I had the opportunity to meet Jeffery Amendola at Top Leaf Cigar Lounge in Winston Salem a couple of weeks ago at a Cigar Rolling/Release event. I picked up a few of their cigars to try out and decided to review this one.
If you haven’t heard of Amendola Family Cigar Co here is a little info about them.
About Amendola Family Cigar Company:
At Durham-based Amendola Family Cigar Company, we are driven by our passion to create premium cigars and pride ourselves in being loyal to meet the arduous standards it takes to create a quality product. “Passion driven, Loyalty Made.” Established in 2015, The Amendola Family is the manufacturer behind “Bull City Cigar Co.,” “The Smoking Gunn” private label and “Sam’s Quick Shop (and Bottle Shop) Private label cigar lines. Amendola Family Cigar Company sells its brands across North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania, and is expanding into Texas in July with several other markets in progress.
For more information, visit us at our lounge at 1214 University Drive in
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July 12, 2018 – Durham-based Amendola Family Cigar Company today announced it has partnered with the Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia factory in Danli, Honduras to grow its production capabilities in support of increased U.S. demand for premium, hand-rolled cigars.
Amendola will release the first production made in partnership with Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia in July of 2018. These 11 lines include sought after blends such as the Amendola Signature, Box Press Primeaux Habano, the La Famiglia Robusto Maduro and the Petite Box Press Corona San Andreas, among others. Amendola Family Cigars produced more than 30,000 cigars in 2017 and projects to increase that production rate by 30 percent in 2018. This increased production demand coupled with the importance of maintaining quality for their awarded brands drove their search for a new production partner.
According to Jeffery the factory does and extensive cleaning and fermentation process to remove ammonia. They currently have 5 pairs of rollers that produce cigars for the brand.
So let’s just into this review and see what we get.
Amendola Family Cigar Co. 5 x 52 Maduro
Wrapper: HVA Maduro Wrapper
Binder: Criollo 98
This cigar is medium brown with a reddish hue in the light. There are small and medium veins throughout with tight seams, open foot and a triple cap. The band is gold, orange and a reddish brick color with the Amendola Family logo. Nice clean design that works well against the wrapper color.
The cigar feels full but not firm or hard. There are no soft spots anywhere. From the barrel I get notes of hay, wood, roasted nuts and a subtle sweetness that I can’t pinpoint. From the foot I get mostly the same notes with a touch of pepper. Using a V-cut, I get an open draw with slight resistance. I pick up mostly earthy, hay, pepper, and wood notes.
Once I have the foot toasted the first draw catches me off-guard. There are a ton of different notes that hit me all at once. As I move into the first half inch or so things start to settle in. Notes of cedar wood, roasted nuts, there are hints of an almost pine, grass, floral combo. I cannot really call it pine or clove but it’s interesting. The draw is good. The burn is a bit wavy. Strength is medium/full.
As I transition into the 2nd third I get a charred wood, sweet cedar profile. Further in it gets a bit earthy with subtle floral notes. Everything else pretty much remains the same. Flavor wise the blend settles into a nice, easy profile that is still medium/full in strength.
I would say I could sum the profile up as earthy and woodsy at the halfway mark.
As I enter the last third the flavor profile remains consistent. Earthy, woodsy, sweet cedar, and charred wood. No real noticeable changes. Towards the end a hint of pepper makes an appearance. Performance is the same. The burn straightened out nicely. The strength has moved into the Med plus to full range.
Overall I enjoyed this smoke. The blend started out as a flavor bomb and settle into a nice enjoyable smoke that remained fairly consistent throughout. The burn was a bit wavy and I did decide to touch it up once. This is a nice med to full strength smoke with a earthy, woodsy, sweet cedar profile with hints of floral notes. Not a super complex smoke with a ton of crazy transitions but still very enjoyable.
Total smoke time was 1 hour 5 minutes. I look forward to trying the other cigars I picked up from them in the near future.
So there you have it. My first review of the Amendola Family line of cigars. I hope you enjoyed it.
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