During a short trip to Indonesia, I took the opportunity to pick up some local cigars. Indonesia’s tobacco leaves are pretty renown in the industry. Cloves cigarettes are smoked by the majority in Indonesia, commonly known as Kretek, where the secrets of the blends are well guarded by the manufacturers. The filters are covered with sweet flavors, giving a superb taste when mixes with the smoke.
Sultan means King in their local language. “This brand of cigar was created in 1990 for diplomatic use in the Sultan’s Palace. The blend comes from forbidden walls of the Java Kingdom, produced by the oldest factory in Java, established in 1918,” as described on their website.
Length: 5.4″ Ring size: 52
The Sultan “Ron Stacy” Signature, in Edmundo size, was beautifully constructed in chocolate wrapper. The smell of the cigar reminded me of food. For the first third of the cigar, it tasted of earth and wood, but muted. As I continue smoking to midway, the taste did not change and remained flat. I was disappointed and could barely cross the midway point before putting down the cigar unfinished.
I still have Sultan Churchill and Robusto in my humidor. Can’t seem to find an occasion to try them. Someday I will, and I hope it will surprise me.