The Cusano LXI Habano SG Review & Cigar InformationThe Cusano LXI Habano SG has slipped under the radar a bit, but is another respectable offering from the storied manufacturer. The company’s story dates back 20 years, starting off as a small boutique and bringing in master blender Henke Kelner after just two years in the business to help oversee its production methods. From 1997 to 2009, it operated independently out of its factory in Santiago, and was then bought up by Davidoff. Its commitment to affordable luxury sticks remains strong, though, and this release is another example of that commitment.

The cigar is made with a Habano seed Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper, a Dominican binder and Dominican filler. It’s a rustic looking smoke, with a number of visible veins and seams. It’s the kind of wrapper that appears to have been in a back alley brawl. It’s the color of creamed coffee and is snugly packed to the brim with tobacco. The Cusano LXI Habano SG is available as a 5 x 50 Robusto, and though there aren’t a lot of reviews out there for it, they are unified in pointing out how fragrant the cigar is. It has a sweet and spicy mix of tobacco aromas, backed up by a sharp peppermint note that is not common in Sun Grown wrappers. As for the cold draw, it is relatively mild, with a combination of wood and earth notes giving it definition.

The initial third of the cigar starts off on the mild side, producing some distinct spice flavors that soon move to the retrohale
. In its place, some coffee and earth notes fill the gap and grow in intensity over the first couple inches. The coffee is slightly bitter and the earthiness is dark and spicy, so it’s a challenging combination of flavors to start with. Near the end of the initial third, some sweet tobacco notes emerge and take the edge off.

During the middle third, a dry wood flavor appears and takes a dominant position along with the coffee
. The earth flavors move into the background while the spice remains strong through the nose. About halfway into the Cusano LXI Habano SG, a sweet fruit note takes the place of the sweet tobacco and is akin to black cherry.

The last third of the stick is marked by the same combination of flavors, though they grow in strength quite a bit. The spice moves to the palate and adds an extra punch, though it remains a secondary note. The coffee and wood are both still robust and steer the profile until the finish, along with the black cherry and earth notes.

In general, the stick is medium-bodied, though it ranges a little higher in spots. The burn and draw are both strong, though the draw is a touch on the tighter side. Still, it’s an ideal choice for a smoker that wants premium quality cigars at a value price.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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