El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme

El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme

Origin : CubaEl Rey del Mundo
Factory Name : Hermoso No. 4 (Robusto)
Size : 127 x 19.05 mm
Ring : 48
Weight : 14.26 g
Box code : JNL SEP 04
Price : ~$10 each
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El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme is the second cigar that I got during my recent trip to Dubai. As the vintage Saint Luis Rey Serie A wasn't exactly as good as I expected, I was ready to experience another disappointment with this quite aged (4 years old) batch of cigars. Fortunately, these turned out to be rather good.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
This is the kind of looks I expect from a good Cuban cigar. The wrapper is beautiful and moderately-veined, it is soft and pleasant to the touch. I was worried by a complete lack of pre-light smell but my worries were useless.

El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme 
Construction : ★★★★☆
The pre-draw was tasteless and quite tight. I easily lit the cigar with two matches and found the draw to be comfortable. The smoke was ample and the ash held for 1.5''.

El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme

Flavor : ★★★★☆
The beginning is pleasantly woody with slight spice, I immediately felt that this is not a young cigar as the balance was perfect. The Choix Supreme is very easy to smoke, it's definitely a great cigar for beginners. As I progressed, I noticed creamy and smooth notes of coffee with milk. In the second third, I was surprised to find more peppery notes. Light- to medium-bodied from the beginning, it becomes more powerful near the last third, with rich honey notes mixed with just a bit of earth and leather.

Value : ★★★½☆
Not exactly a bargain, but a decent price/quality ratio.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
I think that the El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme is very underrated. I can't say that this is a hidden gem though. It has enough flavor and complexity to be a good fit for a morning smoke with a light coffee. I would also recommend this cigar for beginners, can be a nice initiation to Cuban cigars. Definitely worth trying.

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15 Comments on “El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme”

  1. Love the Choix Supreme (got a box from 06). Why? It doesn’t have in your face strength or flavor. It isn’t some unusual size or a limited run of 10 boxes Nationwide. So why do I love the smoke? Because it has what a lot of Non-Cuban cigars lack. Nuance, complexity, depth, and clarity; all wrapped up in a light to medium bodied smoke.

    Most of the best Non-Cuban cigars, I believe, are on the strong to way too strong level of strength. Sure there is plenty of flavor, however many of the flavors tend to be muddled and indistinct which I find to be distracting.

    So in short it is a type of smoke that is hard to find if one goes to Non-Cuban cigar makers (which play to the trends of the American cigar market). Perhaps the Choix Supreme is a throw-back to a different time. . .

  2. Good smoke. No hype, no fuss – just a quality Cuban robusto (or whatever the real factory name is). Right construction, decent flavors.

  3. Great tasting stick for an attractive price. Frequent problems with draw though – I wish I could get more smoke out of the Choix Supreme.

  4. Saint Jimbob says:

    Ahh, my very first habana. The one I smoked had been on the mainland for quite a while, and smoked impeccably. Bright cedar, leather, and just a little earthiness made for a revelatory experience. Yet, it was somehow familiar.

    The flavors reminded me of a couple Dominican cigars, the Cusano CC, and the Monticristi “Cohiba” clone. Both of those cigars were trying to emulate the flavors of real Cuban cigars, and they definitely hit a few of the right notes compared to the ERdM Choix Supreme.

  5. How did it go with the Mojito!

  6. Does not really seem like I would enjoy spending ten dollars on this smoke.

  7. Saint Jimbob says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily spend $10 on this smoke either, but if they were legally available in the US, I’d go to $7 per stick on these. They are a good smoke, but not mind-blowingly good.

  8. I have just smoked one of these for the first time, and I loved the cigar! My favorite robusto so far had been the Ramon Allones Specially Selected, which I think is a very tasty, classy smoke that doesn’t overwhelm your senses. The ERdM goes in the same way, I think. I was very impressed by the richness and variety of tastes in a cigar that is never overpowering. I could identify nutty and woody flavors and the last third was just amazing. Construction was very good, with a nice ash. The draw was unusually loose for a cuban stick, but made it very easy to smoke, producing large amounts of very white smoke with no effort. I still consider myself as a beginner (mainly in the cuban cigar department!), and I think this is a great smoke for starters.

  9. This medium-bodied (on the milder side) Cuban is a real treat. It tastes so good (woody start, honey, coffee and nutmeg later) that I almost find myself inhaling the smoke. Great experience.

  10. Soberberg says:

    Delicious, sweet and creamy. Paired with a sweet coffee, it sends me straight to heaven!

  11. One of the most under-rated and under-valued Cuban cigars on the market. The mix of flavors is truly amazing, especially if they have a little bit of age on them. As a side note, make sure it’s not too moist (get them out of the humidor for 24 hours before smoking) or you might run into burn and draw issues.

  12. cremeux,du miel,tout en finesse,excellent.

  13. I’ve had two now over the course of the last month and wanted to enjoy them so much. The aromas were very pleasant and the taste, when I managed to get some, was very very pleasing. However in both instances, I sufferred from jaw fatigue before I even reached the band. My bactch was from an Apr 11 date so given that over a year has passed, I was hoping the draw loosened a bit… it didn’t. The draw on both was extremely difficult and I only managed to get limited amounts of smoke despite my best efforts. I have not had a great experience with these cigars and believe in the reviews that consistently rate this cigar well but I wish my batch wasn’t so tightly packed that results in my lack of ability to enjoy this cigar to its fullest. I’ll let them sit a bit hoping more age helps but I am of the view that I got some tighter rolled cigars which in turn is leading to the aforementioned problems.

  14. I smoked one of these yesterday and loved it. Great reviews, guys. Keep them coming.

  15. El Rey del Mundo – Demitasse (half hour)

    Prelight: very easy draw. Slight evidence of leaf veins, well rolled (very uniform – machine?). Cap liable to compression if cut carelessly.
    First ⅓: very gentle classic cigar note (almost as if diluted). Quite dry. Very even burn leaving silver birch ash column. Cool draw, creamy smoke, like rich milk chocolate.
    Second ⅓: similar to first. Will easily flameout, but re lights without bitterness. Requires retro-inhale to get full flavour. Draw remains cool, no lip burn.
    Final ⅓: draw getting harder, slight build up of moisture at head, getting hotter. Some bitter notes, burnt chestnuts. Effort to draw outweighs actual flavour derived.
    In sum: Not adventurous. Does not get boisterous making it a safe beginner’s cigar allowing the palate to adjust to the subtle flavours. Owes more to the smell than taste. Goes well with cafe latte. Final part requires an espresso to complement it.

    Needs careful selection of right moment as it will easily get swamped by other flavours.

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