June 1, 2017
Origin : Cuba
Format : Cervantes
Size : 163 mm x 42
Ring : 42
Brand Strength : Medium
Draw : [rating:3/6]
Flavour : [rating:5/6]
Aroma : [rating:5/6]
burn : [rating:4/6]
strength : [rating:3/6]
Overall Quality : [rating:4/6]
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.
As stated on Instagram (don’t forget to follow Cigar Inspector on the social medias), I was craving for an aged El Rey Del Mundo. This one isn’t very old, but I believe after 17 years one can mention it is an aged cigar! Should I mention the incredible price? €14 from La Casa Del Habanos Knokke!!!
Appearance : [rating:4/6]
In the early 2000s Cuba wasn’t producing their finest cigars and were experiencing a shortage like we are experiencing nowadays. My expectations for wrappers from this period are low and will always focus on the blends. There are still plenty of cigars from this period on the market and they are amazing values. This El Rey Del Mundo Lonsdale was beautifully looking, soft on the feeling but with few tiny green spots. Nothing major.
Construction : [rating:3.5/6]
After 17 years in dressed box, this Lonsdale is, no surprised, boxed pressed. The first third was a little too tight. I did a very shallow cut, jut opened the cigar. The density of smoke wasn’t very strong but the cigar was burnt evenly and continuously. Luckily it opened up half way!
Flavor : [rating:5/6]
From the very first draw a surprising flavour complexity appears. Brioche, sweet bread and marzipan are easily recognised. The cigar is very light. The acidity level is low and the ammonia is almost inexistent. The smoke density isn’t high due to the tight draw. As expected a creamy texture builds up slowly. The blend is very delicate and soft. No after taste bitterness due to the age of the cigar.
The draw is still a bit tight but opens up slowly. This shows the cigar isn’t plugged and I knew it would, at one stage, be fine. The flavour profile from the first third remains constant. However the complexity of them creates a feeling a evolution and development. I am extremely satisfied with the beautiful blue smoke, result of this aged tobacco combustion.
The aroma is absolutely fabulous and enchanting. I love the floral notes one can enjoy around me in the room.
The ash is solid as the cigar burnt slowly but evenly. Its colour is white and the association with the blue smokes stunning.
Towards the end of the 2nd part, a dominant vanilla flavour lingers on the palate. Melted with the creamy texture, it is phenomenal!!
The draw is now perfectly fine and the intensity of smoke has, therefore, increased.This develops richer flavours and aromas.
The last third is the most complex one. An awesome sweetness stays on the palate while some “vegetal / grassy” dry feeling is constantly present.
Just like during the whole cigar there is no sign of youthfulness, such as ammoniac or green tobacco. The cigar was perfectly stored by La Casa Del Habanos Knokke and the taste of it is sublime.
The very last centimetre, was fresh with a hint of mint.The creamy texture was replaced by this feeling.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/6]
Aged El Rey Del Mundo never disappoints. If you find them, get them!!
Smooth, sweet, easy, elegant, beautiful… so many words to describe how much I enjoyed this cigar!!
June 7, 2017
I’m somewhat disappointed that you only mentioned LCDH Knokke twice in this review. Now the true purpose of the review is not entirely obvious, maybe some extra praise or a mention or two of their current deals and extraordinary customer service would be appropriate as well.
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