The setting is Fresno, California. The year is 2017. Ian Reith, founder of Dapper Cigar Co., is struck with an image and an idea. Desvalido. Translation: Helpless. A deep, navy blue band embossed with lines forming around a golden rooster. He immediately creates the art. The band is made. The cigar is yet to be found. Ian had no idea that it would take 3 years to find the proper blend for this band. Dapper Cigar Company has a fine line of boutique cigars that sell quite nicely. Yet the rooster is impressed upon his mind. It is the reason he is still blending although his line up is deep and well rounded. Desvalido. The heart of the cigar industry rests upon the desvalido. The raw side of working in countries with poor economic systems. The imbalance of wealth. The perspective changes going between the richest country and the poorer ones. All in pursuit of the best blend. Who really are the desvalido? Are we living any different really? The quality of life, one can say improves, but for most of us, we are at the mercy of our economy and our leaders. This one is for the Desvalido. As human beings there is desvalido in all of us. Human beings are helpless hopefuls pursuing any dignity and glory we can achieve along the way. “I have found happiness in some of the least expected places. I know bankers and lawyers that are miserable and medicated, yet I know farmers and rollers that experience pure joy at the end of each day,” states Ian. “I’ve never claimed to make a cigar for everyone. Most of our lines fit certain profiles. Desvalido is not for one type of smoker. We used some of the most expensive tobaccos with some of the most common to bring together everything in between. It’s like eating filet mignon with ketchup, delicious but unorthodox. It doesn’t matter what your personal preference in cigars is, you will like this cigar. There is a little Desvalido in all of us, and so this cigar is for all of us.” Dapper Cigar Company will be releasing the cigar initially with Privada Cigar Club. The now private cigar club is home to 9,000 raving cigar fans with an extremely active social media presence. “The choice to release the project with Privada was not a hard one. Their community is based on cigar culture and finding the best cigars. And when they do, they let the world know about it through social media. I thought it would be a no-brainer and I was honored they would have us,” states Alex Cesa, head of sales at Dapper Cigar Co. Now let’s get to the cigar!
Tasting Notes: The cigar has a dark Colorado color and is basically seamless. The body, foot, and cold draw have notes of salted, roasted peanuts. The first third is salty with dark cocoa, cedar, florals, and leather with a beautiful wasabi retrohale. There is a cashew nut creaminess accompanied by notes of apricot. The second third transforms into more fruits and flowers along with a syrupy, apricot jam, and white pepper. The new note to look for is one that builds through the cigar: licorice. It’s faint but it’s there and it builds. I have to admit at times I’m reminded of Fruity Pebbles. The final third melds a lot of these flavors together for true balance. Syrups and woods, whites pepper and florals, vanilla and teas with rye on the nub. EXCELLENT! Pairing Notes: Try eating black licorice an hour before smoking. A porter or stout beer. Rye whiskey. Jack Daniels. After a meal of lobster or light fish. Sushi. With dark chocolate nibs. With a chocolate egg cream soda. And of course, anisette.