5/29/18

Casa Cuevas Cigars Habano in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Dominican & Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
PROFILE: Spice/Sweet

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Tabacalera Las Lavas factory, Dominican Republic

Spicy & sweet toasted overtones are bright but rich and both mingle as well as stay delineated. Nice. Undertones are not dark, per se, but not as bright and display a lightly toasted bitter savoriness with influences from up-top seeping into 'em. Citrus swirls top to bottom then bottom to top throughout, with a slight salty attachment. Toasty turns nicely roasty in the 3/3. Suprememely balanced and as complex as all get-out. Quite nuanced for a rather bright blend. Excellent depth of very thoughtful & well-orchestrated notes.

This Casa Cuevas is simply all a Habano should be and I am a Habano nut.
  • Spice (clove, paprika, cumin)
  • Pepper (red, white)
  • Chocolate (milk & cocoa butter)
  • Coffee (mocha latte)
  • Wood (cedar)
  • Cream
  • Citrus (lemonade)
  • Suede
  • Grain (cereal)
  • Earth (dirt)
The body is rico suave, mi amigo. Rich & smooth, my friend. Softly-so with the slightest of tip-of-tongue tingle. Finish is long and a beautiful settling of the draw which really allows you to enjoy its complexities. Ends clean and stays verily cool of temp from gate-to-wire. Strength is a gentlepersonly trickster who'll sneak up on ya but you'll both enjoy the bit of a head swoon.


Combustion offers me the sole opportunity here to bitch, as the burn operates on a slight to slight+ curvature. Ash grows well & firmly tight. Smoky-smoke is of an admirable volume, both passively and actively. Pacing is even-keeled and travels slowly. The room-note is a snoot-full of overtones and is another selling point of this offering.

Construction features no hard/soft spots and its packing barely budges from pre-light to well-formed & cool nub. Seams remain nigh invisible. The draw is a perfect medium-tension all the live-long.

FINAL GRADE: A
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

"Casa Cuevas Cigars are a new brand to the US market, but I wouldn’t call this their first rodeo. Casa Cuevas is a family owned business that first started in the tobacco industry four generations ago in the Pinar Del Rio valley of Cuba where they cultivated tobacco. Today, they operate out of their Tabacalera Las Lavas factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Out of this factory, they have produced cigars for well-known brands such as Gurkha, Sam Leccia and Carlos Torano. The Casa Cuevas line is just the first to bear the family name." - Cigars International

"In the 19th century, Juan Cuevas, Spanish immigrant from Santander, began what was to be a family business which now spans four generations. Like others fortunate enough to live and work in the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba, Juan commenced cultivating tobacco, turning it into a successful business. ... So it is that, after decades of manufacturing premium cigars for notable brands, it was decided that the time had come to produce and market a high-end, premium cigar that would bear the Cuevas name." - www.CasaCuevasCigars.com

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