Name: Hiram & Solomon Master Mason
Country of origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 x 56
Wrapper: Dominican Maduro
Shape: Gran Toro
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 name 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 event 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 cigar. 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 dream and Dakarat idea a reality, the Hiram and Solomon Cigar was born.
These cigars were sent to me from Hiram and Solomon Cigar Company. I have had the pleasure of trying their entire line which consisted of the Entered Apprentice, The Fellow Craft, and the Master Mason. These cigar are about 12.50 a pop. That is pretty steep price tag, but before I make any kind of conclusion, let see what it can do. And without further ado, let’s get in to it!
Before I get into the cigar itself, I wanted to take some time to review the box. The Master Mason 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 that I am posting below. It is a gorgeous addition to the overall experience that is Hiram & Solomon.
The wait is finally over. Up today it is the Master Mason, coming to me with a beautiful dark chocolate Maduro wrapper. It has tight invisible seams, minimal veins, lots of tooth, and is capped off with a very clean double cap. The body is tightly packed, with no soft spots. The wrapper is evenly shaded with no blemishes. The Master Mason feels heavy in the hand and has a course feel to it due the amount of tooth spread over the body. Very good looking stick.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma:
The body of the Master Mason permeates with notes of sweet earth and cocoa. The foot has similar notes with the cocoa being more prominent. The pre-light draw is perfect as it was with all the other degrees. On the light, notes of cocoa and a subtle sweetness came through, accompanied by an aromatic smoke with a very pronounced cedar aroma.
The 1/3rd of the Master Mason was pleasurable with notes of cocoa, cedar, and subtle sweetness. The cocoa was in control at this time, being first on the pallet followed by the sweetness and cedar on the finish. There was also a thick creaminess to the cigar that was brought on by the smoke, enhancing the overall smoking experience. I really enjoyed the mixture of the creaminess from the smoke and cocoa.
Right before getting into the 2/3rd ,the Master Mason made a very big change in its profile. The cocoa that I was picking up started to get pushed behind very strong leather notes that made themselves known very quickly. It was almost from one draw to the next, the cedar notes had fallen completely off leaving only the cocoa and a subtle sweetness on the very long finish. The creaminess of the smoke was still very prominent mixing well with the leathers on the front of the palate.
Reaching the last third, the cocoa and the subtle sweetness had gone away entirely, leaving me with only the strong leather notes and creaminess of the smoke. The cocoa and sweetness, although they were missed, the leather and creaminess definitely made up for them, so nothing was truly lost with the overall smoking experience.
Just like the EA and FC, The Master Mason performed flawlessly. The smoke output was tremendous, putting out big bellows of aromatic smoke, coating the inside of your mouth with a creamy smoke that really enhanced the overall flavor profile. The burn lines in the 1/3rd were razor sharp, but did not last throughout the cigar, becoming wavy in the 2nd and last 3rd, but never required any attention. The ash was densely packed with a beautiful grayish/white toothy ash, falling just past each transition point. Heat wise, the cigar performed well, staying cool to the touch and never getting squishy in the body. Burn time was just over 90 min.
So what do I think? Well, I think the Master Mason is another win for Hiram and Solomon. The Master Mason was a joy to smoke. Construction was solid, leaving you with a worry free smoking experience, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the full flavors that come packed into it. The mixture of flavors were enjoyable, especially the leathers one of my personal favorites. I was happy to receive it from the 2/3rd on. The Hiram and Solomon line has been a pleasure to smoke. Now for the tough part. Which is my favorite? That is a tough choice as they were all great but for me it would be a toss-up between the EA and the MM. I would get a box of all three, but if I HAD to choose I would go with the Master Mason. The flavor profile was big on the leather, which really did it for me. I suggest that everyone give them a shot, even non masons. Get over to the Hiram and Solomon website:
and snag yourself a box. If you are still not sure about a box, Hiram and Solomon now offers 3 packs! So grab a sample pack, sit back, and enjoy. You won’t be disappointed!