What is your cigar story? Cubanacan cigars states on their website that theirs “is not just one of our past, but one that is still being written.” Inspired by Cuba and taking permanent roots in Nicaragua, Cubanacan started in 2006 growing their own tobacco and their brand from a handful of dedicated craftsmen to a cigar brand that can now be enjoyed worldwide. Because I love a great story, I decided to help add to the narrative that is the cigar line named after the company itself.
With what I believe is a little something for everyone, the flagship line consists of three beautiful cigars; the Connecticut, the Habano and the Maduro. For this post, we’ve decided to do something a little different and share our experiences with all three, breaking them down so that you can seek them all of out or zero in on whichever one best suits your palette.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Vitola for Eval: Gordo, 6 x 60
Visually, this cigar lines up with what I’ve come to expect from a Connecticut. The roasted peanut-brown colored wrapper was very smooth to the touch and silky. This vitola was a hefty looking one, yet the leafs were light in weight. Not once while holding it did I feel overwhelmed by the shear size of the 60 in ring gauge cigar.
Using a straight, guillotine cut, this big old cigar had a easy and smooth draw. Once lit, the Cubanacan Connecticut gave off an herbal taste to start. Tasting more spice (of the baking variety) than cream, the shear volume of filler to Connecticut wrapper ratio allowed the body and strength of the blend to shine through. In the Mild-Medium body range, I felt as if the flavor met my expectation of a good morning/afternoon stick to pair with coffee.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Vitola for Eval: Rothschild, 5 x 50
This cigar definitely has a different feel from the Connecticut. This rustic, darker cigar didn’t give off distinctive notes on the dry draw but gave me plenty to work with once I fired it up.
The 1st third had notes of toast, rose, leather and a slight sugar, with a lingering red pepper on the retrohale. Though the draw on the Habanos seemed to be a little tighter than the others, there were no issues with the burn or the draw.
The 2nd third remained rosey, but transitioned to an earthy, citrus-like zest. Every once in a while I smelled a little caramel on the draw. Ending pleasantly smooth and cool, the strength actually decreased slightly towards the end and left impressions of leather.
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Vitola for Eval: Lonsdale, 6.5 x 42
The Cubanacan Maduro is simply pretty to look at. The deep, dark oscuro wrapper drew me in with it’s oiliness and tooth. On dry draw, the Maduro smells of oak, chocolate and hay.
After lighting, I couldn’t help but to notice how smokey it was, offering thick clouds of smoke with each puff. The 1st third was very rich and sweet, as it tasted like the coffee I enjoy on my way to work in the mornings.
The lonsdale vitola is a perfect fit for this blend in my opinion as you really taste the wrapper and it burns slowly and flawlessly. The 2nd third gave off more notes of oak and sweetness that I enjoyed to the very end.
As I stated earlier, Cubanacan definitely has something for everyone with this line of cigars. Whether you’re in the mood for something mild or stout, sweet or spicy, you can take your pick and enjoy. You can choose one based on the descriptions above or pick up all three, but definitely experience Cubanacan for yourself and help to write their story.
Cigars for this post were provided to CigaHr.com by Cubanacan.