Cabaiguan W. Curtis Draper 120 Redux

Cabaiguan W. Curtis Draper 120 Redux

CabaiguanOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 5/8'' x 42
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7.50 (Box of 12 $84.00)
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Much like Smoke Inn last year, W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist is commissioning several manufacturers to produce cigars for this year, their 125th Anniversary. Pete Johnson, of Havana Cellars/Tatuaje fame, was once again called upon to remake a legendary stick,… the Cabaiguan WCD 120. This same cigar blend and vitola was made 5 years ago for their Draper’s 120th Anniversary. Those I know of that bought the old 120’s say they have aged like fine wine over the last 5 years, so here’s hoping that this release will be nothing different. So how does the new WCD 120 perform? Read below,…

Appearance : ★★★★★
The WCD 120 Redux could be easily one of the most beautiful cigars that you could ever lay your eyes on. The visual appeal is stunning with its unblemished, orange tinged-tan wrapper and fanned tail. It’s stuffed solid with a good amount of filler tobacco that smells of sweet cedar. The wrapper has aromas of sugar cane, cedar, and a touch of rolled up newspaper.

Construction : ★★★★★
It’s been awhile since I smoked a stick that I never had to touch up. Out of the two sticks I smoked I never once had to touch up or relight any of them. The construction was as top notch as they come. The cigar showed no signs of being anything other than perfect with its seamless and veinless wrapper,… only the best for an exclusive release to one of the country’s most storied tobacconists.

Cabaiguan W. Curtis Draper 120 Redux

Flavor : ★★★★½
Where do I begin,…

1st Third: I lit my WCD’s with a Djeep lighter so I didn’t scorch the filler. The wrapper leaf sparked right up and released immediate bold flavors of sweet cedar and roasted nuts. Of course, with Connecticut leaf wrappers, there is a sweet vegetal component that weaves in and out of the flavor profile. Amazingly, with a lot of great cigars, clarity and intensity of flavor is key,… the WCD has both (a sign of great blending). The first third ends with some red pepper spiciness that clings to the back of the throat. This is unique to this stick compared to the other Cabaiguans where smooth dark chocolate flavors usually rule the day. Body is around medium+.

2nd Third: Sweet hay, vegetal flavors, and a spicy body is much of what I detect going into this second part of the stick. The smokes power stings the sinuses when retrohaling, a sign of rough youth. Surprisingly the last part of the second third mellowed out quite a bit and hit a sweet spot.

3rd Third: Now this is where things get really interesting. Sweed cedar and LOADS of roasted nuts flavors come to fruition, peanuts to be exact. The peanut aroma is unmistakeable. The profile has increasingly become creamy but nevertheless still pretty darn strong- just shy of full bodied. Ends with peanut butter flavors that last for days!

Value : ★★½☆☆
The price point is pretty hard to swallow for a petit corona. Competition is as stiff as they come within the petit corona market and probably the most competitive than any other vitola (Partagas Shorts, San Cristobal de la Habana Principes, Por Larranaga Petit Corona, Bolivar Coronas Juniors, etc,…). Most seasoned smokers can name off their favorite petit corona/short smoke as it is a staple of their humidor. So, with all this said, the price point of the 120 Redux is its only drawback.

Overall Rating : ★★★★★ (4.75)
So far, I have been woefully impressed with the few limited edition smokes from some of my favorite manufacturers; this one is no different. The WCD 120 Redux is the second best cigar of this year for me behind the Feral Flying Pig from Drew Estate. I can almost guarantee you though, given 5 years of age, that these sticks will interchange positions in my “favorites” poll. The WCD 120 Redux is built to last like a classic Chevy from the 50’s or 60’s. The flavors, body, and spice are all there to make a beautifully aging stick. Trust me,…… stash these cigars away for at least three years and those of you patient enough will be treated to one of the best cigars made in the market today.

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2 Comments on “Cabaiguan W. Curtis Draper 120 Redux”

  1. WCD sold the last box literally 30 minutes before I called the shop 3 weeks ago. SO pissed!!!

  2. Kinda pricey for the size, but sounds like a great smoke.

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