Headlines 2nd Edition Page 2
After a crazy busy week with family, I am back with a review of the Headlines 2nd Edition Page 2 Torpedo. About a month and a half ago, I reviewed the Headlines 1st Edition Page 3. Instead of reinventing the wheel, and partially due to laziness, I decided to pull the background on the brand from that review:
Headlines cigars are the brainchild of Dee Aguasvivas and Ulises Delgado, owners of Fusion Cigar Lounge, an upscale lounge and bar in Clearwater, Florida. In August 2014, Fusion Cigar Lounge entered into a distribution agreement with Antillian Cigar Corp., the parent company of Sosa Cigars, for the Headlines brand.
Headlines cigars are produced in Tamboril, Domincan Republic at Tabacalera Real, S.A., located approximately 40 miles from Santiago. Headlines cigars are currently available in two blends, First Edition and Second Edition. Both blends are Dominican puros and are made in the same three vitolas: Page 1 (5 1/2 by 60), Page 2 (6 by 54 Torpedo), and Page 3 (6 by 50). The cigars range in price from $7.50 to $8.50.
William Cooper of Cigar Coop reported on the rebranding of the Headlines brand back in January:
Headlines Cigars will be doing an overall to its existing offerings. The brand has reblended and rebranded its current cigars. The new offerings include two Dominican made cigar lines Headlines First Edition and Headlines Second Edition. Both cigars are being done in collaboration with Arby Sosa.
According to Arby Sosa, “I’ve never been a part of creating an all-Domincan Puro, so this was an exciting project for me. It took over 6 months to perfect both blends, but we are all impressed with the final result. I believe in this cigar and hope all cigar fans will venture out and try this one, and I know they will be happy.
Samples Provided by Antillian Cigar Corp.
Vitola: Page 2 – Torpedo
Size: 6 by 54
Wrapper: Domincan Habano Oscuro
Filler: Dominican Andullo
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 20 Minutes
The Headlines 2nd Edition Maduro is draped in a dark brown Habano Oscuro leaf, with a dark red hue, and a mottled appearance. Small to medium sized veins crisscross down the firmly packed cigar from head to foot. This cigar is rock solid and feels hefty in the hand. Sweet notes of chocolate and honey greet me as I bring my nose to the wrapper of the cigar and there is also an underlying barnyard, but not at all off-putting.
The aroma off the foot of the 2nd Edition is full with more of the honey-like sweetness, a nuttiness, barnyard, earth and cedar, followed by a spice tingle in the sinuses. A beautiful, pointy tapered head caps off the cigar. After some trouble clipping through the fully filled cigar, I am pleased to find a decent draw. Big notes of potpourri-like spice instantly meets my palate on the dry draw, followed by chocolate and rich cedar.
The 2nd Edition Page 2 opens with some harshness and sour notes that fade rather quickly and are replaced with deep notes of earth, wood, and char, with a complete void of any type of sweetness. After about fifteen minutes of smoking, the char notes begin to diminish. A firm, layered, dark gray ash is produced as the 2nd Edition burns with a slight wave.
As the woodsy notes transition to more pencil shaving-like, a black pepper spice is in full force in term of flavors, while the heat is medium, and the earthy notes are still hanging around. A newly found cinnamon spice has made an introduction but is way in the background. Still, there is no perceivable sweetness. While the draw has been good from the start, the smoke production has continued to increase. At this point, a satisfying amount of smoke is being produced.
Burning along, I find the final third of the 2nd Edition to be rich and savory, but rather consistent with the flavors from early on. The flavors remain full and dark, and the char flavor that exited in the first third has shown back up. The cigar, while not perfect, is burning decently and I do not foresee any additional touch-ups in the handful of minutes remaining.
Headlines 2nd Edition brings to the table a consistent profile that is dark, meaty, earthy, and woodsy. Several times throughout the smoke, an undesirable char flavor arrived distracting me from the more enjoyable flavors. However, the biggest issue I found in the flavor department was the complete lack of any type of sweetness, which really surprised me considering the honey and chocolate I picked up on during the pre-light on both the aroma and the dry draw. The absence of sweetness made the profile off-balanced and much to be desired. Regarding the performance, the cigar burned decently with only a single touch-up required, the ash held firm, and an acceptable amount smoke was produced from the beginning, sometimes requiring a few puffs to get a mouth full, but by the middle third, the cigar was pumping out thick clouds of smoke. If I had $8 in my hand, I would hold off on the Headlines 2nd Edition and reach for the 1st Edition that delivered the sweetness I could not find in this stick.