Continuing the theme of The Cigar Authority podcast we take a look at another bundle cigar. This time we turn to a cigar from the care package, Classic Cuban. The Classic line is available in four different blends; Connecticut, Cameroon, Cuban and Maduro. Today’s cigar review is said to be blended to be reminiscent of Classic Cuban smokes.
Cigar Review: Classic Cuban
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Ring Gauge: 60
The Look: The Classic Cuban comes in bundles of 20 cigars and in this case it features a brown and gold band. The font for the word Classic reminds me of something I would have seen on a softball jersey back in the day. The chocolate colored wrapper has a few noticeable veins and a fair amount of oils. In the hand the cigar is light but firm to the touch with a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw reminds me of a Drakes Coffee Cake which totally catches me off guard. The notes of butter cake and cinnamon almost have me not wanting to light the cigar up. The aroma of the foot of the cigar is completely different with a floral component.
After we toast the cigar the initial notes are cinnamon which carries over from the cold draw. The cinnamon lingers during the beginning of first third before it slowly begin to wane. There is also a subtle pepper on the aroma and a subtle cedar on the retrohale.
The second third sees notes figs and molasses begin to emerge giving the cigar the taste of a hermit. For those that don’t know a hermit is a dessert that dates back centuries. It’s made with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and brown sugar.
The last third continues down the path of the second third with notes of figs and molasses. The finish of the cigar is long, almost too long, but the notes were enjoyable that I welcome the prolonged taste.
The Finish: I was surprised by the amount of flavor this cigar had. To be honest I expected to put it down a lot sooner then I did. The fact that I smoked it past the band is a testament to the fact that a less expensive cigar isn’t necessarily a cheap cigar. While the Classic Cuban doesn’t come off as refined as many higher priced smokes, the flavors I experience will have me coming back again.
Price: $3.19 / $49.99