Blackbird Cigar Co. Minnesota Fats Aged 5+ Years (Not Barrel Aged)

(4 customer reviews)


Wrapper: Cubra Brazil
Binder: Indonesia
Fillers: Pennsylvania Ligero, Corojo Viso, Cuban Criollo 98 Viso & Cuban Criollo 98 Seco
4.5×58 Box Press

I cannot believe it has been 2 years since we made this cigar. For those of you who have been with us long enough to remember the Fast Eddie, this may just mark the end of the road for our series of cigars based on the movie “The Color Of Money.” We started with Fast Eddie, moved on to The Vince, and finally we have come upon Minnesota Fats. If you watch “The Color Of Money,” you will not find this character, however. Minnesota was in the original movie called “The Hustler.” He was played by Jackie Gleason. A big man by all accounts. Hence the cigar’s ring gauge. Each blend of the cigar has been damn near the same thing, except the ring gauge or length has changed. It has been a fantastic example of just how different a cigar can become by changing its length or width. Another reason I am a big fan of one size only cigar lines. This cigar was blended at Blackbird by a mature gentleman they lovingly nicknamed Caballo (or “horse” in English.) Caballo was the fastest roller Davidoff ever had. He holds the record of 500 cigars in one 8-hour shift. More on that later. Caballo is one of the people that has been behind the scenes for a long time. Until now. Shining light on the people who actually make the products is what makes this the CRAFT cigar movement. Say goodbye to that boutique word. Onward and upward. So, here it is. The finale. Bittersweet. Let Blackbird and me know what you think of this cigar on Instagram or Facebook or both.


Tasting Notes: A sour cheese note off the body with musty earth and manure. Chocolate chip cookies off the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up Fig Newtons, dried apricot, and a granola bar sort of flavor. Right away on the first few puffs, I get leather, chocolate iced shortbread cookies, sweet oatmeal, light brown sugar, oak, and a slightly gritty black pepper. Roasted nuts. Retrohale is black pepper, cedar, cashew, and sage. A little further in and I get what reminds me of glazed shortbread cookies again, along with more leather, a red rich tobacco, and cooling smoke. The smoke is medium-full with a fluffy feel to it. The middle third starts to shift to a more herbal character, with an increase of sage, rosemary, and an intriguing hint of dried basil. Also getting salted mixed nuts and roasted nuts again, graham cracker, and some minerality. Retrohale takes on a Big Red cinnamon gum, more sage, and a cool menthol that actually feels cool in the nose. NICE! The last third is dark, savory, and woody, with hickory, charred oak and cedar, more sage, black licorice, and more pepper. What a gamut of flavors to keep up with!

Pairing Notes: Cappuccino, flan, roasted nuts, bourbon, whiskey, rye, Teakeepers apricot and peach tea iced, root beer barrel 30 minutes prior, cream soda, rum and coke, pork, brie cheese, a vanilla sundae with fudge and peanuts, red Twizzlers.

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4 reviews for Blackbird Cigar Co. Minnesota Fats Aged 5+ Years (Not Barrel Aged)

  1. Gene Atley (verified owner)

    Friggin delicious! This cigar was so good I smoked it down as far as I could without burning my lips. This has been my favorite stick of the year.

  2. William Payment (verified owner)

    The cigars flavour is tasty it is a bit too big of a ring gauge but still quite enjoyable

  3. Adam Wintrich (verified owner)

    Wow great stick. Great draw, velvety smoke. Earthy chocolate notes. Can’t wait for the barrel aged to drop.

  4. Max Martinez (verified owner)

    I kept nodding my head yes and saying damn almost every puff! Great Cigar!!!

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