7-20-4 is one of the more interesting new brands to hit the cigar market in recent years. It is resurrected brand that was produced in Manchester, New Hampshire from 1874-1963. Kurt Kendall has done a fine job with the brand, but what amazes me most is that they were able to make a “barber pole” cigar that is able to stand on it’s own as a good cigar. Like most barber pole cigars there is still a fair amount of gimmick involved with the 7-20-4 Hustler, but unlike most it has a unique full-flavour, and even burn and quality construction. While it’s not exactly an everyday cigar, it is worth keeping in the humidor to give to friends looking for something different to try.
Upon lighting the 7-20-4 Hustler toro there is a immediate surge of citrus flavour that is quickly followed by sea salt. The draw is good and the construction is great. The first third of the cigar is dominated by this citrus and sea salt mixture. Occasionally, hints of mild creaminess and almond milk can be detected. The citrus remains into the second third of the 7-20-4 Hustler but is joined by almonds, hay steel cut oats, sea salt and just a hint of very mild coffee. Some spice and herbal notes appear from time to time. The burn on this cigar is very even which is surprising for barber pole style cigars. During the final third of the cigar a bitter black coffee flavour (like 1980s Folgers) gets stronger as the citrus fades away. Though it gets slightly bitter the flavour is not unpleasant. Almonds, oak and hay dominate the final two inches of the cigar. All in all, this a pleasant cigar that is worth enjoying from time to time.
When pairing the 7-20-4 Hustler with a drink I’d recommend a Grey Goose and Tonic or Hammer + Sickle and Tonic. A vodka cocktail such as an April Rain, Blue Monday, Vesper or Absolute Stress are all excellent choices to pair with this cigar. (I prefer Grey Goose, Hammer + Sickle, Three Olives or Chopin Vodka when making cocktails.) As for single malts the saltiness of the Talisker 10, Old Pulteney Navigator or Ledaig 10 all compliment the 7-20-4 Hustler fairly well.
- Country: Honduras
- Wrapper: Brazil (Mata Fina) & Ecuador (Connecticut)
- Binder: Costa Rica
- Filler Nicaragua
- Size: 6″ x 54
- Strength: medium-bodied
- J.D.’s Personal Rating: 87