Each week we review a cigar featured on The Cigar Authority and this week it’s the Villiger Kiel. In June when we were figuring out the care package Dave broke into a box of Kiel and said smoke this. I was hesitant, and thought he was out of his mind when he suggested including it in the care package. I decided what the hell, and was actually quite surprised. I actually expected some people to complain about such a cigar being included but many of you emailed me and were excited to try something different.
Cigar Review: Villiger Kiel
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Filler: Not Disclosed
The Look: In 1907, when Louise Villiger invented the Villiger Kiel, she used a goose-quill for the tip. Today, this cigar has upgraded to a plastic tip. It features an evenly colored Brazil wrapper however, there is no binder on this machine-made cigar. They come in boxes of 10 cigarillos.
The Notes: I’m not going to review this like a premium hand-made cigar because it isn’t. The cold draw of the cigar reveals some sweetness but the primary taste is from the plastic tip much like you would get from a straw. Once the cigar is lit there is some German chocolate and coffee notes. The cigar is pretty much the same throughout, but its an enjoyable relaxing smoke with some subtle pepper on the finish.
The Finish: Obviously the Villiger Kiel Brasil isn’t going to win any awards. It’s something different to smoke, and while I wouldn’t buy one of these I wouldn’t turn down one if given the chance to smoke another. It’s definitely not the worst cigar I ever smoked.
Price: $59.99 (Sleeve of 100 Cigars)