Tiante Habano Rosado cigars feature Don Pepin's spicy signature.The Tiante Habano Rosado was one of the two new blends released by Luis Tiant’s cigar company in 2012. Luis’ initial claim to fame was his skill as a baseball player. After stints with the New York Yankees and the Red Sox, Luis decided to produce stogies with his son Daniel. While the company got off to a rocky start, it is now working to produce top of the line cigars. The company partnered with Don Pepin Garcia to create this stick, and the extra attention to detail shows.


 


The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado while the filler and binder are from Nicaragua. The Tiante Habano Rosado is available in four vitolas, including Toro Gordo (6 x 60), Toro (6 x 50), Pyramid (6 x 52) and Robusto (5 x 50). Each size is available in boxes of 20, and the original release included about 32,000 cigars.


 


The wrapper is a medium brown color, which is unexpected given its origin. Most Rosado wrappers are reddish in hue, but not this one. It is said to be mostly dry to the touch and has some apparent veins. It is also somewhat toothy, and all of this gives the stick a charming, rustic look. The band is maroon, green and gold. It features the name of the brand in gold, all capital lettering. A faint image of Cuba sits behind the lettering and the numbers 23 and 75 flank either side of the lettering. The 23 represents Luis’s number as a Red Sox player and the 75 is the year he went to the World Series with the team.


 


The first couple inches of the Tiante Habano Rosado open up with a charge of spice. This is a trademark of Don Pepin Garcia’s blends, so it’s not a surprise. Reviewers detected pepper and cedar in the spice combination. It slowly dissipates but remains in the background throughout the entirety of the cigar. Shortly after lighting up the stick, tobacco and nutty flavors take hold and fuse nicely with the spice. This combines splendidly and creates a sweet and spicy give and take. During the second third of the Tiante Habano Rosado, the sweetness pulls back some, leaving the pepper, cedar and nut as the dominant layers. The final part of the stick does away with the sweetness completely and finishes off with the nutty and pepper notes. The end is spicy but not harsh, and the nub is said to be firm and cool.


 


Garcia cigars typically exhibit excellent construction, and the Tiante Habano Rosado is yet another example of this. The burn is extremely sharp from beginning to end and the draw is perfect. Aficionados had only good things to say about its craftsmanship. It is of medium strength cigar, though some reviewers classified it as a strong mild. It is also a medium-bodied cigar, though the layers are just deep enough to not overwhelm. Overall, the strength and body were balanced well with each other. Novices and experienced smokers will both find something to like in this one. One of the hardest industries to make changes in is the cigar industry, but it appears Luis and his family have managed this well, producing an excellent blend even amid the transition.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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