8/16/18

Casa Cuevas Cigars Habano Clasico Prensado - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Casa Cuevas Habano Clasico Prensado
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Pennsylvania, Colombian, Nicaraguan, Dominican

FORMAT: Toro (Box Press)
ORIGIN: Tabacalera Las Lavas, Santiago, Dominican Republic

STRENGTH: Medium
PROFILE: Sweet/Sour
DELIVERY: Smooth/Tangy/Bright
PEPPER-SPICE: LOW | med | high

COMBUSTION: poor | OK | excellent
CONSTRUCTION: poor | OK | excellent
  • Chocolate (milk, cocoa butter)
  • Citrus (lemonade)
  • Cream (sweet, thin-some)
  • Tobacco (exhibits toasted natty sweetness)
  • Spice (clove, paprika)
  • Pepper (white, scant red)
  • Wood (cedar, buttery, toasted)
  • Tea (white, roasted)
  • Grain (oats, raw)
  • Earth (bright dirt, sand)
NOTES:
Combustion never quite finds an even line, but never needs re-direction and pace is quite nice. Good smoke out-put off each end. Some slight cracking of top-leaf in 3/3 is cosmetic nit-pickery, only. Excellent draw & press stays put throughout. A bit diluted as compared to its Robusto iteration. Still a very pleasant smoke with nice complexities albeit somewhat lacking in depth. Tangy, tho not acidic, and rather refreshingly-so. Bright & lively fare. Finish: a flip-flopping of overtones w/ spice kicker; moderate length.

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


"It’s not just limited editions being added, however, as the company is adding a new regular production box pressed 6 x 48 vitola as well, with the Maduro version priced at $8.40 and the Habano at $8.20. Both cigars, dubbed Clásico Prensado, are offered in boxes of 20.

"Gabriel Alvarez, director of sales for Casa Cuevas, said that the new cigars use the same components as the rest of the lines and while blended to the size, stay true to the blend." - www.Halfwheel.com 

BEING AS SUCH, please read Casa Cuevas Cigars Habano in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz, as this is partially then a Redux looksie.

"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.

"Following in his father’s footsteps, his son, Juan Jr. continued with the family business, successfully expanding it until events which took place in 1959 forced a dramatic change. Years later, in the Cibao Valley of the Dominican Republic, Luis Cuevas Sr., Juan’s Jr.’s son, carried on the family tradition of handcrafting fine cigars in the family’s cigar factory, Tabacalera Las Lavas. Today, Luis Sr. is joined by his son, Luis Jr. in the manufacture and sale of premium, long filler cigars at their factory, Tabacalera Las Lavas, in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

"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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