7-20-4 is a brand that dates back to 1874 when it got it’s start at the RG Sullivan Cigar Factory. In 1963 the factory shut down when the Cuban Embargo created a supply issue for the company. Today, the factory still stands in Manchester, NH with the words cigar factory across the top of it, but it now houses businesses unrelated to the industry.
In 2006, the brand would be resurrected by Kurt Kendall and in 2018 the 7-20-4 WK Series was unveiled for national distribution at the IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas. The name WK is a tribute to Kurt’s son, William who passed away in 2011.
Cigar Review: 7-20-4 WK Series
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Not Disclosed
Filler: Not Disclosed
Ring Gauge: 50
The Look: Packaged in a 20 count box, the art work that adorns the box has a classic and clean feel to it. The wood used is lighter in color which makes the box pop on the shelf. Inside the box the cigar features an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper that is darker than one would expect, but this seems to be the case lately with Ecuador wrappers. The band is slightly updated with gold foil, and the cigar is firm in the hand with no soft spots.
The Notes: One the cap is clipped the cigar serves hints of saltines, butter cookies and a touch of cedar, while the aroma off the foot has some more butter cookies and a subtle apricot sweetness. After we toast the foot of the cigar the first note has a hint of citrus after the first puff.
Moving into the first third of the WK Series the citrus notes slide into the background as the cigar becomes buttery and smooth. There is also some subtle cedar present as the first third comes to a close and some nutiness develops that has a cashew like flair to it. The retrohale is smooth and adds more of a buttery richness to the mix.
In the second third nuts take hold as the dominant flavor profile. The cedar that began to develop on the first third becomes even more noticeable and the cigar has a rich creamy finish. On the retrohale hints of sunflower seeds join the party especially on the aroma of this tasty Connecticut shade cigar.
The last third sees the sunflower notes begin to emerge on the palate and they become dominant as the cigar remains buttery smooth with touches of cashews and cedar. It’s as smooth as butter right down to the last puff.
The Finish: The 7-20-4 WK Series is not only a great tribute to Kurt’s son, it’s a great cigar as well. It’s very complex for a Connecticut cigar that kept me interested from the first light until it was time to put the cigar down. It’s rich and smooth and extremely well-balanced. It’s definitely a Connecticut I’ll visit again.
Price: $9.19 / $161.99