El Reloj Classic cigar looks and feels like a Classic Cuban.

The El Reloj Classic cigar pays homage to the company’s legendary factory, one of the last operating stogie factories in Tampa, Florida. The name of the stick translates to “the watch,” which references the giant clock face that the factory is adorned with. Back in the early 20th century, this clock was one of the only ways for people in the area to keep time. Its status as a historic monument was not lost on the family-owned company and they restored the building recently. With its renovations, the factory is sure to continue producing quality stogies for the J.C. Newman Company for generations to come.


 


This blend is wrapped with an Ecuadorian Sun-Grown Havana seed tobacco. It also consists of a Dominican binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. As this is a value stogie, it comes with some short fillers, but they are taken from the same tobaccos used in the brand’s premium blends. It is only available in a single vitola, an 8 x 53.


 


The stogie is medium brown and has some medium veining, though the seams are well hidden. Reviewers really appreciate the slim, imposing look of the El Reloj Classic cigar, which makes it look and feel like a classic Cuban. The band is red, black and white and features the face of the clock along with the name of the blend. During the prelight draw, reviewers detected some natural tobacco flavors and a hint of black pepper.


 


The initial third of the smoke brings out the tobacco flavors apparent on the prelight. It starts off slightly sweet, but quickly takes on a more robust taste. The tobacco notes dominate the profile in this part of the stick, though it is backed up by some noticeable damp earth and wood flavors. A fairly strong black pepper flavor emerges on the back of the palate and is most noticeable through the nose.


 


In the second-third of the El Reloj Classic cigar, the tobacco flavors taper off some and are replaced by a combination of earth and leather notes. The tobacco flavor remains in this secondary role throughout the second-third and the wood flavors fade out completely. A few aficionados also tasted some coffee in the profile.


 


During the final third of the smoke, the tobacco and earth flavors are the strongest, while the leather drops out from the stick. The stogie holds this combination until the end, though the black pepper adds some heat before the nub. The blend finishes off smooth and a bit hot.


Normally, smokers have to sacrifice some performance when trying out a value blend, but these hold up surprisingly well for their price point. While the burn does require the occasional touch up, reviewers were completely pleased with the draw, which remains fairly open throughout the smoke. This stogie is mild to medium in body and strength, so it is a smart choice for a novice enthusiast looking for an entry cigar. In all, this blend is only a value smoke in price and represents an important part of tobacco history.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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