Cue the Kanye West song “I’m talking bout the good life…”. Welcome. This is the good life for certain. A few months back I got a call from J.C. Newman in Tampa, FL. I was very excited. After all, they make classics like Diamond Crown and Julius Caesar. They wanted to congratulate the club on all of the success we are having and pick our brains about how to create community within the cigar world and social media. I explained that the success of our club has more to do with our members more than some magical thing I created. I then told them that to share the love and community we have all created by allowing us the honor of having an event at their soon-to-open cigar museum in Tampa and possibly making a cigar for the club(I’m always looking out for us!) They are a big company and while they do not move as quickly as some of the boutiques, their materials and production quality are top tier. This is also a company that is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting the FDA on the infamous regulations we all dread. Support them!
After a few revisions to the blends, we arrived at The Good Life. Hand-rolled, using the finest and thickest Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers, this cigar epitomizes the good life. I truly believe this to be the benchmark of today’s desert-style cigars. This is a cigar I will reserve for celebrating life as often as possible. Possibly the most decadent cigar you will ever smoke. Sometimes I just want to eat it. Like chocolate cake? We could sell this as diet food: all the chocolate cake flavor and none of the calories. I designed the cigar band and oversaw the blending process. PLEASE send a special shout-out on social media to @jcnewmancigars for facilitating this. I pinch myself each time I see it and smoke it. I’m so proud to get to share this with you. Without you, this would not be possible and The Good Life cigar would not exist. While I do not normally go after the larger ring gauges, this just felt and smoked right.
Tasting Notes: Barnyard and cocoa on the body. Fabric softener on the foot. The cold draw is baker’s spices, soy sauce, and pepper. The first third begins with baker’s spices like nutmeg, heavy fresh-baked bread, pine, and a richness that is unparalleled. If you have never had chocolate babka it’s sort of like a cinnamon roll but with chocolate instead of cinnamon and no icing. It’s like chocolate-swirled bread. It’s heavy, rich, and decadent. This is what I get when I smoke this cigar. Chocolate cake, red wine, mild pepper, sweet sugar, dried floral notes. This really is the closes thing to smoking a chocolate cake.
The second third is slightly less sweet. It has herb notes like Italian seasoning and the wood picks up to a nice cedar. Bread is still prominent. At times I am reminded of smacks cereal, and sugar smacks. Grainy, slightly sweet, sandalwood, slightly smoky. I am thoroughly enjoying this. In the final third, I get a chili seasoning spice, floral notes pick up, and there is a cedar wood uptick as well. Now it becomes a gourmet chocolate cake that uses herbs and unique spices. I also get roasted nuts.
In the end, I get left with all of these flavors mending together and making a cool menthol-like smoke. WOW. The Good Life. What more can I say?
Pairing notes: Chocolate cake. Champagne. Amber Lager. Cognac. Chocolate-covered almonds. After a steak. After an Ice cream sundae. With an egg cream soda. Anytime you want to celebrate.
Joshua Peterson (verified owner) –
This stick is crazy good.
Steve Lamb (verified owner) –
Got one in my first subscription box and immediately ordered 2 more after I smoked it. Fantastic cigar!
Casey McLeod (verified owner) –
The most decadent chocolate smoke ever. Sooo rich!!
Amanda Lagace (verified owner) –
I am still new at figuring out flavors in my cigars, but I had absolutely no problems tasting the rich cocoa in this. Sooo delicious, immediately ordered some more of these 🙂
John Pickett (verified owner) –
This is such a great smoking, great tasting, good long burning cigar. If you smoked it blind you would think this was a $25 stick easy. I can’t say enough great words on this smoke and I hope it doesn’t go away. I, like most of you have sticks in waiting, but this is definitely the “go to ” when you need the “sure ” thing.
Lloyd Harris (verified owner) –
This is a nice cigar to relax with, don’t rush it, the chocolate oozes out of the dark wrapper.
Brian Young (verified owner) –
This was for sure a fantastic cigar. I also got it in my first kit & had to immediately order 5 more…. The flavors were amazing.
Scott May (verified owner) –
Its a cigar that you don’t want to put down and you will cry when you finish it. I can taste the chocolate and spices that is not overwhelming.
Christopher Jackson (verified owner) –
Happy birthday chocolate cake on the best day of your life! I order a stick or two every month.
Gage Espinosa (verified owner) –
On the nose you get a pleasant chocolate cake. About a 35 to 45min smoke. Notes of coco, chocolate brownie and finished with a black pepper. Not a everyday smoke but something to bust out on a special occasion!
Phillip Banks (verified owner) –
One of the best if not the best cigar I’ve ever had.
Peter Jones (verified owner) –
This is one of those cigars that you wanna give a horrible review on cuz you want people that never had one to not buy them so you can get more of them. Lmfao. Seriously an amazing stick that I could buy 10,000 of them for my personal stash and want more. People ask me all the time what my favorite cigar is. Well that is a hard one cuz I have so many different favorites for certain times and it’s usually people just getting into cigars that ask that so I don’t say anything but Every Time 2 cigars come to mind. The Dunbarton Tobacco Sin Compromiso 6×52 Torpedo and/or THE GOOD LIFE. if 1 is in my number 1 spot at the time the other is also a strong second. We NEED MORE IN THE CLUB A.S.A.P. and find away to get them faster when we do run out.
Roger Mook (verified owner) –
I finally got some. Man it reminds me of a Black Diamond. Definitely sweeter. Outstanding cigar. JC Newman delivered on this one. Highly recommended.
Alejandro Rodriguez (verified owner) –
This stick is 🔥🔥!! Just get one while they last! You won’t be disappointed, no matter what your taste in cigars, this is an hour and a 1/2 of bliss!
Dustin M. (verified owner) –
This is an EXCELLENT CIGAR! I’ve purchased quite a few and will order more probably tonight.
This cigar is everything the description says and more. I smoked mine in about 5 degree weather next to a fire while drinking champagne and could not have been happier. This is a cigar to celebrate with or if you just want to feel special. I’ve sent some to my father and wait for his response.
This is a Homerun! Congratulations Brian and the entire Privada family for making this happen.
Matt Cortez (verified owner) –
Have to agree with all these reviews. Wonderful chocolate oozing from every puff, slow burn. Great late night smoke to chill.
Matt Clare (verified owner) –
Brian absolutlely knocked it out of the park with this one. Chocolaty, creamy, not as peppery as youd think for an all nicaraguan filler! Actually delicious on the retro.
Fernando Hernandez (verified owner) –
Buy it now!! Omnipotent cigar right here.
Christopher Olsen (verified owner) –
Treat yourself! This is such a good cigar. Thanks for sharing this with us
Robert Garcia (verified owner) –
Hot fudge brownie delight, like a chocolate birthday cake, this is for a special occasion. A+
Emil Ko (verified owner) –
DO NOT BUY THIS!!! After you had this, other cigars taste boring. So do not buy this stick, save it to people who NEEDS this, like me, please, please, please…
Alejandro Ortiz (verified owner) –
Raise the price! I’d love to buy a box if a box exists. This is gift worthy