Hiram and Solomon Master Mason

Hiram and Solomon Master MasonHiram and Solomon is a line that was created by Freemason brothers Fouad Kashouty and Brother George Dakrat. The idea came from there thought that there was no accessible cigar on the market for Freemason smokers that carried the square and compass, nor any other Masonic Emblem. From that point they began working on the possibility of creating not only a Masonic-themed cigar, but a quality cigar that would not just physically represent Freemasons all over the world but contain within it a quality that could match the caliber of excellence that the Brethren themselves contain. From this diligent work the Hiram and Solomon line came to be. Additionally, being one of the most fundamental aspects of Freemason Teachings, a way to incorporate charity into such a meaningful company was a must. In order to have the opportunity to give back to their supporters, Hiram & Solomon Cigars donates part of the sales profits to various Masonic and non-Masonic community charity events.

I’ve had these Master Mason cigars resting for several months, not because I didn’t want to smoke them but because of the size. The Grand Toro weighs in at a hefty 6 x 60 and I knew I was going to need more than my usual 45-60 minutes to smoke. I finally had a day with some extra time and knew exactly which cigar to pick.

The cigar is covered in  a rich dark maduro wrapper, nearly black in color. There is some veining but not excessive or abnormal for this type of wrapper. It has a soft, velvety finish to it. Pressing along the body the cigar feels full with no noticeable dead spots. The smell is sweet, like chocolate or fresh baked cake. The same can be noticed from the foot. The cap cuts easily and does not damage the construction. The cold draw has sweetness to it that matches the odor along with full tobacco.

The first half has flavors of toasted nuts and the sweet smell translates to the flavor as well. It produces a fair amount of smoke that has a good weight to it. The weight of the smoke combined with the flavor makes for an enjoyable first half. The cigar burns easy and sharp while the ash holds for about 1/2 inch at a time.

In the second half the flavor really picks up, it changes from being a medium bodied cigar to very full. The taste of dark black coffee and tobacco take over along with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. Theres also a touch of meatiness to it as well. This flavor continues until the end resulting in a powerhouse of a cigar with one heck of a nicotine punch to it. There was no issue with construction throughout the smoking session, it continued to provide ample smoke that always had a sweet aroma to it.

While this is not my normal go to size for cigars it was definitely worth putting aside the extra time to enjoy. In whole the cigar was great and looking forward to having a few more of these. With a construction of this quality and flavor this rich I would recommend picking up these when you see them in the shop. If your shop doesn’t have them ask them to bring them in. You can also read about the Hiram and Solomon Traveling Man Lancero by clicking here.

Wrapper – Habano Maduro Oscuro

Binder – Indonesian Sumatra

Filler – Habano Jalapa, Habano Ometepe, Ligero Habano Estelí

Price: $8.50

Website: Hiramandsolomoncigars.com

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints


Hiram and Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram and Solomon LanceroHiram and Solomon popped up on my radar a couple years ago when I was looking for a smoke in a not so pleasant downtown cigar shop and I spotted their band. Since at the time it was something new to me I picked up a few sticks and gave them a try. Turned out they were pretty good and next time I was back downtown I went into the same shop to get some more and for some reason they had stopped carrying them. Bummed I left the store empty handed and started looking elsewhere, and of course it didn’t take long to find them. Recently I ran into Fouad, George and their rep Heather (who just happens to also be a DR Member) in town and as we were talking the conversation lead to the new Traveling Man lancero that is being released. After smoking one with them I knew I wanted to write about it so I brought a couple more back to try and this is what I found.

Construction wise, it doesn’t have that traditional rigid nearly hard feeling that most lanceros have, this has a bit of give to it. The wrapper has a lovey milk chocolate color to it with a nice velvet sheen and there is very minimal veining. The seams are tight and there are no areas that fill unfilled. The smell from the body and the foot reminds me of smoked foods and hay. The cap cuts off easily and with no damage to the cigar, pre-light flavor has a slight sweetness on the tongue along with rich tobacco flavors. The draw is easy and offers little resistance. It lights easily and burns evenly. For a lancero it produces plenty of medium weighted smoke with a bread like consistency. The initial flavor is mild but well balanced.

The first half is slightly sweet and creamy with a bit of barnyard notes. There is a hint of pepper hidden in the finish but is not very noticeable. The smoke production for this cigar is fantastic giving large amounts of the same medium weight smoke noticed from the initial light. While the ash does drop off fairly easily the burn is even.

Once reaching the second half of the cigar the sweet and creamy taste remains but now the pepper flavor is more apparent along with other spices and a light woodsy taste. The burn continues to be razor sharp and the smoke is full. At no time did I need to touch up or re-light this cigar.

This really did end up being a great cigar. Hiram and Solomon describe it as being a “medium body blend that is masterfully encased in a silky Sumatran wrapper from the island of Indonsia. The thick smoke is rich in aroma with a hint of spice and coffee on the palate. The Finish is soft and subtle as a creamy texture melds with notes of cocoa leather.” While I enjoy most things from Hiram and Solomon this one has become a quick go to for me. It has a great construction, great flavor and a great burn time. If you haven’t had a chance to try their line yet I would recommend starting with the Traveling Man lancero, its strong enough for someone that likes a fuller body but the creaminess of it makes it feel light enough for everyone.

Size – 7 x 38

Wrapper – Sumatra Indonesian

Binder – Indonesian

Filler – Arapiraca, Habano Jalapa, Habano Ometepe and Dominican

Price: $8.50

Website: Hiramandsolomoncigars.com

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints