Archetype Fantasy Cloaks
W: Connecticut Broadleaf
B: Nicaraguan Habano
F: Nicaraguan Habano
Origin: Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua S.A.
The final chapter in Archetype’s epic Fantasy Miniseries, Cloaks is the sole box-pressed offering in the trilogy. Its rather vague blend description is the same as that of the Curses cigar (Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over Nicaraguan Habano binder and filler leaves), and based on my delicious experience with Curses, I took this as a positive sign. The big foot band on Cloaks depicts the cloaked hero of this story with sword in hand and bow on back, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of Link from The Legend of Zelda video game series. Or maybe that’s a bit of bias on my part.
Pre-light draws offered up a taste of dark, pungent earth with hints of anise. Interesting.
After an easy light the smoke opened up with flavors of dark earth and white pepper with hints of cinnamon. The spice was building in intensity with each puff, and it occurred to me that this was the most robust intro out of the three cigars in the series. About an inch in a bit of sweet cream kicked in, cooling things off just a little bit.
As I reached the second 3rd of the cigar the burn was tight and the ashes were firm and bright white. Here the earthy/spicy and sweet cream components seemed to merge, culminating in an awesome, flavorful balance. From this base profile some tasty cocoa and coffee notes began to rise up, creating some nice complexity.
In the Cloaks’ action-packed final third smoke production ramped up considerably as a super-smooth procession of earth, nutmeg, cocoa, pepper, and sweet cream tasting notes began to gush from the cigar. It was glorious. And there wasn’t a bit of funk to be found, until I eventually accidentally burned into the band and was forced to let it the cigar go peacefully into the ashtray.
Cloaks turned out to be a most fitting conclusion to the Fantasy Miniseries saga, complete with an explosively tasty final third that served as a fantastic grand finale. Just as with the other two Fantasy cigars, this stick burned pretty much perfectly from start to finish, expelling a balanced procession of diverse tasting notes all the while. I don’t wear a hat, but if I did it would be off to Giannini and the crew at Archetype for their flawless execution of this unique series. From concept, to packaging, to the intriguing smokes themselves, Cloaks and the rest of the Fantasy Miniseries are a home run hit.