The Label Factor:
I don’t think it’s unfair to say the ACID line has a purposeful design. When you walk into a cigar shop, it wouldn’t be surprising if the ACID sticks are the first you’ll notice. From the large font, to the glossy sheen, to the tobacco leave scraps that surround the sticks in their box; these cigars are meant to be noticed.
What We Liked:
The Big Bang came to me via a lucky game of dominoes while attending a Drew Estate Event many months ago. This ACID line is exclusive to TAA retailers and, according to Corona Cigars, is limited production and receives an extra year of aging.
Right from the first puff, it’s clear you are smoking an infused stick. Your lips will immediately get sweetness upon coming in contact with the wrapper, and you may find yourself tempted to lick them after each puff. I wouldn’t recommend that, as chapped lips are no laughing matter.
Once you get past the initial shock, you are greeted to the pleasant flavors of herbs and incense. If you have no idea what I mean by incense, imagine a little bit of smokiness with a variety of spices in there as well. That makes it sound earthy, but the profile is definitely sweet. The Big Bang is the strongest infused stick I’ve had, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call it a solid medium or medium-full body. There isn’t a whole lot more to the stick than that, so you’ll know pretty quickly if this is for you or not.
Perhaps my favorite thing about smoking the occasional ACID cigar is the lack of harshness and aftertaste. My wife, who typically doesn’t enjoy the smell of a cigar, doesn’t mind the aroma of infused sticks! I also don’t need to brush my teeth a dozen times before I can taste anything else. I can simply move on with my life.
What We Didn’t Like:
As I mentioned before, this wasn’t my first infused cigar rodeo. I’ve previously had the Rocky Patel Java and the ACID Kuba Kuba. I certainly enjoyed the Kuba Kuba more than I did the Big Bang, with it’s delicious vanilla profile. Everybody has different tastes so this isn’t really a bad thing for the cigar.
The whole infusion thing does make me wonder, though; can Drew Estate create an ACID Chocolate Milkshake? Wait, I’ve got an even better idea: ACID Neapolitan. People love when a cigar changes every third, so you can start off with strawberry and work your way to chocolate and vanilla! I’ll be the first to buy a box if this happens.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Flavored cigars aren’t for everyone, but they are certainly for a lot of people. If you haven’t yet tried one, you owe it to yourself to go at least one round. Unless you have closed your mind to the world of infusion, there isn’t a reason to pick up one or two, especially if you are looking to introduce a friend or significant other to the world of cigars. The Big Bang is as good a place to start as any, assuming your local retailer is part of TAA, or you don’t mind shopping online.
Interested in trying ACID cigars? You can purchase them here.