My friends and I love to talk stogies. We talk about strength, flavor, brands, and the legends behind them. We don’t agree on much, but the one thing that we agree one is the position that Baccarat cigars hold on our stogie hall of fame. Baccarat cigars are without a doubt one of the most famous and popular cigars out there. They are ranked the most popular cigars in the US and the number one buy in both affordability and demand. Baccarat cigars are legendary for their flavor, especially their sweetness. Few other cigars in the market can carry the same sweetness consistently through the smoke. As for my Baccarat newbies, let us explore these masterpieces in detail.
The Baccarat brand of cigars is blended and hand rolled at the Camacho Factory located in Ranchos Jamastran, Dahnli. They feature Havana seed Honduran tobacco long fillers and Mexican binders. The Baccarat brand features three sub-brands:
Baccarat cigars use both Connecticut shade wrappers and Maduro wrappers. Since Baccarat cigars are generally mild to medium strength, the Connecticut shade wrapper, with its light taste and smooth, easy disposition, goes perfectly well with the medium strength. However, some Baccarat cigars use the Maduro wrapper. Maduro is richer, medium to full flavor with sweet undertones. The Maduro wrapper gives the typical Baccarat cigar more kick in its flavor while upholding the sweet notes that are the distinguishing factor in Baccarat cigar.
How It Burns
In this review, I smoked a petite corona baccarat cigar.
Baccarat cigars enjoy excellent construction. They are mildly spongy with no soft spots or bulges. The wrapper is a little veiny with barely visible seals. It smells of sweet leathery pepper with a barnyard cold draw. I also noticed notes of dry tobacco and chocolatey espresso. The draw is superb with just enough resistance for a spongy build.
The first draw delivers loads of rich smoke with a pleasant toasty aroma. There is a distinctive sweetness with every draw. Most people say that the sweetness in the Baccarat cigars is blended into the wrapper. I cannot speak for the construction process, but the sweetness in the cap infuses well into the smoke. The wrapper feels a little oily on the lips, and the sweetness tends to make your mouth water which eliminates getting a dry mouth which is a common trait with most stogies. The aftertaste carries peppery notes which remain on the tongue. Strength is mild to medium, and the flavor lingers until the next draw.
This stogie is very consistent. The strength remains a mild-medium, and the flavor holds up. There are caramel notes mixed with raw coffee. I also detected toasty flavors with burnt, peppery tobacco. The burn stays razor sharp with adequate smoke. There is no peaking ember or canoeing of any sort. The ash holds up to approximately half an inch. This is a quick burn cigar though. The most you will get, if you are a moderate smoker, is 30 to 45 minutes. Even as the sweet notes diminish, the cigar does not get bitter or torrid and remains flavorful and pleasant. Towards the end of the second third, there is more of a leathery, slightly floral zest. The lingering peppery notes become fleeting and jump to the front of the palate rather than the back.
There are no significant changes to the flavor profile. However, the taste, strength, and zing remain the same. This cigar is 100 percent consistent all the way to the stub. The burn and the construction stay solid. The stub tends to get a little warm but not too hot to be uncomfortable. The ash remains a good silver gray with no flaking. Overall, this 45-minute cigar is worth putting time aside to enjoy it.
The Baccarat brand of cigars is one of the best-priced cigars in the market. For such a well-constructed and consistent cigar, the prices are unbelievable. Baccarat, The Game cigars go for between $2.20 to $6.50 a pop. The Baccarat Cigarillos are priced at $0.70 to $1.00 per piece. The Baccarat Sumatra 1997 sell at $2.00 to $2.60. These are some of the lowest prices for cigars but do not be deceived; the quality and consistency of Baccarat cigars are rock solid.
The Sweet Cap
The distinguishing factor of Baccarat cigars is the sweetness. They are fitted with a unique sealing gum in the cap that delivers a sweet infusion into every draw. It is the perfect cigar for a beginner or even an aficionado who has a taste for sweet cigars.
History of Baccarat Cigars
The Baccarat brand has a long history. This sweet-capped stogie was a fan-favorite as early as the 1800s. Most Cuban brands of cigars in that era had a sweet-tipped cap. The current brand of Baccarat cigars was initially introduced by Carl Upmann in 1978. Later in 1989, after Julie Eiroa took over Fumas Tobacco, he revived the Baccarat brand. The original name for Baccarat brand was Carl Upmann.
Why You Should Try a Baccarat Cigar
If you have never had a Baccarat cigar, run, don’t walk to your nearest cigar store and get yourself one. Here is why.
Every time I smoke a Baccarat cigar, I can’t help but be amazed at how consistent the flavor is. Whether you smoke this stogie after a year or a month, you will be taken back to the first one you ever smoked. The flavor is robust, the construction is excellent, and the strength never fluctuates.
Every stogie lover wants a great every day cigar. The mild to medium strength of the Baccarat cigars in addition to the easy pleasant flavor and aroma make this the perfect any-time-of-day cigar.
The sweet cap
The signature sweet-cap fitted in Baccarat cigars is something you do not want to miss out on. As much as we try to describe the feel of this unique flavor, you have to try it to get it.
Seldom will you find this high quality of a cigar for these prices. Baccarat cigars cover all the bases to become an easy everyday smoke. It is safe to say that every Baccarat cigar you buy is a steal for the value you get.