Cigar review: Early Christmas present/ Isabela Cigar Company, Shape-Shifter

Cigar review:

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a cache of cigars from the Isabela Cigar company for review. This is their newest  blend called the 2018 Shape-Shifter. The Isabela Cigar company has been very favorably reviewed  by cigar bloggers and the cigar press. Their products are new to me, so this will be my first review of their smokes. As always how and where I receive the cigar does not impact my subjective judgment.

Please smoke the cigar and make your own take. 

From their website:

Isabela was created in 1997 when my journey to source a truly unique cigar experience led me to the sun-beaten streets of Old Little Havana, Miami. That’s where I met the legendary Cuban Master Vicente Ortiz.

The rich sweet smells of fresh tobaccos and chatter of ex-pat Cubans in and around his small, gated pink “fabrica” on Flagler street was the perfect setting for Vicente to tell me the history of his cigars. He also mixed in more than a few stories about his life as a young man in Cuba, and our conversations transported me back to a very special time when pride and devotion to craftsmanship truly meant something.

Over several years, Vicente mentored and taught me about the inner workings of cigar making, and the art of combining, priming and aging various tobaccos to create the unique identity and magical profiles of the Isabela cigars that we created together.

Now in 2015, we have carefully and meticulously ramped up production to make Isabela available nationwide. Isabela cigars are rolled by one of six pairs of level 9 + Cuban Master rollers, each with over 30 years of experience. We utilize traditional Cuban methods of artisan custom master rolling, each finished in tres capa and sealed with a sugar-based sealant.

We offer our Isabela cigars in five standard sizes, complimented by limited seasonal releases. We truly hope you enjoy the flavors, personality, history, and the unique identity of the cigars we have created — from the sun-to-seed, stem-to-leaf and to our souls.

— Johnny, Isabela Cigar Company

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Size: 6 x 50

Wrapper: Ecuadorian, Connecticut, and Nicaraguan Habano, Prieto
Binder: Primary Nicaragua
Shape: Toro
Price: MSRP, $8.95
            Luxury box of 12, $129.00
            Holiday Sampler, Box of 5, $60.00, Luxury
Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 11/25/18 Received gratis for review from Isabela Cigar Company
Appearance/Construction: An attractive, barber pole wrapper, almost flawless in appearance. With the nature of a barber pole there are several small veins showing but does not mar the overall look. Soft to the touch , slightly oily and smooth.  The cigar band in caps, touts the name of the brand.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: First third Nice combo of mint, chocolate, and cream.  Getting very positive vibes from the smoke. It’s a candy bar in the shape of a cigar.
Second third: An added hint of citrus and mild spice. The additional flavor gives the cigar a fabulous, complex nature.
Final third: The cigar continues to be pleasing and fun to smoke. Received another stronger spice hit. This brought the cigar to another level.
Smoking Characteristics: Burning true with no issues of any sort. Construction was solid with a light grey ash.
Conclusion/Overall Impression: You never know where you will find a cigar winner. Isabela Cigars has produced a top of the line smoke and part of my favorite cigars of the year.
Appearance/Construction: 4.5 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.5 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 4.5 out of 5
Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4. 5 out of 5
I will be interested in trying their other blends too.
Keep smoking
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