The Cubanacan Connecticut cigar is part of the company’s core line, and it remains one of the areas of focus for the established brand. Since 2006, the relatively small stogie maker has grown steadily, and is now making some significant moves in the industry. The one maneuver that’s grabbed the most attention is bringing in master blender and personality Hirochi Robaina to help produce the HR blend. However, the company has also added to its sales force, pushed into new markets, and just focused more on the business side overall. As a result, it is paring down its efforts so that it can get the most out of a smaller portfolio, and the extra effort is certainly apparent with this blend.

The Cubanacan Connecticut cigar is made with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, an Ecuadorian binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. Given the wrapper involved, it’s a dark looking stick, landing just on the darker side of beige. It is scored with a network of faint veins and is coated with a layer of oil, giving it a highly reflective appearance. The wrapper is maroon, gold and white, and features the name of the brand and a lot of geometric ornamentation. It’s the kind of design one might find in a Cabana club. It comes in several sizes, including Chatos (4 1/2 x 42), Rothchilds (5 x 50), Gordo (6 x 60), Piramide (6 1/8 x 52) and Churchill (7 x 50).

The cold draw is said to be an interesting one, with a combination of pumpkin and sunflower seeds pairing with some damp wood notes. Once lit, the seed flavors drop away from the profile, and are replaced with a mix of cedar and nutty flavors. There isn’t any pepper present, but a spicy note which most resembles cedar spice shows up through the nose and produces a strong tingling sensation. And right before the initial third comes to a conclusion, the pumpkin seed flavor comes back and adds a touch of sweetness to the finish.

In the middle third of the Cubanacan Connecticut cigar, the sweetness is ramped up some with the emergence of vanilla and cedar flavors. A few puffs into the second third and a faint taste of lemon enters the mix, slowly gathering steam. By the midway point, the lemon and cream are the primary flavors, and one reviewer described it as the taste of lemon cake.

During the last third of the stogie, the sweetness come to a halt, and the profile makes the switch to savory flavors instead. They include butter and bread, along with the spice, cedar and nuts that have formed the core of the profile throughout the smoke. It’s this combination that the stogie sticks with until the last draw.

The stick offers a draw and burn that are both on point, and with its medium body, it’s on the stronger side given the profile. However, it’s still highly accessible and should be stashed in every aficionado’s humidor.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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