Bite Size Review: Boss Classic


With a name like ‘Boss”, you better be prepared to either get your ass whipped or envision yourself in a Rolls limo, sipping a snifter of Hennessey picking out your next Rolex. The Boss line was developed with the aid of master blender, Henke Kelner, of Davidoff fame. Kelner fired up his own brand of Bugatti Cigars using his family’s Dominican tobaccos, from which this little beauty originates. Very much a small boutique brand, this little lady showed up in an assorted 5-pack sent from my beloved (sarcasm) cigar-of-the-month club (COM). It languished in my humidor for a while simply because I was so starstruck by so many other brands I was following I developed the attention span of a gnat. But one day after work and after weeks worth of Cuban-rooted and award-winning smokes, I finally plucked this forgotten little lady out and took her for a ride. Besides the name, the bold black, silver and red label also suggests power, but this robusto offers a medium smoke. She has a tasty looking, somewhat veiny Brazilian wrapper enveloping long fillers from the Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua, a veritable World Cup of tobaccos. Build is excellent and the foot is nice and compact. She feels heavier than she looks, but well-balanced. The cold draw is solid with just a punch, but you might consider using a cutter to get the most flavor from such a nice group of long fillers.


  • Profile: Medium
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length / Ring Gauge: 5.0″ / 52
  • Purchased: Cigar of the Month
  • Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Brazil
  • Binder: Dominican
  • Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
  • Cutter: Xikar punch
  • Lighter: Colibri Firebird 4-jet
  • Price Range: $7-$9




The initial light and inhale is not terribly complex but you immediately sense a creaminess dominated by a profile of nuts, coffee and wood. She is fairly consistent throughout but in the second third, there are hints of plums or dark fruit. She gets a little chalky and metallic in the last third. She burns even without any touch ups and you can get a 1″ ash without trying. Composition is excellent, but overall body and character are lacking – initially tasty, but it becomes a bit one-dimensional. Not a go-to stick, but if you need some company when all the stores are closed, the “Boss” will do just fine. I’d keep a couple in my humidor. – In Fumo Pax!


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