CLE Hechicera

(2 customer reviews)

$9.75

Sorceress, cigar maker, entrepreneur. A true dynamo. Grace Sotolongo partnered with CLE in 2014 to make this cigar. She was 21 when she first started working for My Father Cigars 3 years prior. She took a job with Christian Eiroa to do sales for CLE, when the brand was in its infancy. Christian felt Grace was a star. He wanted to form a brand with her as the head of it. Hechicera is that brand. CLE put a lot of money into this product. Grace wanted a Nicaraguan cigar and that’s what she got. It is a Nicaraguan PURO. The band was painted by Ninas Perez Castellon, a Cuban artist and activist whose family was very active in trying to take down Fidel Castro. The boxes are even prettier than the band. This cigar was a flop. If you look online you will see they are sold out now but that was after people put them in the bargain bins. This is something my critics tried to get at me with a long time ago. People don’t understand that just because something was not commercially successful and was liquidated, does not mean it was not a good cigar. Some of the best cigars you will ever find came out of the bargain bin. Van Gogh did not sell while he was alive. Need I say more? If you can find these, buy them. Now. This is a cigar that should be a part of every cigar collection. Aged 6 years, now perfectly ripe, you are in for a treat!

Description

Tasting notes: Vinegar and tobacco on the shaft and unsalted peanuts on the foot. The cold draw is salted peanuts and slightly vegetal. I also get a funky cedar. The first puff is WOW! A sweet bag of salted peanuts with a beautiful flower bouquet and a sharp dried peach along with cedar. That cedar is sharp, the dried peaches are tangy and the peanut flavor is overwhelmingly savory. Man this thing is off to a GREAT start. Further in, the flavors are all still there. Sweet, tangy, woody, and florally. Halfway through I get some leather and the florals get pleasantly soapy. Concentrated. This is crazy but this cigar gets so tangy at times it reminds me of sour patch kids candy. Back to childhood. Then, of course, it is also salty, sweet, and floral with the woodturning to charred oak now. White toast, charred wood, sugar, butter, and sour candies. This thing is out of control good. Let’s call the sour tang thing a raspberry note. In the end, it all comes together in bliss. Holy cow!

Pairing notes: Rye whiskey. Sour beer or a low IBU IPA. Cognac. Try eating ripe raspberries an hour before smoking. Milk chocolate. White chocolate. Vanilla custard, ice cream or flan either with or 30 minutes beforehand. After Peruvian food like Ceviche. After rice and beans with a salad dressed with vinaigrette. After buffalo wings.

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2 reviews for CLE Hechicera

  1. Fernando Leites (verified owner)

    What a cigar! I hidden gem in all aspects.. Beautiful flavors, complexity, balance, this is what you get! Not to mention the box press corona size is on the money.

  2. Jason Ylizarde (verified owner)

    One of my absolute favorites and a top 5 stick over the past 18 months…full of flavor, smooth and silky smoke, burn and construction are on point…just a great stick and I’m surprised these are not sold out!!!

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