Cigar Review – Cuaba Distinguidos

Origin : CubaCuaba
Format : Romeo (large double figurado)
Size : 162 mm (6"4) x 52
Ring : 52
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 12,50 / $ 14.00 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Burn : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★★★★★

Cuabas are easy to recognise as the brand only produces double figurados cigars. The port folio now holds 5 different sizes. The smaller one may be challenging in terms of draw as they require more skills and attention due to the complex shape. The bigger sizes too but a minor mistake won't plugged completely the cigar. The distinguidos is the second largest size still in production. The bigger one being the Salomones.

Cigar Tasting

Like for all the double figurados out on the market the first part, where we light the cigar is so thin that the surface of draw is very little. Something you can have the feeling of being plugged because it is hard to pull. It is normal for be patient to reach to widest part of the cigar where the blend will fully express itself.

To start the feeling is very fresh, the first few puffs are tight as expected and a very cool smoke come out. Not much flavours to it, this is because we burn mainly the wrapper and the binder.
It takes quite a lot of time to get to the wide curve to get the cigar to open.Once there, a slight saltiness appears. Straight away you can appreciate the great strength for an after dinner cigar. The cigar has a medium length on the palate. No bitterness so far but a slight acidity reminding you of a citrus notes.

The draw is impeccable. The high density of smoke is very enjoyable, round and thick on the palate.

I really enjoy the aroma, expressing a good quality Cuban. On the palate it’s a bit more shy but we are still at the beginning of the first part. Very citrusy and slightly salty.
So far the ash looks good and solid as you can see on the picture below.

Great burn so far. Sometimes the double figurados can burn funnily right after reaching the widest point because we have puffed too hard to get there. The draw is still great with the right balance between loose and a bit of resistance.

The flavours turn a bit green and the smoke remains very fresh in its feeeling, less round and longer in the palate.

A slight bitterness appear toward the end of the first third. The Cuaba distinguidos is very slow to consume. I am still in the first part after like 35 minutes. Really packed of tobacco.

Arriving half way it is getting very strong. What a powerful cigar! A bit of bitterness appears and the flavours remain herbal.

Nice creaminess and nuttiness arrive in the second part. However still this back of the tongue bitterness persist. The Cuaba distinguidos is definitely what we call a very rich tobacco blend. This is the strongest cigar I smoked in a while.

Towards the end of the second part, a slight nuttiness comes and no more herbal notes. Flavours are rounder and the smoke is felt out to the throat due to the power it develops.

The Last part is very surprising:
Roasted nuts feeling and slightly sweet. Not easy to get the flavours toward the end as the strength increases. Clearly a cigar to enjo after dinner.

Very high density of smoke the blend is much more balanced. Almost no more bitterness and only the nice vegetal notes coming up.
It gets stronger and stronger!

As I was just thinking on leaving the cigar die on the ashtray I blew in it hard and had a puff and a whole new flavour profile appeared. Sweet creamy soft and velvety...

What a complex smoke!!

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