Kinky Friedman – The Big Richard Cigar Review

  • Ring: 6.5 x 54
  • Tobacco:
    • Wrapper: Honduran Habano
    • Binder: Nicaragua
    • Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama
  • Acquired: Back in late 2010
  • Smoked February 10th 2011
  • Price: $11.50 SRP
  • Beverage: None
  • Cut Method: Cutter
  • Puff Rate (estimate): 1  puff approx every 20 seconds
  • Method of lighting: Xikar Lighter
  • Smoke Time: 1.5 hours (+/-)
  • Times Ashed: 5
  • Official Website: http://www.kinkycigars.com

Initial Thoughts:
Kinky Friedman is true jack of all trades. He is a musician, politician, animal rights advocate, writer, comedian, and yes – cigar maker. Kinky Friedman is a long time cigar smoker and while running for governor was adamantly opposed to smoking bans. Late in 2010 I had the honor of meeting Kinky Friedman’s former campaign manger at Heroes and Legacies (Austin Texas). After talking about politics, cigars, and of course Kinky himself, she was kind enough to give me this cigar to review. The Kinky Friedman Big Richard is a cigar made in Honduras at the Kinky Friedman cigar factory. This cigar is made up of well-aged tobacco. In fact, the wrapper, binder, and filler all have at least seven years of age on them.

“Cuban cigars is a big expense because I do smoke a lot of them, eight to 12 a day, so that would be almost as bad as a cocaine habit, a hundred bucks a day.” – Kinky Friedman

The Big Richard displays an almost vein free Honduran Habano Maduro wrapper. The wrapper leaf is marbled in color with some imperfections noticeable. The wrapper leaf is slightly oily to the touch and the cigar is dense with the density being uniformed. The wrapper conceals a Nicaraguan binder and filler from Nicaragua, Panama, and Honduras. This cigar is sold in boxes of 20 with a suggested retail price of about $11.50 per stick.
The Smoke…

With the cap cleanly cut a cold draw provided a medium pull but with even air flow. The cold draw was sweet with ample floral flavors. Hints of black tea and mint notes were also detected. With the cigar burning this cigar starts off mellow and smooth. This cigar produces ample amounts of aromatic smoke. Notes of wood mixed with floral sweetness were noticed during the first half. In addition there is a classic Honduran flavor profile underlying the entire smoke. For a habano wrapper there is not much spice on the retro-hale and no pops of pepper were noticed. However, cream and oils were present as the cigar progressed.

The ash on this cigar is somewhat brittle and flaky, but the ash presented as a nice gray with alternating lines of black. However, the burn line remains true and even.

As the second half of the cigar started the sweetness kicked up a notch and the ash seemed to stabilize. No spice or pepper were noticed during the start of the second half, however, I did notice more oil being imparted on the lips. The smoke also presented with a very clean finish. Notes of honey came into existence and the wood notes continued unabated. As the second half was drawing to an end the aroma changed to a classic barnyard which to me denotes competent aging. The flavor remained smooth, sweet, and mellow with a very clean finish. Toward the end there was some very slight spice but muted compared to the sweetness.

The results are in!

There is no joking about this cigar – it’s good. Well aged, well made, and just a relaxing smoke. If you are not a fan of a lot of spice or pepper then this cigar could just be your smoke. In addition, no bitterness or harshness was detected. I easily smoked this cigar to the cap. I would judge this cigar as a medium strong in terms of nicotine power, and medium to full on the flavor scale. Overall – well done!

Cigar Rant’s Rating: Very Good

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