that Nick’s sells are so much better and cost even less.

Los Patriotas 5.0×50 Saturday, Sep 24 2005 

Another house blend from Nick’s Cigar world…

Country: Nicaragua ??
Wrapper: ?? (Don’t know)
Filler: (unknown) Long filler ??
Size: Robusto 5”x50 ring

This was an ascetically pleasing cigar. Dark brown wrapper with very few veins and a slightly oily appearance. The wrapper left a slightly sweet taste on my lips. The burn was perfect from start to finish. The draw was a medium to easy draw and the ash was a beautiful white and held together nicely.

I was expecting this cigar to be a lot stronger than it was. I thought this cigar was going to be a medium bodied cigar but I found it to be very mild. Actually it had almost no flavor at all. I produced a lot of nice thick smoke and I did enjoy it, but would not smoke one again. There just wasn’t anything impressive are even slightly remarkable about it. It would probably make a good noobie smoke. I like mild smokes but I do want them to have some flavor and some body. This cigar lacked both.

Cubana Select 5.0×50 Saturday, Aug 20 2005 

Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Natural
Filler: Honduran Long Filler (Cuban Seed Tobacco)
Size: Robusto 5″x50 ring

Another great cigar at a great price. To start, this is a good looking smoke, well made with a handsome, simple ring. When you first light it, it has a very spicy, peppery flavor to it and comes across a little strong, but that is only temporary. After about the first inch, it mellows out into a smooth, woody flavored smoke. Mild but tasty. It has a nice medium to easy draw and creates lots of beautiful smoke. Mine started to burn uneven at first but it straightened itself out. The uneven burn may have been due to the way I lit it. I was outdoors in the breeze of a fan. This cigar has a nice grey ash that holds together fairly well. You have to tap it at about an inch and a half or risk it dropping in your lap. I was able to smoke this down to the nub and enjoyed every bit of it.

This cigar is the house blend of Nick’s Cigar World in Myrtle Beach. I can hardly wait to get down there to pick a few more of these babies up. They run about $2.75 per stick. A fantastic price for such a good smoke. I do love a bargin and vacation is just a week away.

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