Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 7.5 x 40
Wrapper : Ecuadorian
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Mexico
Price : ~$7-8 each
I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, but I feel OK smoking it as Empire Cigars just received a couple of boxes!
This is one heck of a hard cigar to come by. It was made under a collaboration of Henke Kelner of Davidoff and Mike Chuisano of Cusano fame. They are hand-numbered and released only once a year.
This cigar has a silky texture, more silky than I have ever felt a leaf of tobacco! It is firm to the touch but draws like a dream.
The first few I tried were very dark, almost Maduro, but this one, I can only assume a new batch, is much lighter.
This cigar tastes like a Kelner blended cigar except it is very strong. This cigar is not spicy like a Camacho or LFD Ligero, it has an underlying strength you only pick up when you blow it out through your nose or try to stand up quickly.
The flavors are very rich, ripe with coffee, toast and wood. This is also a nicely complex cigar. The flavors listed above give way to anise and white chocolate. There is just a touch of cream on the finish.
The burn is dead even and I didn’t need to touch it up.
I enjoyed this thoroughly from beginning to end!