Caldwell Cigar Co. The King Is Dead

8-2-2015 Fresh from the shop.

Caldwell Cigar Co. The King Is Dead, Diamond Girl (6.5 x 42)

Wrapper: Negrito Dominicano 2008

Binder: Dominican Corojo 2006

Filler: Habana Vuelta Abaja 2010, Dominican Corojo Ligero 2006, Negrito Dominicano Viso 2008

Blenders: Robert Caldwell, William and Henderson Ventura

The King is Dead is part of the Caldwell collection. This collection of cigars has a theme of using rare tobaccos that often are notoriously hard to blend and use in cigars. In the King is Dead the wrapper is a once popular verity of tobacco for a wrapper that lost popularity in the 1950s once the Castro took over in the Cuban revolution. Originally the tobacco was grown in Cuba then the seeds were harvested and planted in the Dominican Republic. In the early 2000s Caldwell’s growers started to plant these seeds again in an attempt to make a unique cigar tobacco.

This actually proved harder to be harder to do than expected. The blending process took seven years to complete because, according to Caldwell himself, “it wouldn’t burn and it wouldn’t blend.” After the tobacco had plenty of time to rest and age it mellowed and became more pliable. This made blending a possibility. The King is Dead should have qualities that many modern cigars do not poses, simply because it uses a tobacco that has not been used since the 1950s.

The original release of The King Is Dead had four sizes:

Broken Sword: 5 x 40
Premier: 5 x 50
The Last Payday 6 x 52 (Torpedo)
Supreme: 7 1/2 x 52

The size that is under review here, called Diamond Girl is 6.5 x 42 was officially released at the 2015 IPCPR. However, this size, along with other new vitolas for Caldwell’s other lines, were released to the “first 49” initially. These are the 49 retail locations that were the first to support the brand. They subsequently became available to all Caldwell Cigar Co. retailers shortly after the trade show

The King is Dead has a lighter brown color to the wrapper, a bit lighter than a classic chocolate color, much closer to a brown paper bag in hue. There are some visible veins but none of them seem to be very large. The cap is a classic pigtail style that is twisted tightly. The Band is a cream and gold with an image of a split throne in the center. This throne divides the words “The King” and “Is Dead” written in black.


In the hand the cigar has a bit of a fuzzy/rough texture, however this is not visible to the eye. The scent of the cigar is light and has a touch of barnyard to it. There is a bit more to it than that, almost like a root beer scent, just extremely mild. A lick on the cap is a bit sour and a bit spicy. The clip with a double guillotine is easy and reveals a cold draw that has perfect resistance and leans heavy to a licorice with a floral undertone.

light with a soft flame.

The first few puffs have a wood note to them and each puff fades quickly black pepper spice that is intense but not harsh in any way. There is a sweet undertone that is almost caramel like. This spice at the beginning does not last very far into the cigar. A half inch in it fades to a more gentile spice and the wood comes to the front some along with a white bread quality. Through the nose there is more spice and some wood that leans to a sweet side. The body is on the medium side of full. It is definitively the wood that is sweet, not the spice. The two flavors are distinct and separate yet they work together. The spice is still on the heavy side at times making it feel a bit out of balanced. The spice and strength slows the pace of smoking.

The middle third has a more nutty feel to it up front. The spice is the same as in the first third. The finish becomes a classic tobacco like earth with a hint at chocolate that lingers on after the smoke is pushed out of the mouth. The retrohale sports more of the earthy chocolate and a bit of the spice that is edging to red pepper. Many cigars do not poses a notable “room note” but this one does. It leans to dark spicy chocolate and is distinct and unique. The spice is strong but it is not harsh. This spice actually causes the mouth to water. The burn is not perfect and does require a corrective light.

The final third of this cigar rounds out with the spice taking on a softer feel and shorter presence, mainly at the beginning of each puff. The wood notes explode and still maintain a subtle sweetness. The chocolate is heavy in the sense that it feels like that flavor is where the body comes from, however as a flavor it is mostly light and in the finish. There is a creamy quality to it all.

The last few puffs are much of the same and the cigar goes out on its own with just a nub left.

Burn to the nub

time: 2 hours.

Burn: 8.5
Draw: 10
Taste: 9
Aftertaste: 10
Construction: 10
Balance: 8
Feel: 8.5

Overall: 9.1

~ by kuzi16 on August 2, 2015.

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