The Esteban Carreras Chupacabra Maduro cigar, like the mythical animal itself, offers a lot of bite. Revealed at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show, it is a sharp looking smoke that features some unique banding and a lot of punch. Also, in homage to the “Goat Sucker,” the stick is also rolled with a shaggy foot, giving it a wild, untamed feel. Aficionados are excited to get their hands on this one, as this brand has produced several acclaimed blends so far. This one is poised to join their ranks.
This stick comes with a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper, and binders and fillers from Nicaragua, making it a puro. The wrapper is the color of milk chocolate and has just a little visible veining. It is box pressed and features two bands. The first band displays the brand mark and is a light blue, dark blue, black and gold. The second band is white, black and gold, and features the name of the brand and some floral designs. The bands have an unusual shape to them that makes it seem like they are locked together. The Esteban Carreras Chupacabra Maduro cigar is available in six formats, including Robusto Grande (5 x 54), Toro (6 x 50), Siglo (6 x 54), Sixty (6 x 60), Lancero (7 x 44) and Double Corona (7 x 54). The pre-light notes evoke some wood, hay, and cocoa notes, with a touch of spice.
Several reviewers state that the first-third of the stick starts off with some hard hitting spice, including both black and white pepper. These flavors start out intense, but slowly back off. This allows some espresso and cocoa notes to fill out the background, while a rich creamy note takes over the profile. The black and white peppers are still present and remain on the palate.
During the second-third of the cigar, a spicy note emerges and replaces the black and white pepper. The flavors shift in this part of the stick, and the most noticeable flavor is a milk chocolate. Some cream and espresso play secondary roles, while hay and oak notes round out the profile.
In the last third of the stogie, reviewers noted that most of the flavors from the second-third are still present. The milk chocolate, espresso, hay and oak are still in the profile, as is the spice. The spice, though, moves to the retrohale during this part of the stick and the cream grows in strength. The smoke ends with a pleasant, but strong, spicy finish.
Though it is sweet and creamy, the Esteban Carreras Chupacabra Maduro cigar is full bodied and near full strength, though it falls just short there. The burn and draw are both strong and perform well. The whole package looks like another success for the boutique roller, and aficionados who like a powerful smoke will find a lot to like here.