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,…

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Cabaiguan Maduro RX

Cabaiguan Maduro RX

CabaiguanOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25″ x 50
Wrapper : Dark Natural Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
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.

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Cabaiguan Guapos 46 Maduro

Cabaiguan Guapos 46 Maduro

CabaiguanOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18 mm
Ring : 46
Wrapper : Dark Natural Conn. Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.50 each
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As a fan of the Tatuaje and Cabaiguan lines, I was excited to hear that Pete Johnson was extending the Cabaiguan line to include several vitolas with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. I find the Cabaiguan guapos with the sungrown wrappers to be spicy and delicious, so it wasn't a tough decision to buy a box when I found them available. Since the purchase, I've smoked a handful of the sticks from the box marked July '08, and they've been very consistent, which should be expected given the credentials of the Pepin/Johnson team that created them.

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Cabaiguan Belicoso Fino

Cabaiguan Belicoso Fino

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CabaiguanOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5.25 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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The golden wrapper makes me think mild, but the logo of Tatuaje makes me think otherwise. One thing that is certain is that Belicoso’s are my favorite size and this Cabaiguan is one of the best Belicoso’s I’ve seen. The construction is flawless and the quality of the wrapper is great.

In the flavor department you will get some creamy earthy flavors with a slight and gentle spicy undertone. It’s full in strength, but very easy on the palate. The smoke is heavy, but never leaves any harshness in your mouth. I did notice a change towards the end, with tiny bits of Floral flavors, but the dominant flavors still remain creamy And earthy.

The way a cigar burns can make an okay cigar good or a good cigar fantastic. The Cabaiguan starts off fantastic and ends fantastic. The burn and draw were perfect through out the whole cigar, which only makes me love this cigar even more.

Simply put, I cannot wait to get my hands on some more. The flavors are perfectly balanced and, along with that, you don’t have to worry about the draw or fixing the burn. If you're looking for the perfect smoke for a late afternoon of relaxing, I highly recommend this cigar for you.

Final Note: As much as I LOVE the Tatuaje Series P, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Cabaiguan is my favorite cigar from Pete Johnson.

Final Grade: B+

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