Flavor Profile: Hints and notes of Honey, Chocolate, and Creamy Vanilla
Mike's Cigars is proud to be the trademark owner and distributor of The 898 Collection. 898 Collection is a Super-Premium cigar in a class by itself. An awesome cigar with a medium body but, so flavorful. With rich notes of French Vanilla, Chocolate, Honey, and Nutty tones....
Each 898 Collection cigar provides a spectacular smoking experience. There are 25 cigars in classy cabinets, arranged in the Cuban Classic 8-9-8 in three layers. Buy this fantastic cigar or any other cigar you like at Mike's Cigars where you get the best deals, customer service, and guarantee in the United States.
Customers frequently ask what lies behind the name 8-9-8, and why did we chose 8-9-8 Collection to name of this brand? If you take a good look at any cigar box it can help you get to the answer. All cigar boxes are bear a few tell tale markings which help learn about its contents, origin and so forth. Besides the commercial name of the cigar manufacturer, the cigar name etc. you will find, printed, usually on the bottom of the box, a number stating how many cigars are there. Usually it is 25, that is, a standard box contains 25 and the reason for that was, originally, to enable the consumer to pull out the first cigar from a new box. Later on, cigar makers started to use better packaging than the standard cardboard material. The cigar cabinet prevailed as the popular choice for what we call today the “Super Premium” cigar. The cabinet is made of solid-wood, with a curved structure that provides strength and enhances the beautiful presentation of the box. At the same time, the process require different proportions to the packaging, in order to improve on the “flat” appearance of the box, the height was increased, so instead of two layers of cigars we find three. That’s when the traditional count of twenty-five prevailed and the normal lay-out became to be known as 8-9-8.
8-9-8 Collection was our idea to commemorate the long tradition of the 25 cigar cabinets. We selected General Cigars to help create the blend and make the cigars. It was an easy choice. General was already making a special cabinet size in their Paratagas line. That was the venerable Partagas 8-9-8, check out this one and discover how different it is from the other Partagas front marks. In addition it was agreed that 8-9-8 Collection will be made at the Macanudo factory, as an off shoot of the coveted Macanudo Vintage. The 8-9-8 collection is a great example of a high quality cigar which was designed, from birth, to be a mild-to-medium body cigar. We like this type of cigars because they are rolled to perfection. Smooth and creamy the 8-9-8 leave your palate with the a taste of dry roasted almonds and Cuban Coffee.
Any discussion about 8-9-8 Collection is a great opportunity to go on with the theory on cigar flavor v. cigar quality, which we discussed sometime last year. We discovered that higher ratings are increasingly afforded to heavy, full body cigars, while the mellower, milder cigars, are awarded lower ratings. It is well known that cigars are “acquired taste”, meaning that over time, you feel more comfortable with your smoke, eventually ‘moving up’ to more interesting stogies. This is a natural phenomenon, and, being a cigar aficionado myself, I am not surprised that “cigar raters” acquire the flavor for more full-bodied cigars over time, and could not be gratified with the intrinsic subtleties of delicate and mild cigars. However, what I wrote still remains viable. The reality is that consumers tend to inject the whole issue of “quality” into the equation, while in truth, the two: whether the cigar is “good” or not, and what kind of “body” it has, have nothing to do with each other whatsoever.
This is easy to understand since if you were, let us say, used to smoking “strong” or heavy body cigars, you’d discover that, with time, it would become harder and harder for you to recognize a “good” mild cigar, because your taste buds simply require a much more pronounced stimulation to sense the subtle undertones in the delicate aroma of such a smoke. Conversely, if you are used to smoking only mild cigars, and you stumbled upon an extra strong one, your palate will naturally transmit cries of foul to your brain. Interestingly, our customer service representatives are used to accept, every once in awhile, complaint calls, from consumers, who testify that “(some cigars they were trying) were harsh and bitter”. When we check into cases like this we discover that the particular customer was used to smoking Macanudos all the time, but on his last purchase changed, for some reason, to a Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte.The 8-9-8 collection is a great example of a high quality cigar which was designed, from blue print, to be a mild-to-medium body cigar. We like this type of cigars because they are perfect during the day, and even for the evening. They don’t leave your palate with the sour, dry irritation that combines ever so often with heavy cigars. The 8-9-8 COLLECTION became the epitome of “swimming against the stream” in a generation that only knew the harsh verdict of cigar authorities about anything which didn’t boast its spiciness loud and clear. We always said: “The best cigar, is the cigar you like!” Do not let others determine what’s good for you. Be critical and independent. Do not judge a cigar by its band or by its box. Do not judge a cigar by its rating or its price. Always make up your own mind, and do not be ashamed to say: “Yes, I like mild cigars”.