BG Meyer – Standard Issue Robusto Cigar Review
Tomorrow; The Cigar Authority will name its 2015 Cigar of the Year in conjunction with Two Guys Smoke Shop who has been naming the Cigar of the Year since 1992. Last year, they named BG Meyer Standard Issue the COTY and today we take a look at that cigar one last time before its reign comes to an end.
The BG Meyer Standard Issue comes from the newest member of the Board of the Bold; Rob Weiss who is best known for his work on Entourage.
According to the Camacho website, “The collaboration between Camacho and Hollywood Writer/Director/Producer Rob Weiss has led to a cigar that is built on the shoulders of fearless passion. Inspired by a man who measures life not by accomplishments, but by the experience.“
Cigar Review: BG Meyer
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Filler: Corojo ’99, Nicaragua (Esteli and Ometepe)
Distributed By: Davidoff USA
The Look: The cigar has a sheath over the body of it with writing that denotes, “The breadth of a man’s spirit rests in his passion for adventure A life of merit is not measured by accomplishments, but rather the road traveled to get there. Forging your own path. Embracing the unknown in the search of, meaning excitement, fulfillment. Those searching for an epiphany & the freedom found along the way. The BG Meyer Company celebrates this journey, your journey“. Underneath these words is a beautiful looking dark Habano wrapper and a dual band system utilizing the colors black, gold and white. The foot of the cigar reveals some nice swirls of ligero and in the hand the cigar has an average weight to it.
The Taste: The cold draw of the cigar is sweet with a note that reminds me of the old candy Red Hot’s while the foot of the cigar is earthy. I take a while enjoying the Red Hot taste before putting a flame to light up. Once the cigar is properly toasted the initial notes are cedar and leather on the first few pulls of the Standard Issue by BG Meyer.
The first third of the cigar continues to serve up notes of wood that begin to become more like hickory and the earthiness of the smoke remains a key focal point. The cigar is medium plus here, but through the nose it isn’t over-powering and it adds a nice complexity to the mix with and additional cocoa note.
The second third of the cigar continues down the same path, however the earth begins to fade and the focal point in hickory and cedar playing off each other. The after taste has a nice charred barbecue note and through the nose there is some sweet spices that really make this an interesting smoke.
The final third of the cigar mellows out some, and through the nose I pick up this awesome vanilla bean note that works really well with the smoke. There is a growing pepper note that dominates the cigar on the palate, but there is also some coffee notes of the strong variety. The finish is a little longer then I would like, but not to long that it leaves you tasting the cigar for hours.
The Burn: The draw of the cigar served up some resistance that bordered on being too much for my personal taste but it was in the realm of acceptably. The carbon line on the burn was thin and crisp which is not only visually stunning but shows the tobacco is aged and properly fermented. The ash of the cigar is light in color. Despite the thin burn line of the cigar, the thick wrapper of the smoke has a tendency to burn uneven, so lighting this cigar up correctly is important.
The Finish: This is one cigar you need to go through the nose with to really enjoy. If you don’t retrohale you may miss out on all it has to offer. Enjoyable from start to finish; the BG Meyer was a worthy winner of the 2014 Cigar of the Year.