Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Petit Robusto
Size : 115 x 20.64 mm (4.5 x 52)
Release : 2011
Cigars smoked for the review : 3
Price : 12 EUR each
El Rey del Mundo NL No. 1 is one of the cigars that I acquired during my trip to Amsterdam. Released in 2011, it’s a quite special regional edition – instead of releases limited to Benelux like the ones we’re used to (Juan Lopez, Fonseca No.4 …), this one is exclusivo Paises Bajes, which means that you can only purchase it in the Netherlands. I bought a three-pack of these short robustos at 12 EUR / piece and have been smoking them during my trip.
Appearance : Rating:
This cigar has a great appearance with only minimal veins and a smooth, silky Colorado wrapper in a nice chocolately medium brown color. There are several colorful bands around the cigar (the ERDM band, the regional edition band and the special Dutch band that shows the cigar’s price – this one is fairly useful!). It does take a while to get them all off though…
Construction : Rating:
This cigar offers a nice draw and burns evenly throughout. The experience lived up to what I’d expect from my initial impressions of the appearance.
Flavor : Rating:
It was hard to know what to expect as far as flavor and aroma was concerned because the guys in the cigar shop couldn’t really describe the NL No. 1. The pre-light draw tasted of hay. Once I got it going, however, what I smelled and tasted was mostly a combination of leather and cream. There is some peppery spice and in the background a faint whiff of cocoa. Second third is leathery still, but now there’s an earthy backdrop. At the close of the middle third, there is a toasty flavor, a bit like wheat. This may have been what I was detecting on pre-light. The final third is mostly cocoa, bitter, rich, and full. These flavors and aromas are interesting to be sure, but I feel like there is a bit of dissonance between them.
Value : Rating:
The El Rey del Mundo NL No. 1 I purchased cost me 12 €. These are fairly expensive, and if you purchase them by the box, you’re going to be making a bit of an investment.
Overall Rating : Rating: (3.75)
There’s no doubt that this is a good cigar, but there are a couple of things that could make it better. I like that there is a lot of variety in the flavors and aromas, and the construction is great. The bitter cocoa finale is kind of like dessert after a meal of toasty wheat and other delicious flavors. My only complaint would be that the flavors weren’t as well integrated or blended as they could be. There was a scattered feeling about the flavors, which might be resolved with a bit of aging. The only other complaint I would have is with the price, which is a bit steep for me, though one of these aged could be great for a special occasion. So, a good purchase, though I’m not sure how many of these I’d want to purchase until I know how they age. And not sure that I’ll ever know, as I smoked all of the samples I had…