October 3, 2008
Origin : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$2 each
I’d like to thank the generous folks at La Caya Cigars for giving me a chance to try their products.
Underneath the cedar wrapping is a very nice looking golden cigar. The few visible veins and satiny feel promise a nice mellow smoke.
I punch it and it gives me a great pre-light draw. After toasting the foot and lighting it up, I am rewarded with ample smoke volume and an even burn. Initially I pick up a slight vanilla note with some slight acidity. As I smoke further I am inundated with a mellow oakiness with some leather. The La Caya Natural also has a slightly sweet finish, which is short.
This is a great morning/lunchtime smoke that delivers lots of flavor with a nice mild-medium strength.
Rating: 88 (B+)
Right off the bat, one thing that is unique about this cigar is the Brazilian wrapper. More often then not, Brazilian leaves are very rough looking, but this is a smooth looking wrapper with small veins and no wrinkles. It is firm to the touch and gives me an easy pre-light draw.
As I light this stick, what I notice right away is that this is a rich cigar. This robusto is full in body but medium in strength.
I pick up a wide variety of flavors, first a nice strong black coffee which is dry on the palate. As it progresses, there is a subtle sweetness with a nice long earthy finish. The draw is briefly tight during the middle but this is a rewarding full-flavored smoke that can be enjoyed after a nice hearty meal or when you want to unwind at the end of the day.
This toothy cigar has a nice medium brown shade and a good firm feel. The draw is nice and easy with a fairly even burn and tons of smoke volume.
The cigar has a spicy and cedary aroma; much like apple cider. As I make my way through the cigar, I notice a slight spice in the background, but also with a sweetness that yields a nice rich flavor.
Towards the end I am rewarded with a touch of coffee and oak which then becomes rich and leathery. This is a nice complex smoke that is medium to full bodied with a medium strength.
This was by far my favorite of the samples sent by the generous folks at La Caya Cigars.
Rating: 89 (B+)
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