It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new La Verdad Serafines Habano. It is currently only produced in one size called the Corazones, a box-pressed 6×52 cigar with a pigtail cap. An Ecuadorian Habano wrapper secures Dominican Piloto Cubano and Brazilian tobaccos within. Only 1,000 boxes of ten are available with the initial run, but the owner, Doug Owen, has said these will become normal production.
The cold draw is snug and offers an earthy grass. The wrapper produces a mild chocolate and coffee aroma, while coffee and earth emit from the foot. Once lit, I pick up a lot of coffee on the tongue with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, I find light cedar with a creamy peanut note. The coffee picks up on the finish with cinnamon, black pepper, and nutty earth.
After twenty-five minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, there is a bomb of coffee with musty leather. Through the nose, I find hazelnut alongside a cinnamon and nutmeg mix. The finish is short and offers earth, leather, and dry toast. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third ends at fifty-five minutes. There is no change to the draw in this third. On the retro-hale, I pick up grassy leather and cedar. The finish consists of smoky earth and cinnamon. Strength and body continue to remain at a steady medium.
The final third gets me to one hour and twenty minutes. There is a jump in spice on the draw, and I find notes of leather and nutmeg. Through the nose, nutty cedar is complimented by black pepper. The finish is short and simple with bitter earth and toast. Strength and body both finish at the medium mark.
The Serafines Habano is an enjoyable cigar, but it has limited complexity and lacks in depth. The flavors that do make an appearance are good – the coffee flavor is very tasty – but this isn’t a cigar to rush out and buy in bulk. It would make for a nice yard ‘gar or socializing cigar – one you don’t really need to pay much attention to. The $8.25 price tag is a bit steep for the experience, but I can’t say it’s a bad cigar by any means. It’s just a simple smoke that I would recommend trying at least once.