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Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft

  • July 28, 2015
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Name: Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft

Country of origin: Dominican Republic

Size: 6 x 56

Wrapper: Habano 2000

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Shape: Gran Toro

Price: $12.50

Introduction:

Records dating as far back as the mid 1800’s describe the pre-meeting tradition where cigars were distributed to the Brethren so that they could enjoy a smoke during or after a gathering.

Even today, in many lodges, the practice of smoking cigars remains very much alive. This custom is considered a time for Brethren to relax, exchange ideas, and enjoy the simplicity and fellowship that is the very essence of Brotherhood.

It was during one of these gathering that two men by the names of WB Ed Kashouty and George Dakarat, would come together to begin a quest to create a top quality cigar geared towards Freemasonry. After a series of unlikely events, Kashouty and Dakarat would become acquainted with a gentleman by the name of Harry Rockafella. Harry Rockafella was a well-rounded individual in the Cigar industry, having already created an exemplary line of cigars. He would help Kashouty and Dakarat turn their dream into a reality. After discussing their quest to make a Masonic cigar, Harry Rockafella was off to the Dominican Republic to make it a reality. Working tirelessly to make Kashouty’s dream and Dakarat’s idea a reality, the Hiram and Solomon Cigar was born.

These cigars were sent to me from Hiram and Solomon Cigar Company. I will have the pleasure of trying their entire line which consists of the Entered Apprentice, The Fellow Craft, and the Master Mason, so keep a look out! These cigars are about $12.50 a pop. That may seem like a steep price tag, but before I make any kind of conclusion, let see what it can do. Let’s get in to it!

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft

Before I get into the cigar itself, I wanted to take some time to review the box that Hiram and Solomon sent me. The Fellow Craft  box is a nicely made cedar box, I am not sure if it is Spanish cedar, but it is cedar.  On the lid, there is a raised portion where the compass and square are etched. The raised portion portrays a stone giving homage to the stone masons of the past.  Inside the box there is a prayer which I have posted below. It is a gorgeous addition to the overall experience that is Hiram & Solomon. These small details have really set this box apart from other that I have seen.

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft

Appearance/Construction:

The Fellow Craft is a very nice looking stick. Cloaked in a beautiful, toothy, slightly veiny light brown Habano 2000 wrapper, with tight but visible seams, and a clean triple cap. The wrapper itself feels almost velvety to the touch. The body is firmly packed with no soft spots. I do not see any discoloration or blemishes along the body. The band is the same band that was used on the EA. I was hoping to see the progression of Freemasonry in their bands, plus it would help distinguish between all three smokes. Especially with the Fellow craft and the Enter Apprentice as they are very close in wrapper color. Either way the Fellow craft is a beautiful stick.

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft

Flavor/Taste & Aroma:

The body and foot of the Fellow Craft Emit generous notes of earth, with a subtle barnyard aroma. The pre-light draw is perfect just like the EA, with notes of earth and spice flowing. On the light the draw was perfect, bringing in a strong cinnamon spice; strong, but enjoyable.

The 1/3rd brought out the earth and spice flavor with a nice woodiness mixed in. I noticed that when the Fellow Craft is smoked at a higher temp, the spiciness really picked up, making your mouth water. The smoke is big and creamy. It produced big billows of smoke, very thick on the palate, coating every inch of your mouth.

Pushing into the 2/3rd the flavors are really starting to pick up. Earth and spice are still present but have taken a back seat to a stronger woodiness that has forced it way to the front. Along with the flavors kicking up a notch, so had the strength, bringing on a slight feeling of light headiness, but it wasn’t overpowering, as we have well established by now that I do not enjoy a lot of strength. The creaminess of the smoke had fallen about a half inch into the 2/3rd. Smoke output was still very obliging ,leaving a nice coating of wood on your palate, adding the extra something to the long finish.

Transitioning into the last third, there had been no changes to the flavor profile. Ever so often, I would catch glimpses of the creaminess I was picking up in the 1/3rd but they never stayed for very long, it would tease my taste buds and leave. I sure was hoping that it was going to stay though. Strength wise, the Fellow craft had leveled out, it would let you know it was present, but would never pass the threshold of being overbearing. Hiram and Solomon’s goal of picking it up a notch with the Fellow Craft was definitely a success. The Fellow Craft was a solid medium body throughout, in my experience.

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft

Smoking Characteristics:

The Fellow Craft performed flawlessly. It had a gorgeous densely packed grayish ash that lasted almost to the halfway point before falling. The burn was much straighter than the EA, not requiring any touch-ups or attention. The smoke output was near perfect, although my only wish would be that the creaminess would have stayed on throughout the cigar. The body stayed cool to the touch, never over heating or giving me any type of bitter flavors.

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

The Fellow craft was a great stick, the construction was flawless. The ash was beautiful and the overall experience was great. Would I suggest picking up this the Fellow Craft? Absolutely. It is a no hassle cigar that is pleasurable to the palate. I am really looking forward to the Master Mason. If these are the changes from being passed from the Entered Apprentice to the Fellow Craft, I can’t wait to see what happens when I am raised to the Sublime degree of the Master Mason Cigar. I hope to see these same enhancements!

As always, remember to always keep it on the LEVEL!

Tony

To order some of these Cigars, head on over to their site:
http://hiramandsolomoncigars.com/index.php?p=home

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft

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