Cigar Review: Micallef Herencia
Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano
Binder: Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras
Ring Gauge: 52
Size: Box Pressed Torpedo
The Look: The Box Pressed Micallef Herencia Torpedo comes in 20 count boxes laid out in two rows of 10 giving the box a slimline appearance. Inside the cigar features the Micallef family crest with Gomez Sanchez Family 1934 displayed beneath it. A foot band denotes the line, Herencia. The oily looking Habano wrapper is virtually vein free and the cigar is firm to the touch. The foot is well packed and the cigar has a hefty weight to it.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Herencia serves up notes of oats reminding me of Cheerios without the milk. The foot of the cigar serves up a subtle sweetness along with hint of nuttiness. Once the cigar is toasted and lit a distinct marzipan becomes the initial flavor profile.
Moving into the first third, marzipan remains dominant. For those who don’t know marzipan it is a confection made up of sugar or honey and almond oil or extract. For a few puffs the cigar becomes very earthy before pulling back and becoming a secondary note to marzipan and roasted peanuts which are especially noticeable on the retrohale.
The second third of Herencia sees the marzipan slide into the background before fading away around the halfway point as the cigar develops a bread like component, specifically the crust. It jockeys back and forth with roasted notes for the dominant flavor profile. The finish of the cigar is earthy with some spice on the retrohale.
The last third is the spiciest part of the cigar with notes of pepper on the frontend and backend. There are still some bread notes and nuttiness that are mixed in creating a nice depth of flavors with a moderate to long finish.
The Finish: While Micallef is a relatively new brand in the grand scheme of things it’s quickly become established with the cigar becoming a staple in humidors. The Box Pressed Micallef Herencia Habano Torpedo is an extremely smooth and balanced cigar that is worthy of space in your humidor.
Price: $11.69 / $208.99