Amateur hour is almost upon us as St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. There are a few things that are synonymous about the holiday in March. Drunks, Green Beer, Parades, Shamrock Shakes and Candela cigars. So as the holiday draws near, I figured I would drop a review of a Candela a cigar that is needed to truly enjoy the holiday.
Cigar Review: Dos Hombres Candela
Size: 7.5 x 50 (Churchill)
The Look: The Dos Hombres Candela comes packaged in a bundle of 20 cigars. The candela wrapper has a smooth look to it with minimal veins and an even color. One of my favorite things about the appearance of Candela cigars is the contrast of the filler tobacco versus the green wrapper. In the hand the cigar is firm, with no voids of tobacco and a nice weight.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Dos Hombres Candela has a mint like note to it, and hits of chocolate sweetness, in fact before lighting this up I had to fight off the urge to run out and get a candy bar and a Shamrock Shake. The nose off the foot has hints of cedar, hay and some subtle spice.
Once the cigar is lit, I am surprised by how smooth the cigar is. There are notes of nuts and earth and an ever so slight vegetal component that is expected from a Candela wrapper. It is so slight that I was hesitant to mention it. What I do want to mention is how thin the combustion line is on this cigar.
The second third of the cigar becomes toasty with notes of toasted bread, cedar and nuttiness. Through the nose the cigar has some subtle pepper and hints of mint which takes me back to the cold draw. Some sweetness begins to develop as well as the second third comes to a close.
The last third of the cigar comes off as Nicaraguan, with an abundance of nice spicy notes that don’t overpower the senses. There is some nuttiness along with a bit of earth on the relatively short finish.
The Finish: The Dos Hombre is one of my favorite Candela releases. So much so I smoke a couple of them throughout the year. It’s not as vegetal as many others on the market and it is incredibly smooth. If you like Candela cigars you definitely should give this one a shot, and if you never had a Candela before this is an excellent introduction to the wrapper.
Price: $3.89 / $58.99