With all the economic problems hanging over our heads, more and more people are looking for a cheaper smoke. I think that most people shy away from bundle cigars simply because many of them use poor quality tobacco. Most of the time the flavors simply can’t compete with premium cigars. Lately I’ve been dabbling  in the cheap cigar market, and have found quite a few that are enjoyable.

Talk on the street is that the Forcade will be reblended by Pepin and reintroduced next year. With Pepin’s name attached, I suspect the price will change accordingly. Is the Forcade good enough to stock up on? I grabbed the usual glass of water and found out…


Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro

Binder: Cuban-seed

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Double Corona 7 X 48

Price: Around $50.00 for a bundle of 25


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark wrapper had a few flaws and bumps, but overall looked nice. Sniffing it reminded me of rich soil. The foot had a similar odor with a touch of sweetness and slight pepper. I squeezed the length of the cigar and found it to be very tight feeling. Some Forcades tend to draw on the tight side, but this particular smoke had an easy draw. The pre-light draw had a simple earthy natural tobacco taste.

The burn required only one correction in the first third. The ash held firm for over an inch.



The first third kicked things off with simple earthy notes. The smooth sweet peppery spice had a decent kick, but wasn’t even close to being over the top. As this third came to a close, I started to pick up coffee flavors.


Coffee dominated the second third. The spicy pepper mellowed out considerably and became much more subtle. All the while it kept a punch that was pleasant and easy. Earthiness underlined the rest of the flavor profile. It was subtle and consistent.


That classic “Zing” you often hear about picked up in this third, and it remained very smooth. Again, coffee dominated the flavor profile, but an addition of wood mingled along side it. The smoke developed a mellow cooling effect. Every now and then I could swear there were fruity notes.



This was a very good medium to full bodied cigar. The flavors and strength easily kept me interested in this slow burner. If I didn’t know any better, I would say this was a $5 to $6.00 cigar. I really can’t say anything bad. For around $2.00 a stick, you can’t go wrong. You may want to get these while you can!

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