October 12, 2010
Origin : Honduras
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.13 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador (Cajuca)
Filler : Nicaragua (Habano)
Binder : Nicaragua/Honduras
Price : $95 for a box of 25
Thanks to Cuba Caiman Cigars for providing a sampler!
The Cuba Caiman cigars is the brainchild of Don Pedro Estevez who owns Tabacalera Danan in Honduras. These cigars come in four styles – Connecticut, Habano, Maduro and a Barber Pole – in many of the standard vitolas. Today’s cigar is the Cuban Caiman Connecticut-wrapped Torpedo.
Appearance : [rating:3.5/5]
The wrapper is light, milk chocolate brown in color and it appears very rustic. Some veins are visible and this torpedo seems to have three caps holding it together. It feels soft to the touch and it is dull with no sheen seen.
I had a very difficult time removing the band from the cigar. After a few attempts, I decided that it was not worth damaging the cigar, so I left it. My hope was that once the cigar got warmed up, it would make it easier to remove; I did not help as the band was still difficult to remove.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
No soft spots were identified. The cigar offered a lot of resistance which indicates that it was well packed with tobacco.
The cigar produced a dark charcoal grey ash which was tapped off at about 1 in to see if the draw would improve; it helped, but not much.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
The wrapper had a mild barnyard smell while the foot had a sweeter aroma, almost like sweet nectar from a flower.
During the pre-light draw, a grape-like taste filled the mouth although it took a lot of lung capacity to get the aroma since the draw was tight. A slight saltiness was felt right at the tip of the tongue.
After firing up the cigar, a very sweet taste hit my lips, but it quickly disappeared. It was replaced by what I would call a fresh bread and butter taste. About 0.75 in. into it, the flavor changed to leather notes.
The strength of this torpedo seemed to increase about halfway into the cigar. The milder flavors were replaced by roasted coffee and a slight nuttiness.
The cigar had a short finish which was predominantly felt at the roof of the mouth.
Value : [rating:4.5/5]
At about $3.80/cigar, this is one of the least expensive cigars out in the market. If you can live with the draw issues, this cigar is worth the investment.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.5/5]
The main issue with the cigar was the very tight draw which really made it difficult to enjoy the flavors. It could just be a one-off issue and, unfortunately, I do not have another Cigar Caiman Torpedo to make the comparison. As I mentioned earlier, the “price is right” if you can put up with the struggle. Personally, I do not like to struggle with a cigar as it is meant to be a relaxing experience. The flavors are pretty good and this is the type of cigar that would make a good first or morning cigar.
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