Cigar Review: Hidden among the giants

Cigar Review: Everyone it seems has their own cigar blend. We all know about the powerful cigar companies who control the market with large advertising budgets, nation wide sale staff with contacts to B and M’s everywhere.

Sometimes a new or small manufacturer is able to break out and produce a quality product with all the attributes we look for in an outstanding cigar. How do they let the world know about their smokes? It might be word of mouth, a cigar tasting in a regional market or bloggers who might be lucky enough to find a magical blend.

Through my blog  and e mail, Cayena Cigar company contacted me about what they have been producing since 2009. From their press release:

” Legendario Company would have never dreamed his passion for cigars would become an international benchmark for the cigar industry. He started his company with a small beginning, rolling and blending cigars in the small place with two friends, Oscar and Hipolito. Nine years later, the company is a dream come true and orperated in the Dominican Republic.

The focus of making a Cayena cigar was quality: quality tobacco, quality craftsmanship and taking the time necessary to make a truly remarkable cigar. We don’t hurry thing; we just do things the way they are supposed to be done.”

Indeed these are heady words for a company that believes their products are top of the line. Let’s see if I agree. As always, how and where I received the cigar does not influence my subjective review.  If what I write gets you interested, please try the cigar and let me know your thoughts.

Brand/Name of Cigar: Cayena Cigar Toro

Country of Origin: Domincan Republic

Size: 6 x 60

Wrapper: San Andres( Mexico) Connecticut

Binder: Capote Corojo, Olor Dominican 

Filler: Cirollo 98, Ligero, Seco Curojo, Vizo

Shape: Toro

Price: Received gratis for review

Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 12/16/17

Appearance/Construction: Medium brown wrapper looking handsome with a semi oily feel. Construction appears well made, no obvious issues with small veins showing. The cigar has a prominent band and the appearance is striking.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:The first third started with a delicious fruit like combo of cherries and blueberries. This was the main reason it was smooth, and sweet. I  liked the combo as it presented itself. It was creamy without being boring. The flavor was not complex but very satisfying. No spice was present.

By the way the meaning of Cayenas according to the dictionary I consulted means Rose and Hibiscus. The second third was on target with the same profile. There was no  abrupt changes in the overall taste. It stayed with the berry like combo which I think is  a winner.

As I smoked down to the nub, the cigar proved to be a very enticing smoke in the milder category. No spice was showing  throughout any part of the cigar.

Smoking Characteristics:  The cigar was easy to smoke with a light grey steady ash. No battles to relight or plugs to block the smoke. The burn line was true from start to finish.

Conclusion/Overall Impression: A cigar that takes you to an unfettered hour or so without issues is a friend of mine. It was smooth without any hitches. My usual choice is a medium to full-bodied cigar but as with any companion, it is good to go in another direction at times.

Final Thoughts and Numbers:

I would suggest this cigar is a prime choice for your humidor. It gives you a gentle ride without a struggle. That in itself is a fun way to spend an hour in the afternoon. Perhaps if I aged it for a spell, the overall  taste would  have allowed a bit more complexity.  Either way it was a fine smoke. A late entry but this  cigar will be added to my favorite cigars of 2017.

Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.2 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 4 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4.1 out of 5





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