Micky Pegg was first introduced to cigars in the Spring of 1989 while playing college not and interning on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Back in the day, if the Senator you worked for liked you and you did a good job he would send you down to the local tobacconist for cigar. When you returned you got to light up with the leadership staff. It was at that point, Micky was hooked. He would begin working for the tobacconist where he would spend all his money on cigars. So much so that his first paycheck was for $4.52.
After a sting with Davidoff handling the Mid-Atlantic sales he would venture over to CAO where he would become the national sales manager for CAO. Eventually the company sold to General Cigar and Micky exited the cigar industry where he would work selling mutual funds and retirement plans. He missed the cigar industry and when two friends Martin Corboy, a successful restaurateur, and Air Force Academy graduate and veteran Frank Layo tried to convince him to return to the cigar industry.
Eventually he listened after his wife Kimmie, Crowned Heads founder and former CAO marketing guru Jon Huber and countless others convinced him to follow his dreams.
His first release was a limited edition cigar called Solamente and now he is back with his sophomore release, Dedicacion which is dedicated to all the people he is thankful for in his life.
Cigar Review: All Saints Cigars Dedicacion
Wrapper: San Andres
Ring Gauge: 50
Size: Berkey (Robusto)
The Look: Packaged in 20 count boxes of two rows of 10, the Dedicacion Berkey is a box-pressed cigar featuring a fairly dark San Andres wrapper that is flawless in appearance. In the hand the cigar is firm with no voids of tobacco and a well packed foot. The primary band features the All Saints Cigars shield logo with a secondary band denoting the line name, Dedicacion.
The Notes: The cold draw offers up a myriad of tasting notes including licorice, cedar and hay with the first two carrying over to the nose off the foot. Once the cigar is cut and toasted the initial draw serves up an abundance of cedar. According to the box these cigars were rolled over a year ago meaning it took in the cedar notes from the aging room at the Tavicusa factory in Nicaragua.
As we smoke our way into the first third the cedar remains dominant along with bread that was in a toaster with a setting of 6-7 which is how I prefer mine. Additionally there are hints of cream, and toffee that grows in intensity with the help of the retrohale.
The second third sees toffee becoming the dominant taste with continued cedar and cream. Around the half way point the cream fades away as a leather finish begins to develop with a touch of strong espresso. The retrohale sees the addition of some black pepper and a subtle sweetness.
As we conclude the Dedicacion from All Saints Cigars notes of leather and espresso are the focal point with a touch of cashews on the fairly long finish. The retrohale sees the black pepper intensified with each puff.
The Finish: The Dedicacion is a great cigar. It offers a lot of great tasting notes with an effortless draw. Since I got a box of these I have smoked almost the entire box in a weeks time. There is no sophomore jinx with All Saints Cigars second effort which comes from the TAVICUSA factory in Nicaragua. I sense a bright future for the company headed up by Micky Pegg.
Price: $9.49 / $185.99