I used to hate “leftover nights” growing up. The words I did not want to hear my mother say, when I inquired about dinner were, ” A little bit of this, a little bit of that.” It wasn’t going to be chop suey night, but rather a collection of unique foods, that might cover a large part of the food pyramid. While not as unhealthy as the purple rump roast, that grew antibiotics in my bachelor pad, I used to just groan when this expression was used. The same could be said for the “Repeater” cigar, which is sold in only a 6×50 size. You can find it at any tobacco store, and while there’s no band on it, you could say that its filler is a “little bit of this, a little bit of that.”
The worst part about this cigar is the tobacco. That’s right, the filler is from many countries, and they do not mesh well with each other. The majority of the tobacco is from Mexico, and of the worst grade possible, making normally harsh tobaccos from this country sound quite delicious. The acrid taste, green tobacco, and poor quality make it an experience best avoided. You’ll only taste harsh, what appears to be coffee that’s been sitting on a burner since the year 1994, kind of notes with it. While the smoke volume is impressive for a cheap stogie, I don’t like coughing up a lung, even just by puffing away on this. The aftertaste lingers for hours, as no drink is going to lessen these effects either.
Surprisingly, its not the worst looking cigar. The wrapper is a dark brown natural, with a lack of veins and a lot of smoothness. For this the “Repeater,” does appear to be a premium product. Unfortunately, the cover is better than the actual contents. The overall construction isn’t the worst I’ve experienced, yet its not going to win any awards. You cannot get more than an inch of ash on the end, and it fell apart on me as I smoked it. For some reason, it fell apart at the seams, leaving me to believe that glue issues are the primary reason for this deficiency. Lighting is simple enough, and I cannot say that cutting will present you with any problems.
Sure, there’s no doubt that the Repeater is going to save you money. A $1.50 stogie could be better than what this is, as I’ve had really cheap ones from the drugstore that are of higher quality. I don’t know why so many tobacco stores sell these, as even the cheap bundled types of smokes are going to be around the same cost, when purchased in bulk. If you have someone that makes you mad, or constantly steals the best cigars from your humidor, these could be a fine option for you. Otherwise avoid them, because they are among the worst that you can puff away on.