Tasting Notes: On the body I get buttery or Umami notes along with cedar, orange blossom honey and a smell that reminds me of an empty humidor. The foot is more of that aged cedar humidor, some cinnamon and dried apricot. The cold draw is apricot and salt. The first third is rich tobacco, cedar, dried pear and black pepper on the finish. There is a ton of aged woods, salt, pepper, earthiness (think musty or mushroomy) some rain notes as well. Kind of reminds me of a Dominican Davidoff. In the second third I get musty vanilla, a menthol like sensation, white pepper, light cinnamon and major florals. The retro is spicy and floral and the cedar is becoming more pungent. Once In a blue I get a clove note. In the final 3rd the retro becomes stronger on the sinuses. I get warm apple pie and cinnamon notes. White pepper and menthol, there is a peated scotch like smoky flavor along with a warm vanilla and spice wood. In the final 3rd I’m hit with a marine or fresh sea air kind of thing I cannot explain well. Very interesting cigar.
Pairing Notes: Tea. Black Tea. Bourbon. Belgium Tripel. Thai food. Peanut butter deserts. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Roasted nuts. Highland Scotch. Cognac. Birthday cake. Light roast coffee. Chai Tea. After most Asian cuisine. With Sake. PLEASE tag @clecigars as often as possible. CLE is opening their vaults to us so expect more amazingness from them! #weareprivada
First thing you need to know is the Eiroa family was the first family to grow Cuban seed Corojo tobacco outside of Cuba and from what I understand, the first tobacco farm that grew tobacco for cigars outside of Cuba. This goes back to around 1920. We will interview Christian Eiroa soon and get the breakdown. The Eiroa family owned Camacho cigars before selling to Davidoff in 2008. From what I’m told there was a non-compete agreement of 5 years that needed to be fulfilled until re-entering the cigar industry. That brings us to 2013. The Eiroa family open a new factory called Alladino (you have most likely heard of that brand named after the factory). This is one of two first blends they re-entered the market with. It sold for about a year before legal issues found it sitting in Honduras unable to be sold. This cigar you hold in your hand has been waiting to meet you. It’s been in a box lined with cedar in an aging room in Honduras for 10 years. And here it is. Right here in your hands. The thing to know about Honduran Corojo tobacco is it is the original Habano wrapper. Cuba, during the 60’s saw a blue mold plague that wiped out crops and caused them to genetically modify or hybrid their tobacco seeds. But this is from the original seed. Isn’t that amazing? Damn I love cigars and I love finding you stuff like this even more. This blend was to be their full flavored American market stick so let’s check it out. The blend is 100% Honduran Corojo tobacco.