Hey, hey, hey! It’s Stog o’Clock once more, and this time, I smoke and review a cigar from a company I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about lately. The Esteban Carreras Chupacabra has a fancy pigtail cap, and the wrapper extends slightly to partially enclose the clean-cut foot. The size I have for this review is not listed on the manufacturer’s website, but I estimate it to be a 4×40 stick. The Chupacabra is a Nicaraguan puro with a very oily Habano Oscuro wrapper that gives off a grassy tobacco aroma with some raisin coming out of the foot.
The first light reveals a black pepper spice that is complimented with leather and graham cracker. Through the nose, there is more black pepper with notes of wood and earth. The smoke is very thick and oily.
The first third lasts twenty minutes. There is sweet leather with black pepper on the draw. The smoke continues to be thick and oily. Through the nose, I pick up a buttery cedar with bold leather. On the finish, there is a super strong coffee with cane sugar sweetness. The body and strength are at the medium mark.
After thirty minutes, I finish the second third. The cigar is smoking faster now. On the draw, there is delightful smoky leather with a sweet coffee and chocolate mix. The retro-hale gives me sweet toast with cayenne pepper and oak. The finish is lasting with notes of peanut-like nuttiness alongside earth, leather, and more cane sugar sweetness. The body is now at the full mark, but the strength still sits at a steady medium.
The final third puts me at forty minutes. On the draw, there is a balanced mix of cocoa, leather, coffee, spice, and sweetness. Through the nose, there is black pepper spice, leather, and more oak. The finish gives me a tobacco core with a nutty earth. The cane sugar has now dissipated, and there is a bomb of leather on the end of the finish. Strength and body are at the medium mark throughout the last third.
Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise. I hadn’t smoked any cigars from Esteban Carreras prior to this review, but I have to say, this will certainly not be my last. The Chupacabra is a wonderful blend with a solid flavor profile and decent complexity. I recommend giving it a try, and I wish I could find this same size to hoard in my own humidor. It makes for an awesome short smoke. Consider me a believer in this mythical creature!
Until next puff,