The Eiroa First 20 Years gets a TAA Exclusive. This Diadema uses a Mexican seed grown in Honduras at the Eiroa family farm called Finca Corojo for the wrapper. The binder and fillers include a special varietal of tobacco called La Victoria that is being grown on Generoso Eiroa’s farm named La Victoria marking the first time in 60 years that the seed has been harvested. Today we review the Eiroa The First 20 Years Diadema TAA Exclusive 2018 that Christian Eirora calls a beautiful and elegant cigar meant.
Cigar Review: Eiroa The First 20 Years Diadema TAA Exclusive 2018
Wrapper: Honduras (Mexican Seed)
Ring Gauge: 48/60
The Look: Packed in 10 count boxes, the cigars are laid out in a see-sawing pattern. The Eiroa Diadema is partially covered in tissue paper, like the other sizes in the Eiroa First 20 Years line. The dark wrapper is flawless in appearance and the stick is rolled to absolute perfection. The band is red, gold and black while denoting The First 20 Years, however, there is nothing showing TAA exclusivity on the packaging. In the hand the cigar has no soft spots and the tip features a longer nipple then most salomons.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Diadema shaped Eiroa First 20 Years has a note that reminds me of Dubble Bubble which has been made by Fleer since 1928. There is also a hint of cedar present that also appears on the aroma of the wrapper and foot. After toasting the foot, I was shocked had how incredible the draw was. I had expected it to take a bit to open up, but that was not the case as a subtle cinnamon note emerged from the opening puffs.
As we progress into the first third the subtle cinnamon notes remain as notes of cocoa and cedar become dominant. At times the cigar has a nice sweetness while at other moments it’s woodsy. The two notes play well with each other, and as the first third comes to a close some espresso begins to develop. The retrohale serves up some pepper and chocolate notes while the cigar has a moderate finish.
The second third of the cigar sees a subtle vanilla cream develop giving the cigar a white chocolate feel to it. There is still a touch of cinnamon present and the cedar notes that were dominant begin to pull back. The finish of the cigar is still moderate in length with a touch of espresso. The retrohale offers up a touch of anise and black pepper.
I smoked the last third of the cigar until there was around a half-inch left. The last third continues to showcase notes of white chocolate, cedar, cinnamon and coffee. The retrohale saw some of the espresso notes enhanced, with elements of black pepper and a continued anise that is there if you look for it. The cigar remained cool until the end even when the pepper notes become dominant just before I put the cigar down.
The Finish: This cigar is now the benchmark of all things diadema/salomon. From construction to draw to flavor. It was extremely complex from the get go and Christina Eiroa’s quote of “beautiful and elegant” was spot on. It’s not a cheap date, but for a cigar that lasted me nearly 3 hours it definitely had value. This is a cigar to smoke slowly, so be sure to set some time aside to enjoy this masterpiece.
Price: $18.19 / $161.99