Today I bring a review of another new brand that came across my mailbox recently – Big Boyz Cigar Co. According to the company’s website:
“Although our new journey started in January 2019, we bring to the table for more than 5 years of experience in the cigar industry. Perfection and Innovation are the two most important facets of life that drive us. These facets have helped us put the best cigars in the hands of our customers.
If you are a cigar aficionado searching for an unforgettable smoke, or a newbie with a developing taste, then you are at the right place. As cigar experts, we have built an unrivaled, massive inventory of the finest cigars and cigar accessories to accommodate your taste for cigars.
Our cigars are very affordable, fuller than the norm, made using the finest human hands to hand roll each cigar. Wherever you are in the U.S or around the world, you can rest assure that your orders would be shipped out on the exact day you order. “
The company sent me samples of their lineup to review on Stogie Press and today I offer a review of the “Luxio”, the first of many I plan on getting to.
The company describes the blend of the Luxio as:
- Wrapper – Cubra
- Binder/Filler – Corojo, HVA, San Andres
The Luxio is expressed in three different vitolas, each packaged in 20-count boxes.
- Robusto – MSRP $11.00
- Short Toro – MSRP $12.00
- Toro – MSRP $13.00
For this review, I sampled one Luxio toro which I received from the company for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press.
The Big Boyz Luxi sports a rugged, dark brown, oily wrapper. The cigar is solid to the touch with firm packing but the packing as viewed from the foot was a a bit off centered from a bunching perspective. The wrapper has a a sight gritty tooth to it and there are some noticeable veins running through the wrapper. A decent cap finishes the presentation.
A single simple band adorns the cigar, using a blue and silver motif and simply identifies it as the “Luxio” and denoting that it is “Hand Made” in the “Dom Rep”.
Running the Luxio along the nose I picked up a pleasant floral aroma while the foot presented butter and spice.
I sliced the cap straight across the shoulder to open it up and gave it some cold draw puffs that I found to be fine with restriction and offered notes of pepper and earthiness.
Using my double flame torch, I warmed the foot to an even orange glow and drew in the first puffs of growing pepperiness. Follow along as I burn the Luxio to ash.
Cigar Review Notes
- Initial draw offers a growing pepper note
- Saltiness adds to the mix
- Light to medium grey ash forms on a thick wavy char line
- Strength begins to grow
- Nutty aroma wafts off the foot
- A touch of sourness hits the tongue
- Naturally sweet tobacco nuances enter but not enough to tone down the sour note
- There is some decent oiling above the burn line
- Nice solid ash fell with a well defined burn cone
- Dark cocoa and espresso coffee transitions into the profile
- Sour notes increase with a growing dryness
- Cedar notes enter midway
- Spice enters and grows and wrapped with natural sweetness
- Continued notes of dark cocoa
- Strength medium to full
- Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 30 minutes
The Big Boyz Cigar Co. Luxio was one of those cigars that had a number flavor transitions but I found it was not well balanced. The flavors come and went with perhaps a lingering natural sweetness but the sour and dryness notes that entered here and there, stole from the overall pleasure. I did feel the second half was better than the first half but I had to get through the mish-mash of the first half to get there. Burn wise, it was pretty good with just a mild wave to the line. I rate this an 88.
Point Deductions: (-1) Sour Notes; (-1) Dryness; (-2) Un-balanced first half; (-1) Wavy Char Line; (-1) May try one again