It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I have a custom rolled Cuban cigar from 2014 out of the famed El Laguito factory. This stick comes in at a whopping 6.5×56 – the BHK 56 size found in the Behike line. It is of course comprised of all Cuban tobacco. My experience with custom Cubans has been great, so I have high hopes for this stick coming from such a renowned factory.
The cigar is rolled perfectly with a pigtail cap and the uncanny resemblance of a Behike. The gorgeous wrapper gives off a fruity leather and wood aroma mixed in with the classic smell of Cuban tobacco. I find the same aroma out of the foot. On the first light, I pick up a lot of vegetal earth and cedar. The draw is a bit too snug for my liking.
After thirty-five minutes, the first third finishes out, and I struggle to get smoke on the draw. I pick up some cinnamon and vegetal earth on my tongue. Through the nose, there is a mild mix of black pepper and cedar. On the finish, I find nutmeg with a bit of black licorice. The cigar tastes too young at this point, and strength and body are both at the mild-to-medium mark.
One hour and twenty minutes in, the second third comes to a close. The cigar is still too snug to produce any substantial smoke. On the draw, I find some buttery earth and black pepper. There is only a note of spicy wood coming through the nose. The finish offers me mild flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cedar. Strength and body both settle at the medium mark.
The final third ends at close to two hours, and the flavor profile dwindles. On the draw, I only find mild notes of cinnamon and cedar. The retro-hale gives me more spicy wood, and the finish falls flat with bitter char and acidic grass. Strength and body do not change as they close out at the medium mark, but the draw opens up a bit on this last third.
This cigar was the first custom rolled Cuban blend I have not enjoyed. It was one-dimensional, and the tight draw became very frustrating. It looked wonderful, but this ended up being a case of judging a book by its cover and leaving disappointed. I do recommend custom Cubans if you can find authentic product from reputable sellers, but sometimes, Cuban doesn’t always mean quality. Better luck next time!
Keep it smoky, my friends!