Bite Size Review: Caldwell Hit & Run
The cigar-producing world is very incestuous, and like Darwin’s theory of evolution, the fittest survivors favor diversity. Caldwell’s Hit & Run welcomes Room 101’s Matt Booth back to the cigar cosmos with an intriguing collaboration. The fact that these sticks are produced by Tabacalera William Ventura, home of many other Caldwell marcas, further brings the collaboration full circle. Already worshiped for successes like The King is Dead and Blind Man’s Bluff, Caldwell’s partnership with Matt Booth promised something special and yours truly in particular was eager to get his impatient, grubby hands on the Hit & Run.
This stick has enticing aromas of herbal tea, raisins and chocolate from the foot, shaft and on the cold draw. Combine this with a solid build and a drool-inducing caramel-colored Ecuadoran habano wrapper, you can expect this won’t stay in your humi for long. It’s also worth noting Cigar Insider rated the Hit & Run Super Toro an 89.
The initial third is glorious, luring you in with a rich, creamy mix of leather, pepper, spice, oats and a deep coffee finish. Unfortunately, that’s where the good vibes begin to wane. The ash is somewhat flaky and combustion, perfect during the first round, became more uneven requiring a touch up while the complexity veered toward one-dimensional.
The strength approached more full, and that’s fine, but it becomes harsh and unpleasant in short order. Taste becomes overtly cedary with a paper quality. I certainly expected more from a cigar nearing the $12 mark, so I hope others have a better experience. My recommendation is based on the lackluster performance compared to the price. The Hit & Run comes in 5 vitolas in boxes of 10. – In Fumo Pax!
• Profile: Med
• Vitola: Super Toro
• Length/ Ring Gauge: 6.0″ / 54
• Purchased: Local B&M
• Origin: Dominican Republic
• Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano
• Binder: Indonesian
• Filler: Dominican
• Cutter: Colibri V
• Lighter: Colibri Firebird 3-jet
• Price: $11.90
Build: Solid uniform firmness
Aromas: Green Tea, raisins; Hay; Chocolate, raisins (draw)
Flavors: Initial Cream, pepper and oats; leathery w/spicy kick; caramel & nuts on retro; coffee finish; becomes more earth and woody w/baking spice on retro
Complexity: Initially, very good
Balance: Initially, very good
Touch ups: One
Combustion: Initially, very good
Weaknesses: Loses character and becomes harsh
Recommend: 1. Go-to 2. 5-packer 3. 3rd stringer 4. Smoke a banana instead