Nestled between Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain is Burns Tobacconist, a full-service, multi-location tobacconist servicing Chattanooga and Southeast TN.
I’ve had the pleasure of patronizing Burns a few times over the years, but on this occasion Mike Hunter, Owner was visiting Nashville and visiting several on his industry friends. Talking over some cigars, Mike hipped me to the fact that very soon they would be carrying an exclusive vitola (size) of the Caldwell Cigar Company’s Blind Man’s Bluff. Ironically, just a few days before we spoke I had tried a BMB Toro (6 x 52) for the first time, so this chance meeting was timely and destined I thought. I was informed that the shop exclusive size would be a Corona, which happens to be one of my favorite vitolas, so my antennae were raised.
A few weeks later I received a small package in the mail and I immediately grabbed my notebook, lighter and cutter and gave these Burns exclusives a try.
The Blind Man’s Bluff Burns Shop Exclusive
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Honduran Criollo
Filler: Dominican, Honduran
Vitola: 5 3/4″ x 46 Corona Gorda
My initial impressions were good ones as I loved the feel, the caramel color of the cigar and the artwork on the old gold band. After my cut I gave it a good dry draw and there was little resistance as I was met with natural tobacco notes and a small amount of creamy cocoa.
Once lit, the corona was very smoky and the fullness was very prominent. It reminded me, strength-wise, of some of the Honduran puros I had when I visited Danli. On the 1st third, I picked up loads of red pepper, natural tobacco and fresh hay notes.
Transitioning into the 2nd third, some oak, floral and espresso notes came to the forefront. Halfway through the cigar, the burn remain sharp, no touch ups were necessary and strong ash held on until I made it a point to tap it off.
As I smoked the BMB to the end, the strength of the cigar gives me a little relief and the peppery retrohales subsided. I detect a citrus-like twang toward the end but nothing too bitter or distracting. Remaining cool through the end, the smaller ring gauge of the BMB served me well and gave off some good, complex flavors and just enough kick throughout to remind me to take my time to savor the experience.
If you enjoy the Blind Man’s Bluff from Caldwell Cigar Company and want to experience this special edition vitola it is worth it for you to give Burn’s a call or check out their website for ordering details as they are the only shop that will carry the BMB Corona.
The Blind Man’s Bluff cigars for this post were provided by Burns Tobacconist in Chattanooga, TN.