Bite Size Review: One 13 Chronicles 2015
This stick was quite a find at a local B&M. After filling my tray with a dozen or so smokes, I noticed a box seemingly forgotten and tucked far under one of the tables containing a hand full of Churchill-sized, graham cracker-colored torpedoes. The white label featured a runeish looking red steer. A new brand to me, I learned that One-13 was launched right in my own backyard of San Antonio, Texas by 2 friends, Steven Dru and Joe Torres.
Of course, I had to grab one even though all the remaining sticks looked tired and dry. I don’t know much about this brand, but one thing is clear – sadly, One-13 has shuddered its operation. I did find Joe Torres on Instagram so maybe an interview, or even a rebirth, is in the cards at some point. I understand Joe is a master blender and this certainly isn’t his first rodeo.
The cigar is surprisingly light in the hand given its size and girth. Even after a couple of months in the humi, the cigar still appeared to be on the dry side showing a few small cracks in its glorious Rosado wrapper. The aromas were promising if not a bit muted. She still simmered with hay, green tea, dark cherry and baked bread. The build was not altogether reassuring as it was spongy in places.
Surprisingly, the initial light and third is pretty darn good. Again, flavors were muted but there was still some good complexity with nuts, nougat and coffee. An earthy finish followed a sweet inhale and toasty retrohale. Combustion was fair in the first round requiring only one touch up but then all hell broke loose requiring a bevy of fire-ups to keep the ship righted.
The smoothness I enjoyed disappeared somewhat in the penultimate third. Complexity also slipped away but the palette offered a cedar tang along with dark cherries. At this point, this dog just ain’t gonna hunt and the experience just slipped away. No telling how long this cigar had been sitting in the B&M and clearly it wasn’t in the best shape when I picked it up. I don’t regret giving this thing a shot for one second as I can definitely see the promise it holds. Just would have been nice to get one in better shape. I hope they can breathe new life into what seems to be a viable offering. I’ll be waiting.- In Fumo Pax!
- Profile: Med-full
- Vitola: Torpedo [Box pressed]
- Length/ Ring Gauge: 7.0″ / 56
- Purchased: Local B&M
- Origin: Nicaragua (?)
- Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano Rosado
- Binder: Sumatra
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Cutter: Colibri V-cut
- Lighter: Colibri Firebird 3-jet
- Price: $10
Build: Fair uniform firmness, some sponginess in places
Aromas: Hay, dark cherry, baked bread, herbal tea; Tea and grass (draw)
Flavors: Initial nuts, nougat, leather and coffee with earthy finish; toasty retro and sweet inhale; cream and pepper w/light spice; Becomes woody/lots of cedar with black cherry notes
Complexity: Initially, very good but muted
Balance: Initially, very good
Touch ups: Many
Weaknesses: Was very dry
Recommend: No longer available, but if you find one, grab it!