Name: Foundry Chillin’ Moose (Penny Pinchin’ Stogie)
Country of origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 5.5 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Habano Rosado
Binder: Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua / Dominican Republic / Mexico / USA
Hola mi amigos!! Today is another beautiful day here in Lousiana, and once again I am spending it here with you all. What am I bringing you today on such a chill and relaxing afternoon? Well, none other than the Foundry Chillin’ Moose! The Chillin’ Moose, first of all, is a pretty cool name and secondly has a pretty awesome band of a moose smoking a cigar. Already this cigar is winning me over. The Chillin’ Moose was was created under the watchful eye of Michael Giannini at the Chillin’ Moose factory. If you are not familiar with the Foundry name, don’t be alarmed, I am sure you have seen them running around. Most people recognize them by their very different band design. I believe one is a gear wheel and another looks like the old handcuff clamps, both of which are pretty cool designs. But like I always sa,y a cool looking band has nothing to do with the way a cigar tastes or for that matter performs, so enough messing around already, let’s get into it!
I already talked about how awesome the band looks, so that should shorten this up a little bit. The Foundry Chillin’ Moose comes wrapped in a gorgeous, reddish hue Connecticut Habano wrapper. The texture is kind of leathery, not a very oily cigar, but it does have a nice oil shine to the body. The wrapper has tight visible seams, a couple of veins here and there, no visible tooth and is capped off with a clean double cap. The body of the cigar is firmly packed and does not have any soft spots that I can feel. Appearance wise, this cigar appears to be solidly made. There is a slight discoloration of the wrapper towards the foot, but that’s not going to stop me from smoking it.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma:
On the body and foot of the Chillin’ Moose, I am able to pick up on notes of earth, hay, manure, and a sweet grain. This stick literally smells like a horse stable. If you have ever been in a horse stable then you know what I mean and believe me it is not a bad smell. I personally enjoy it.
On the cut, the foundry performs flawlessly, allowing me to get a nice clean snip with no damage to the wrapper. Performing my pre-light draw, I find the draw to be easy with notes of sweet earth flowing.
On the light, no issues with the Chillin’ Moose. On my initial draw, I find notes of wood, pepper, and leather. Not a bad start.
Chillin’ my way through the 1/3rd, I have the found the Chillin’ Moose to be pretty average so far, with notes of leather, wood, and a subtle sweetness on the finish. On the retro, there is a nice red pepper that makes itself available and luckily for me it is not a tear jerker. Construction has been impeccable, with straight burn lines that expose a beautifully stacked salt and pepper ash. So far, the Chillin’ Moose has lived up to its name, allowing me to just sit back, chill and enjoy the smoke.
Coming to the end of the 2/3rd, the Chillin’ Moose is really starting to come around, with big changes to the flavor profile. In the 1/3rd, I was only getting woods and leather for the most part. But here in the 2/3rd, I have started to receive notes of fruit; melon, caramel, coffee, and a slight saltiness. The flavors are just tap dancing all around my palate, bringing in a complexity that I was not expecting. I honestly thought that the wood and leather were just going to continue on throughout the cigar. Boy, was I wrong! With all the changes going on, everything else has stayed the same. I am still getting a big cloud of tasty smoke, with straight burn lines, and a beautiful salt and pepper ash. I am really enjoying this, although, I am not chillin’ anymore I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see what is going to happen next.
Reaching the end of the last third, and whadaya know… the Chillin’ Moose has been anything but chill, in a good way! The flavors have been all over the place from leather to coffee, to caramel, back to coffee then more leather and wood and finishing up with big saltiness. Very enjoyable, as I tend to enjoy sticks that have a lot of transitions. To me, it keeps the cigar interesting, sure I enjoy a consistent stick but the feeling of anticipation of what is going to happen next really make me happy with a cigar. It is like when you know a scary part of a movie is about to come up and you feel like ahh sh**! Maybe I am weird, but whatever I like it, haha! Smoking the cigar has been great and that was the most consistent part of this stick. Burn lines were straight and toward the end became razor sharp. Great aromatic smoke output throughout and an eye-catching ash. Really enjoyed it!
Throughout my time with the Chillin’ Moose the construction was flawless, easy draw allowing for big smoke output. Straight burn lines that never needed attention, and a beautiful ash. All in all, the Chillin’ Moose is a solid smoke. At no time did I experience any tunneling or overheating. It was just a worry-free, very chill smoke!
Recently I did a review of the Punch, where in the conclusion I said that I had found, up to that time, my favorite Penny Pinchin” Stogie. Well guess what? It just got knocked off by this Chillin’ Moose. At around $2 a stick, I think that it is going to be hard to find a stick that has this many flavors wrapped into one. Hell, I have had $8- $12 sticks that didn’t satisfy me the way this one did. The Chillin’ Moose is definitely a stick that I would reach for again, as a matter of fact I am going to get a box. And you should too! Thank you to cigarharvest.com for sending me this stick to try. Make sure you all stop by Cigarharvest.com and check out all their prices, I don’t think you are going to find a lower price anywhere else!
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Thanks for stopping by and spending some of your precious time with me!
Cigar Reviews: Foundry Chillin’ Moose -Tony’s Cigar Corner