Nicaragua by Back2Back

This Back 2 Back needs to go back to the drawing board.

Cory Allen
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The Breakdown
Vitola (Size)
Robusto (5 x 50)
Price (USD)

A reemergence of the original Room 101 Big Payback, the Back2Back is now solely under the Davidoff brand with no connection to the original Matt Booth creation, other than the blend itself. A blend mind you that carried a great reputation. 

I was hoping for the fact that this is a brand of Davidoff that every measure would be taken to insure construction perfection, and I was joyed when I got just that. Minus one minor cap issue, this cigar was about as good as they come in terms of production quality.

Despite it’s fantastic aesthetic, this cigar burned more crooked than a cockeyed raven. I guess I could be satisfied in the fact that It would correct itself and eventually begin burning uneven on the other side minutes later, and in that a back 2 back game of wonkiness we played. 

The flavor is where I really had high hopes based on the feedback from the original Big Payback. Unfortunately if this blend is anywhere close to the original, I would consider it an utter failure. It starts off with a pretty heavy flurry of spice that isn't very long lasting and unfortunately transitions even worse… A forgettable flavor that simply lacks complexity and imagination. Throughout the entire cigar I was hoping to uncover something that created more interest, subtle spice, earthiness, bitter, sweet, something! What I was left with would be the equivalent of chewing an already chewed piece of gum. There is a flavor but seems to be a ghost of itself. It's hard to even define the characteristics as it’s so faint in terms of palatability. This cigar is quite simply lacking .



The good news is you will only be out of pocket $6.50. Personally I would be willing to fork over a few more bills for something better, but in the case where you are smoking with distractions, this may actually not be a terrible option because of price and smoke time alone. Smoke it at a cookout or on the golf course where you really don’t need to put a lot of thought into the cigar itself.

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Cory Allen
Host of The Hot Ticket Podcast. Cory isn’t your prototypical cigar smoker. He’s a testament to today’s modern smoker. Having smoked his first cigar at the age 18, he immediately gained an affinity for this seemingly exclusive pastime, and specifically one that is not popular amongst those categorized as "Millennials" Today, Cory continues to indulge in some of the most highly rated and regarded cigars in the industry and is always seeking to get his grubby little hands on the next great smoke.