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Stogie Reviews: Jameson Declaration Iniquity

16 Jun 2010

Declaration’s website makes no bones about where its inspiration comes from. “A cigar created with purpose and passion, Declaration embodies our independent spirit and inspires a statement about personal liberty, ‘Smoke to be Free.'”

DeclarationA creation of the Jameson Cigar Co., this isn’t the only cigar to draw inspiration from the fight for the freedom to smoke. Before Declaration there was Defiance, a project of Xikar and Jesus Fuego, that sent a portion of sales to fight anti-cigar legislation. More recently, Paradigm 262 by Revolution Cigars takes aim at anti-smoking forces with its “262 Manifesto” in defense of the freedom to smoke.

Along those lines, Declaration only comes in one size: the 5 and a half inch by 50 ring gauge “Iniquity.” The name works on two levels. Defined by Websters as “a gross injustice” or a “wicked act,” anti-smoking activists may see smoking as an iniquity, while cigar smokers see iniquities in the smoking bans and tobacco taxes those same activists push.

Whatever the context, Iniquity features a muted brown habano ’98 wrapper with just a bit of oily shine. The Dominican puro uses a criollo ’98 binder and with “select filler tobaccos from the prime growing regions of the Dominican Republic.” It is firm to the touch and, pre-light, reveals coffee flavors.

The long robusto starts with a bit of sweet grass, but evolves quickly to reveal coffee, woody, and toasty flavors. A bit of pepper goes in and out and there’s also a hint of leather.

Throughout the smoke I repeatedly noticed a dominant dark coffee flavor. Occasionally that manifests as  bitter notes of burnt coffee grounds, while at other times it had the richness of a dark french roast.

With ever changing flavors, complexity abounds. It isn’t the most balanced smoke, but deep burnt flavors make it a unique medium- to full-bodied creation. The draw can be a bit tight and the burn needs a few  touch-ups but, on the whole, construction is above average.

I’m a sucker for declarations of liberty, so if I were to rate the Declaration on it’s “Smoke to be Free” concept there’s no doubt this smoke would get a perfect score. But this is a cigar review, not test of one’s devotion to freedom. Fortunately, the Declaration Iniquity has a lot to offer as a cigar too, and it earns a most respectable rating of three and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

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2 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Jameson Declaration Iniquity”

  1. Steve in Falls Churc Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    Three and a half or four and a half?

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