Mark Twain No. 2 is a great everyday smoke that will last you over an hour. These mild to medium bodied smokes have a mellow flavor that can be enjoyed anytime of day. Featuring Nicaraguan long fillers and binder, they are draped an a silky smooth, Connecticut leaf wrapper. Mark Twain No. 2 are large Churchill sized vitolas measuring 7 1/2 x 52 and available in affordable packs or boxes of 20 cigars.
|7 1/2 x 52 (Churchill)||Box of 20||Connecticut||Nicaraguan||Nicaraguan||Nicaragua|
Mark Twain Cigar Tasting Notes Pre-Light
The cigar looks fairly unremarkable at first glance. Its Connecticut shade wrapper is a silky medium brown with just the slightest hint of an oily sheen. The cigar is extremely thick and long. It is a bit squishy, showing that it has not been packed as tightly as possible. There is some minimal veining, but it is hardly noticeable unless you look closely.
The pre-light aroma of the Mark Twain is a rich, nutty scent with a hint of leather. A cold draw reveals a strong taste of nuts and leather, with an appealing hint of vanilla.
The first few draws of the Mark Twain offer little to no resistance, which is often a sign of a cigar that has not been packed as tightly as possible. However, these draws do produce a bountiful amount of resinous smoke, which is thick but not overly so. The finish is quite short, but that is to be expected with a more affordable cigar.
The flavors of nuts and leather dominate in the first third of the cigar, though there is a noticeable taste of wood. The woody taste is a little bitter, but still quite pleasant. Overall, the first third of the cigar is tasty, though it does smoke down very quickly. The woody flavors continue into the mid-third of the cigar.
The woody flavors from the first third of the cigar continue into the beginning of the middle portion of the Mark Twain. The cigar's flavors develop nicely throughout the first third, and the short finish lengthens pleasantly. The woody flavor gets less bitter as you make your way through the middle part of the cigar. Also, the nutty flavor continues throughout the middle portion of the cigar.
The body gets a but smaller in the middle part of the cigar, but it was still on the larger side. The nutty and woody flavors continued through the final portion of the middle of the cigar as it transitions to the final third of the stick.
The final third of the cigar is similar to the mid-third. The dominant woody and nutty flavors that ran through the first third are also the main flavors of the cigar's last third. The woody and nutty flavors continue to mellow out and get smoother. The final third does begin to get squishy with roughly an inch still left of the stick.
This is hardly surprising, considering the other hints that the cigar is not packed as tightly as it could be. It is also worth noting that the cigar's smoke became quite hot with about an inch left of the stick, at roughly the same time that the cigar became a bit squishy. It's probably best to simply throw the cigar away when there is only an inch left instead of smoking it all the way down to the nub.
The Mark Twain Cigar is Worth a Try
In conclusion, the Mark Twain cigar is a solid but imperfect smoke. It has nice mellow flavors of wood and nut with a hint of vanilla sweetness thrown in. It does have a slight bitterness in the mid-third, though this fades away. The cigar's main problems all stem from it not being packed as tightly as possible with its tobacco. This leads to a bit of a squishy stick before you start smoking. It also leads to the large cigar smoking quite quickly. Finally, loose packing also causes the smoke to get hot and the last part of the cigar to get squishy. However, the low price of the Mark Twain cigar means that it is still worth a try.