Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25″ x 50
Wrapper : Dark Natural Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $10 each
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The Cabaiguan (kah-bei-gWAHN) is probably my absolute favorite Connecticut Shade cigar. Not really mild, it is more of a medium bodied smoke with light yet assertive flavors. I have been wanting to try the maduro version for a long while and I have finally got around to it. Sometimes with the sheer volume of different cigars out there it is hard to get to everything you want to try. Any way, from what I was able to find with some internet searches, it appears the Cabaiguan Maduro isn’t even really a maduro in the traditional sense. According to Tatuaje’s site and I saw it again on a retailer's site, the wrapper on this cigar is a naturally dark sun grown broadleaf wrapper. If that sounds familiar to you then you are probably familiar with the La Riqueza line of cigars from Tatuaje. The wrapper for that cigar is described the exact same way. So is it the same wrapper? I have no idea, but I wasn’t able to find a wealth of information on the Cabaiguan maduro and what I did find wasn’t necessarily authoritative.
I suppose I could have dropped an email to Havana Cellars and get some details straight from the source but I didn’t. Looking at the cigar I would guess that this wrapper is related at best but would not guess it is the same as those used on the La Riqueza. This wrapper is much nicer looking. The La Riquezas always look rough and lumpy and ugly. This wrapper has a slight tooth and is generally smoother with an oily sheen. If it is the same or related, the Cabaiguan got the pick of the litter. it is still a rustic looking wrapper but it is much prettier than the La Riquezas I have seen. One other item of note on the dressing if the Cabaiguan Maduro. It has the same band used on the Cabaiguan Guapos which is a Nicaraguan natural sun grown wrapped cigar of a much lighter shade than these broadleaf maduros.
Right off the bat I could tell this isn’t really a Maduro. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee bean are complimented by a tart sun grown twang that is one of my favorite things about a natural sun grown broadleaf wrapper. The tartness was the dominate flavor for the entire smoke. I also picked up notes of cedar and a very subtle sweetness. Overall not a terribly complex cigar but very robust and enjoyable. If you are a fan of that sun grown twang then you’ll love this cigar because you get a lot of it. Although I wouldn’t call this smoke a favorite, I definitely like it for an occasional change of pace especially when I am craving a sun grown.