It took me quite a bit of time to work up the courage to try the LFD Chisel Maduro, what after its brother the Chisel Natural did to me. After the Natural, i couldn’t smoke anything for a week! Gifted to me by the ever-scheming (evil do-gooder) moki, i summoned up the courage one fine night and confidently drew it out of my humidor, ready to meet its maker.

Aha! This time i doubly prepared myself for the ordeal i was about to pleasurably undergo (tones of S&M here!) — a large meal of chicken and rice, i gulped down at least a liter of water, finished off a couple of apples and oranges, rinsed my mouth out with Listerine, sucked on a mint, drank more water, filled up another big tumbler with more water and ice, placed some more mints in ready reach (just in case i collapsed trying to make it to the kitchen), turned on the TV and placed this cigar in my hand. Ready to go, GO, GO!

Hahaha… seems like an awful load of effort for one cigar, doesn’t it? Well, if you’ve been floored before by the Chisel Natural like i have, you would do the same, believe me.

Fine burn throughout

The LFD Chisels are so named because of the unique shape of their heads — it looks like the mouthpiece of a musical instrument. I found it to be quite innovative really; it was comfortable in the mouth and made drawing on the cigar quite easy.

The wrapper on the maduro is a classic dark colour, very dark brown. It was slightly veined, but overall it was in good shape with a touch of silkiness to it. Pretty. Scentwise, the Chisel Maduro offered a sweet, metallic aroma — quite interesting. The foot itself, where i took a sniff at its binder and filler, the tobacco smelled of rich chocolates.

Burns well all through

A quick snip later, i lit this cigar with a cedar strip and sat back to enjoy it. The draw was bit on the tight side, though not terribly so. Smoke volume was a bit underwhelming; would have preferred more, thick smoke to accompany each draw. The flavours are quite distinct from the natural version (so much flavour is attributed to the wrapper alone, or is the blend different, i wonder?): initially, there was a mettalic, iron “zing” to the flavour as this cigar started out. Not really spicy, except from that initial burst of flavour. The aroma of the smoke was pleasant: a fruity, burned passion that oddly reminded me of the aromas delivered by an Opus X.

Past half-way, the cigar really opens up with richer, fuller dark flavours — burnt cedar chips and leather comes to mind. I found it quite pleasant, right up to the last inch or so when the smooth flavours began being replaced by some bitter tones and harshness.

This cigar is a real slow burner. Even under my a-bit-faster-than-advisable puffing speed, it took a full 2 hours to finish off this cigar — quite amazing for a cigar that barely pips 6 inches long. Watched an episode of CSI and Fear Factor before this cigar was put out.

Tar buildup on the head of the cigar was considerable at this point, and the draw was getting tighter; smoke volume had dropped quite a bit. A mild buzz was popping my head by now, so i decided to retire the cigar.

Took this down to the end, no problems

Verdict: A lot nice than the raw brute force of its Natural cousin. More subtle flavours delivered in a pleasant, “How do you do” manner rather than shaking you up, demanding your attention manner. Still quite full bodied with a noticeable nicotine buzz at the end — but that’s how i like them. Besides te reputation of the Chisels, there isn’t too much to worry about the maduros as long as you come prepared (refer to para 2 above).