Origin : Cuba
Format : Montesco
Size : 130 mm x 55
Ring : 55
Brand Strength : Medium
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Overall Quality :
El Rey Del Mundo , translated the king of the world, was created in 1882 with a very modest vision. Since then, the marca has produced some of the finest habanos on the market.
Easily recognisable by its creamy texture, El Rey Del Mundo tends to develop very elegant blend with a massive ageing potential.
Lately it has been hard to find this brand on our shelves and the Medaille d'or No.2 or No.4 are just stunning smoke that I would die for.
Cubacigar, the Benelux distributor for Habanos, is about to release a cigar exclusively made for Belgium and Luxembourg. Despite their small territory surface, these two countries are important Cuban Cigars market. Especially Belgium, counting some 7 or more internationally known cigar shop including few franchises of La Cash Del Habanos. For such countries the brand for their 2017 regional edition was perfectly chosen.
The cigar will come in 6000 numbered boxes of 10 cigars. Cubacigar has chosen a very trendy vitola, the Montesco! With 130mm of Length and 55 ring gauge. This vitola is being seen on many regional editions lately and was originally made for the world known Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchill.
As you may have realised, I love Claro to Colorado Claro wrappers. The El Rey Del Mundo CHoix du Roi, translated the "King's choice', wears a perfectly smooth light coloured wrapper. Its feeling is very soft but not that oily. Few veins are visible on the picture however nothing was shocking while holding it and no veins were popping up.
Life is not like a box of Belgian chocolate, life is like a box of Cuban cigars, you never know what you will get inside! And thanks god the one chosen seemed perfectly fine. Ferm but not hard as a rock. A feeling of a perfectly tight and packed of tobacco cigar from the head to the foot.
However, half way through the cigar a slight crack appeared and the wrapper got damage. As you may know, Cuba is struggling lately with harvesting high quality and strong wrappers. Sadly this type of crack happens often on recent releases. Luckily not affecting the blend nor the smoke as I didn't event have to adjust the cigar by burning a side or another. This shows that the cigar was perfectly rolled but with a weak wrapper and binder.
The first few puff develop an intense creaminess. It was actually positively surprising to me as I wasn’t expected such a smooth and elegant flavour straight from the beginning as the cigar is so young
The draw is excellent, the aroma coming out of the cigar is so rich and intense that it takes up the whole space with a phenomenal cuban cigar fragrance. Pleasing all your senses.
The El Rey Del Mundo Choix du Roi is starting very light and its flavours aren't lingering much on the palate which makes is very easy to enjoy.
The burn is constant and doesn't require any effort to keep the cigar lit. As you can see on the first picture, I was smoking it with my morning coffee and could easily leave the cigar on the ashtray for few minutes, it would stay lit for long.
Half way through it started cracking but luckily it was minor (and sadly usual) therefore it did not affect the smoke draws and flavours.
The second third started getting a bit stronger and slightly loosing its great creaminess for some cedar wood notes turning into woodiness and earthiness. Some may not like it I was actually intrigued by the strong turn of flavour.
The ammonia due to the youthfulness of the cigar starts to appear in the last third and overtakes sadly the beautiful flavours complexity that was built until this point.
I let it cool down a bit not to overheat it and the flavours can really express themselves again. The typical brand flavour profile comes back, creaminess with fresh vanilla aromas!
Towards the very end of the smoke, a slight sweetness shows up before the youthfulness of the cigar gives us its last notes of slight ammonia and medium strength cigar.
Overall Rating :
I love elegant bland and old school brands. Very pleased to see an El Rey Del Mundo in that format. Sceptical about the balance of the blend on the paper however, the cigar was very balanced all the way. Of course it showed few signs of youth and freshness, however nothing that would bother me and overtake the whole blend. Give it few years and this will be a beast of a smoke creamy all the way!