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Cigar Review: Acme Route 66 Hot Rod

16 Sep 2015

The new Route 66 cigar line sports a retro band, an all-American name, and filler that includes the trendy Mexican San Andrés tobacco.

Route 66 CigarIf you haven’t seen Route 66 yet, that’s not surprising. Acme Cigar Co.’s Jay Lundy said they have just recently begun to roll out nationally from their Texas base after what he called an “absolutely great” reception at this summer’s cigar industry convention in New Orleans.

But you’re likely to have come across Acme even sooner if you’re even mildly active on social media. The company is very active on various platforms, along with AKA Cigars, its sibling.

Route 66, rolled in Estelí, has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Jalapa Criollo binder, and filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, in addition to the San Andrés tobacco. It comes in four sizes, including a massive (8.5 x 52) cigar with both ends closed that Acme says can be split and smoked as two Rothschilds.

The Hot Rod, which I smoked for this review, is a Robusto (5 x 50, $5.90). The cigars were supplied by Acme.

It’s a pleasant cigar with excellent construction, good burn, and a fine draw. I didn’t notice the dirt flavor I often associate with San Andrés wrappers, but the cigars did have a somewhat raw finish and an occasional back-of-the-throat scratch.

Flavors included pepper, burned coffee, and a little hay, all of which were nicely blended. I’d call it a medium-strength smoke.

The name Acme has a special place in American pop culture. Cartoon fans recognize it as the source of nearly every hair-brained gadget Wile E. Coyote used to try to catch the Road Runner. Before that, though, Acme gained widespread use when phone books came out because Acme would land your firm at the top of the list. Still today, you can type “Acme” followed by just about any business you like—pharmacy, auto, sporting goods, sponges, plumbing, etc.—into Google, and you’ll find numerous examples. Earlier cigar-related Acme trademarks had apparently expired and that enabled Lundy to grab it.

As part of its push to get cigars into more hands, Acme is sponsoring a Stogie Guys contest with five-cigar sampler packs as prizes. To enter, all you have to do is follow Lundy on Instagram at @akajaylundy and post a comment here to say that you’ve done so. (You’re a StogieGuys.com reader, so we trust you; no proof necessary.) We’ll pick the winners at random in a week or so.

As for the Route 66 Hot Rod, I’d suggest you give it a try, especially if you’re looking for a modestly priced addition to a regular rotation. I give it three and a half stogies out of five.

[To read more StogieGuys.com cigar reviews, please click here.]

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Drew Estate

29 Responses to “Cigar Review: Acme Route 66 Hot Rod”

  1. David Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:07 am #

    Following @jaylundy on instagram. Love this site by the way…I always check you guys out before purchasing new cigars. Thanks!!

  2. CigarBuddha Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    Following akajaylundy on instagram. Liking the 2 in 1 concept!

    • CigarBuddha Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 12:11 am #

      And Twitter!

  3. Chris Brenner Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Following @akajaylundy…and love Stogieguys, the best!

  4. Dennis G Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Following @akajaylundy on Instagram. Love the artwork on the box…

  5. Steve Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:29 am #

    Following @akajaylundy on Instagram.

  6. Josh Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    Followed @akajaylundy meep meep

  7. Patrick Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Followed on Twitter

  8. Lance Besore Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    I followed, @vavinco. I hope that I win!

  9. Nathan Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Followed @akajaylundy I’m pumped!

  10. Mark VanSledright Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    I have followed Jay for awhile now and he is posting this cigar frequently. It would e great to give them a try.

  11. Bob Trout Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    Yummy. Route 66 looks delicious.
    Now following @akajaylundy

  12. Matt Ross Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    I follow Jay on IG!

  13. Texican8 Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    I follow Jay on Instagram… and on Twitter, and on FB.

  14. Donald Santos Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    I follow Jay hope to try them cigars

  15. Ken Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Followed akajaylundy on Instagram.

    • Bob Langmaid Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

      Already follow! And remember… it’s @akajaylundy

  16. Mr. Scotch Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Just started an Instagram account and one of my 1st follows was @akajaylundy. Would love to give these cigars a try.

  17. Miguel Rocha Friday, September 25, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Following! Thanks for the contest!

  18. Ken S Friday, September 25, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Alrighty, I followed Jay on Instagram.

  19. Mike Harden (@JackandCigar) Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    Been following him for a while now….been looking forward to the day they beome available nationally. Can’t wait to give these a try!

  20. Howard Gross Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    I’m following our BOTL Jay Lundy on Instagram!

  21. Allen Sosebee Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    Following Jay Lundy on Instagram

  22. Travis Dulaney Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    Following on Instagram

  23. Chris Dougherty Monday, September 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Done

  24. Tim M Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    Following on all social media sites. Thanks Stogie Guys.

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