Cattle Baron

Cattle Baron

Cattle Baron Cigars is a company launched by cattle stock grower Bryan Mussard out of Montana. When it comes to the cattle industry, Mussard is a well known name. He currently serves as the First Vice President of the Montana Stockgrower’s Association. He also has branched out to other ventures, most notably Gorgeous Vodka – a brand of potato vodka. Now he turns his attention to his own line of cigars. To blend and produce his cigars, Mussard has teamed up with Phil Zanghi of Debonaire House and the De Los Reyes factory in the Dominican Republic. The result is Cattle Baron Cigars’ first titled cigar, the Cattle Baron. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to smoke the Cattle Baron in the Stockyard’s (Robusto size) vitola. Overall this is a very classic smoking cigar, and one that proves to be an outstanding debut for Mussard with his new venture.

The Cattle Baron brand was launched back in January at the National Cattlemens Beef Association Convention held in San Diego California. Both Zanghi and Mussard were in attendance for the event. At the National Cattlemens Beef Association PAC Auction, the first box of cigars (which was signed by Zanghi) was sold for $3,200.00. It was purchased by the Montana Stockgrower’s Association.

Here is the first box of Cattle baron Cigars imported into the US, Signed by Phil Zanghi. It sold for $3,200 at the National Cattlemens Beef Association PAC auction. It was Purchased by the Montana Stock Growers Assn.

Flavor Profile
The start of the Cattle Baron Stockyard’s started with notes of red and white pepper. The pepper quickly subsided into the background and gave way to notes of cocoa and natural tobacco. In addition, some notes of cedar surfaced in the background. Meanwhile, there was a white pepper component also present on the retro-hale.
As the Cattle Baron Stockyard’s progressed through the first third, the cedar notes moved into the forefront. The cocoa, natural tobacco, and cedar formed a very interesting fusion to the notes. This combination produce a nice synergy among the flavors. The cocoa was also present on the after-draw.
By the second third, there still was a fusion between the natural tobacco and cedar as the cocoa had dropped out of the combination. The cocoa note on the after-draw was now replaced by a red pepper note.
On the last third of the Cattle Baron Stockyard’s there was an increase in the pepper spice, but it wasn’t at the expense of the other flavors in the forefront. This is the way the cigar experience came to a close. The resulting nub was firm to the touch and cool in temperature.

Burn: Excellent
Draw: Excellent
Complexity: Medium
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Finish: Excellent
Assessment: 4.0-Box Worthy
Score: 91

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