Martinez Flatiron #2 Natural Review
“New York City?” as the salsa commercial from a few years back asked. Well, New York City cigars?
I have become so accustomed to cigars being manufactured in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Florida–among other notable places–that it is easy to forget history. Many cigars were rolled in New York City alone in the 1800’s to early 1900’s.
By the 1800s cigars were so popular that in a report it was detailed 127 private apartments in New York City alone were operating home-run cigar manufacturing businesses.
By the beginning of the 1900s, there were more than 80,000 cigar manufacturers in the US alone, the majority of them family run.
So few are left in New York City today or other US cities outside of Miami from the peak of 80,000 producers of the last century.
Founded in 1974, Martinez Hand Rolled Cigars Factory has been producing cigars in their midtown New York City factory at 29th & 7th, Across from Penn station. Besides the Flatiron, Martinez Hand Rolled Cigars also produces The Don Antonio Escogido Series, The New York City Styles, and The Pasión Premium Series.
About Martinez Hand Rolled Cigars from their Website
Since 1974, Martinez Hand Rolled Cigars Factory has produced some of the very finest cigars available anywhere in the world. All Martinez Cigars are made by hand in our factory in midtown New York City, by the most talented rollers, expertly blended with the finest tobaccos. We proudly maintain the tradition begun by our founder, Don Antonio Martinez, honoring his talents, skills and memory.
As owner Jesus Martinez says, “I’m sure that a Martinez cigar is one of the best you will ever smoke.”
Antonio Genaro Martinez (1947-2002) was known to everyone as Don Antonio. When he emigrated from the tiny town of Tamboríl in the Dominican Republic, he brought with him a vast wealth of knowledge and incredible talent for making some of the finest cigars imaginable.
Every day we do our best to honor his memory and tradition. We hope that he would be proud of what Martinez Cigars has become.
Flatiron is the namesake of New York City’s The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, completed in 1902. This iconic 22-story triangular steel-framed landmark building is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Flatiron #2 natural features a proprietary blend of 5-year-old Nicaraguan filler tobaccos with a sun grown Nicaraguan Broadleaf binder and a natural Ecuadorian wrapper.
The Flatiron is available in 4 sizes in both natural and maduro.
- #1 – 5 x 54 Toro
- #2 – 6 x 52 Torpedo (natural reviewed)
- #6 – 5 x 50 Robusto
- #9 – 7 x 44 Londsdale
A very nice light brown wrapper, the Flatiron #2 torpedo has some marginal veining and a nice firm roll. Pre-light draw is perfect with some earthiness and distinctive raisin sweetness. The embossed metallic silver band features the namesake The Flatiron Building towering at the top with the Martinez Hand Rolled Cigars logo with green accents and Flatiron below in black and metallic silver.
A full pepper blast right from the start of the Flatiron #2 along with leather and a little dried fruit sweetness. A half inch into the Flatiron and the initial pepper blast is tapering off and moving to more of a smooth smoke with the sweetness developing into the raisin that I noted on pre-light. Draw is excellent, which says a lot about the rollers at the Martinez factory. Rich grey smoke and a firm ash as I finish the first inch of the Flatiron.
The towering Flatiron Building on the band does end up on your lips since it extends far above the standard band height. Not a big deal, but I would disband it at this point if it were not for the review photos. It is an impressive band, nonetheless, as I would not have wanted them to do it any other way.
CRUISE CONTROL BURN
The ash just fell off at almost two inches. Flavor notes are continuing with leather and raisin along with the addition of cedar, malt (I do love malt notes) and cream. The cream comes to mind because the cigar is, well, creamy. There is just enough pepper to make the Flatiron interesting but to not overwhelm the other flavors that result in a smooth, so far medium strength, smoke. a decent, pleasant white pepper blast on retro.
Milk chocolate developing in the final third is a testament to the excellent blend of the Flatiron. Typically, flavors become somewhat harsh at this stage, but not so with this smoke. I am still getting white pepper, some leather, a tapering dried fruit, and a hint of charred cedar. There is a nice malt finish lingering on the palate.
This is a well-made cigar. A perfect roll accompanied by a perfect draw. Strength, although first light was strong, quickly moved to a medium strength, full-flavored cigar right to the end.
Despite my skepticism about a cigar (or salsa) made in New York City, I am impressed with the Flatiron. After all, it isn’t about the location where the cigar is rolled. It is all about the leaf, the mastery of the blender, and the roller. Jesus Martinez has pulled together all of these factors into his cigars. His father, “Don Antonio”, brought back to the city what was once common, and Jesus continues with the now-rare legacy.
For the price, it is worth your time and money to smoke a Flatiron. And supporting a U.S. company and employer at the same time is a nice bonus.
Cigar provided by: Martinez Hand Rolled Cigars Factory
Cigars Smoked for review: 3
Cigar Smoke Rate: 9.0/10 Per our Rating System this is a Great cigar.
Size: 6 x 52 Torpedo
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Shade Grown Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Broadleaf
Country of Origin: U.S. –Rolled in New York City