January 29, 2017
Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Hermoso No. 4 (Robusto)
Size : 127 x 19.05 mm (5 x 48)
Weight : 14.26 g
Box year : OCT 2016
Factory Box Code : OMS
Price : $13-£19 each
Founded in 1882, by the already existing factory Antonio Allones, who decided to launch a new brand for fine cigars.
Without modesty, the brand was named “El Rey del Mundo” which literally means “The King of the World”, specialized in Tripla Larga, Totalmente a mano production (long filler completely handmade), sourcing tobacco grown in the premium Vuelta Abajo zone in the western part of Cuba.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
The Choix Supreme (a pre 1960 release) show a beautiful Colorado claro color with the classic red and yellow El Rey del Mundo Band. The wrapper is of a high quality, modestly veined, well rolled as the cup has been applied perfectly. The cigar is soft and pleasant to touch even if the wrapper does not contain much oil.
Easy to cut, and with a good smooth pre- draw, which confirm the fact that the cigar is well rolled.
Once lit the ash is very compact and solid of a light grey color, allowing to smoke 3cm to 4cm without falling.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
The pre-draw reveal very little or almost none of the potential of this cigar, just a little feeling of woodiness and a touch of green pepper.
The cigar is very easy to light. The Draw is smooth, does not take much effort to puff and the combustion is constant.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
During the first third of the cigar we can perceive mainly woodiness, with a hint of spice, a touch of earthiness coming through, and the perception that the cigar is a bit young, as it may need to age more.
The body is light in this first stage, and the flavors lay entirely at the bottom of the palate, vanishing quite quickly and not being very persistent. There are no trace of acidity, just a mild and pleasant bitter aftertaste.
The second third start to get more interesting; the flavors are getting more defined as the strength of the cigar moves from “light” to “light to medium” until the end of the cigar. The burning speed is medium and consistent, allowing the cigar to stay perfectly lit thorough the entire smoke, certainly does not take to many skills to smoke such a cigar. Avoiding you to constantly relight it.
Woody, with pepper and almond notes with that earthiness now persistent as the smok’s density increase and takes more of the palate. We can start to feel some creaminess that was missing at the first part, making feel the cigar much smoother on the palate with a richer structure.
At last, the cigar is at his strength peak, it gets creamier and heartier revealing his flavor at his best, but still burning nicely and smoking evenly also at this stage. The heat increases as we get closer to the end without this burnt overheat feeling, allowing the flavors to linger into the palate with a long finish.
Value : [rating:4/5]
As we all know cigars are slightly more expensive in the UK than anywhere else due to the market high taxation. However for a habanos of less than £20 the pleasure is here. Flavours, textures aromas are delivering. Considering this cigar can be purchased for less dans $12 on the continent I believe the value for pleasure is rather high.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.5/5]
The El Rey del Mundo – Choix Supreme is certainly a decent lovely cigar which is possible to get for a fair price.
It is suitable for all kind of smokers, from the regular afionados to the beginners, and is definitely a good cigar to smoke for whoever wants an easy, not to complex with distinctive flavors and aromas. The cigar’s strength will allow you to either enjoy it for a pre diner smoke or a great afternoon one.
It has a great aging potential, and should be stored in the humidor for several years before releasing its full potential.
January 30, 2017
Thanks to my mentor Manu Harit for helping me to publish my first review!
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