Bite Size Review: 7-20-4 Original
Resurrecting old, forgotten cigar brands seems to be a cottage industry these days. Its certainly nothing new. Industry icons like Pepin Garcia and E.P Carrillo have certainly padded their reputations by breathing life back into defunct marcas. Following in these lofty shadows is Kurt Kendall, cigar retailer and New Hampshire native. Kurt is also a sucker for history which led him to discover a defunct Manchester, NH cigar factory that began life in 1874. The factory made the original 7-20-4 smokes until 1963. In 2006, Kurt revived the brand with several lines of cigars beginning with the 7-20-4 series. He didn’t tiptoe in, he came out swinging, using a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper cloaking a 4-country blend of fillers.
The Club Perfecto vitola is executed very well and aside from a wonky-looking foot, the seamless, chocolate-hued perfecto is “gawk-worthy.” The draw is firm, but the initial profile is stellar, highlighted by a smoky, savory vibe well-balanced by nuances of caramel, nougat, peanuts and Maplewood. The first transition offers more body with less complexity, and that’s ok, but the final transition devolves quickly into an overtly mineral blandness. Combustion and burn are excellent for the most part as is overall complexity and balance. The draw could be better and if they could have extended enjoyment through to the end, this l’il darlin’ would have been boxworthy. Still, this 7-20-4 perfecto delights all the senses enough to keep a handful around. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: The 7-20-4 name originates from the physical address of the original RG Sullivan cigar factory in Manchester, New Hampshire, which still stands today.
- Profile: Med – Full
- Vitola: Club Perfecto
- Length / Ring Gauge: 4 7/8″ x 50
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Honduras
- Wrapper: Brazilian Mata FIna Maduro
- Binder: Costa Rican
- Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Colombian, Mexican
- Cutter: Xikar xi1
- Lighter: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $9.09
- Humidor Age: 7.5 mo.
- Box: 20
- Other Vitolas: 7-20-4 [5.625″ x 46], Robusto [5″x50], Dogwalker [4.25″x40], Churchill [7″x50], Gagger [6″x60], Gran Toro [6.5″x56], Lancero [7.5×38], Londres [5″x42]
Smoke Time: 1:02
Construction: Nice dbl perfecto treatment; chocolate bar wrapper; lumpy, semi-veiny; no tooth; seamless; uniformly firm; ugly foot; holds strong 1″, near-white ash.
- Wrapper – Barnyard, citrus
- Foot – Cocoa powder, caramel
- Cold Draw – Raisins
- Initial: Very savory with spice in the nose; smoky flavor with nougat and caramel intonations; charred maplewood on finish; abundance of chocolate notes late with more peanut notes on finish; becomes more woody with uptick in spice on palate; Finish features more herbal essence and baked bread late.
- Transition: Woody profile punctuated by a cedar tang and nutty; reduced spice; long, earthy finish with hints of espresso;
- Transition: Dominant cedar profile; chocolate notes return; earthy; finish and body become more mineral.
Complexity: Very good
Balance: Very good
Touch ups: N/A
Weaknesses: Firm draw; last transition is one dimensional and devolves into a heavy mineral taste.
Recommendation: 2. 5-packer
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- Yard ‘gar
- Smoke a banana instead