Today at work we are a little short-handed so I had to reach into my humidor to smoke something small. Being that we smoked the Hirochi Robaina on The Cigar Authority radio show yesterday, I decided to smoke something that my friend Lawrence was kind enough to send us. Check out the show, and see how we raved about the HR cigar.
According to the Cubanacan website their tale begins in the rich tobacco history of Cuba. As the stories of tradition and quality were passed from generation to generation, that tradition was carried forward to the fertile soil of Esteli and Jalapa Nicaragua in 2006 where they started to grow our own tobacco. Shortly after they established their factory in Esteli with just five pairs of rollers set out to create cigars that will share our story with the world.
Cigar: Cubanacan Habano
Size: 4.5 x 42 (Chatos)
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
The Look: A diminutive cigar with a flawless looking Habano wrapper that has a silk like appearance stands out. The cigar is flawlessly rolled with a beautiful white band with red foil denoting the company name (Cubanacan) and the blend (Habano). The cap is flawless and the cigar has a nice weight to it with a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw served up notes of hay and not much else. The foot was a different story though as the aroma had notes of cinnamon and wood.
In the initial light and into the first third of the cigar there is a sweetness that borders on molasses and some cinnamon spice. Through the nose there is some considerable spice that reminds me of wasabi.
In the second third of the Cubanacan Habano there is some continued sweetness on the palate in the form of molasses and through the nose remain spicy. Although the notes are consistent in the first two-thirds of the cigar the yin and yang of the sweet vs spice keeps the cigar interesting.
In the last third of the stick, the spice fades as does the sweetness. The cigar has a coffee note with hints of earth on a relatively short finish.
The Burn: For such a small cigar I am surprised at how slow burning this stick was. The light color ash held for almost half the cigar which is a surprise given the small ring gauge. The draw was iconic, and the burn line thin and true. The cigar remained lit from first light to last puff.
Overall: A lot of people never heard of Cubanacan before the release of Robaina. The cigar is flavorful and enjoyable but make no mistake it is very different then the ultra premium HR Habano 2000 release. It is a cigar I would smoke again, and it is a line I will keep my eyes out for in the future.