Total Flame Cigars – Dark Line Custom
I am back this week reviewing another offering from Total Flame Cigars. Last week I was impressed with the FTW (Forever Two Wheels) and I am hoping the Dark Line leaves me with a favorable impression too.
Being a big fan of motorcycles myself, I really dig the packaging/branding by Total Flame Cigars. The Dark Line is available in five sizes with vitola names continuing the motorcycle theme: 8 Ball (4 by 52 Preferidos), Bobber (5 by 60 Super Robusto), Old School (6 by 52 Torpedo), World Trip (6 ½ by 56), and Custom (7 by 47 Churchill). This is what Total Flame Cigars’ website has to say on this vitola:
The Custom vitola, the thinnest and graceful cigar from collection Total Flame, undoubtedly is an embodiment of motorcycles Custom. Which was born to be enjoyed in a circle of friends on long pleasant evenings. The cigar is both simple in its form and complex in its taste, with bright dynamics and earnest evolution.
Samples Provided by Total Flame Cigars
Vitola: Custom (Churchill)
Size: 7 by 47
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Havano Clara
Binder: Dominican Cubano
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Brazilian, and Peruvian
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 25 Minutes
As I remove the cellophane from this Ecuadorian Havano Clara wrapped cigar notes of barnyard and sweet hay greet me. There is also this unique smell that reminds me of Play-Do. The foot of the cigar gives off a thick, rich cedar and some cinnamon.
The wrapper is toothy and a couple of medium to large veins run down the leaf. This Dark Line Custom is packed evenly and firmly through its entire seven inches. The wrapper color is golden tan in color. Upon clipping the cap, I find a beautiful cold draw where the rich cedar pops.
The flavor profile of the Total Flame Cigars Dark Line begins with deep, chewy flavors of cedar, earth, coffee, and pepper. The coffee rests on the palate for a considerable amount of time between each draw. The easy draw is delivering a mouthful of smoke. The retrohale is absolutely amazing. While the pepper pops a bit more in the sinuses than it does in the mouth, it remains balanced with the other flavors. I am already feeling a small amount of nicotine, which is probably a result of retrohaling the smoke so often. A very dark, firm ash is forming as the cigar burns evenly with its eyeliner burn.
The name Dark Line was a bit odd as I examined the wrapper color, but now that I am well into the cigar I am beginning to see the name much more fitting. The flavors are deep, the strength is full, and I am enjoying this Churchill cigar. All of the flavors are shifting up. The pepper is much more sharp but still not overwhelming. Some sweetness has joined the mix and a nutty, almond-like flavor has arrived.
The coffee and earth are now at the forefront of the profile and the pepper is full in flavor. A chocolate flavor is now noticeable on the finish of the smoke, which compliments the coffee notes nicely. The woodsy notes have shifted from the cedar early on to more of a piney flavor. Each ash has help past an inch and the burn-line remains right on at the close of the Dark Line Custom.
Total Flame Cigars is 2 for 2. I have enjoyed both lines I have smoked from the company. The FTW may suit my palate a bit more than the Dark Line but that doesn’t mean this stick did not deliver in all the areas. Like the FTW, the performance was spot on with an easy draw that produced a copious amount of smoke and a firm ash left behind by an even burn. Absolutely no babysitting this bad boy. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy. The flavors were deep and, well, dark. The earth , coffee, and pepper gained footing as the smoke progressed pushing the cedar to the background of the profile. The middle and final third kept me intrigued with the sweetness that arrived and evolved into a chocolate finish. If you enjoy deep flavors and a good amount of spice, Total Flame has a cigar for you.