The Cubanacan Soneros Habano Cigars Reviewed OnlineThe Cubanacan Soneros Habano cigars are among the few blends that the boutique is focusing on, and like its other releases, it’s a stick that deserves respect. Though the brand has been around for several years, 2014 is when it really took off. A confluence of media attention, smart rebranding, business growth, and a couple of excellent releases have built up a lot of momentum for the company, and it’s carried over into 2015. It helps that a couple of tobacco masterminds are involved in the boutique as well, though most people only focus on Hirochi Robaina. That’s understandable, but someone who deserves just as much credit is Omar Gonzalez-Aleman, a master blender himself whose family has been in tobacco for several generations. It’s his vision that is on display in this stogie, and it’s another sign that the brand is highly formidable.

As for the stick, it is made with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and binder, and a collection of fillers from Nicaragua. It has a medium brown appearance with some slight veining and a smooth feel. The band is stamped gold on black, and features the name of the blend in bold serif type. The Cubanacan Soneros Habano cigars come in five sizes, including a Petite Sublime (3 3/4 x 54), a Campana (5 1/2 x 60), a Gran Robusto (5 1/2 x 60), a Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) and a Toro (6 x 52). The flavors that come through the most cleanly on the cold draw include some grass, earth, wood and nuts.

The initial third of the Cubanacan Soneros Habano cigars is said to go in a different direction from the cold draw, evoking a nice combination of white pepper, cedar, toast, and even some tropical fruit sweetness. A faint nutty flavor comes through on the finish, and reviewers compared it to almond. The cedar and toast notes are the dominant players in the first couple inches, but the tropical fruit adds a dimension that really helps the profile take off.

In the second third of the stick, the mix of flavors holds fairly steady. The cedar and toast flavors are still the most apparent, and the tropical fruit is still a noticeable secondary flavor, but another sweet note emerges, taking on a sugary taste. The nutty flavor also moves to the palate, and the white pepper is most apparent through the nose at this point.

During the last third of the Cubanacan Soneros Habano cigars, the profile switches to some drier notes, and a black pepper shows up and pairs with the white pepper. There is a sizeable shift in flavors as well, as a combination of wood and leather take over the stick and push the sweeter flavors out of the picture. As a result, the last handful of draws offer a bit of heat and punch.

The Cubanacan Soneros Habano cigars is considered a full bodied smoke by most reviewers, and offers a nice challenge to experienced aficionados. It is built sharply, and with so many experts behind the stick, its excellent performance is a given.

At least at this point, 2015 is shaping up to be another big year for the company.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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