One thing I think every cigar smoker should do is venture out to different cigar shops. Staying true to one shop locks you into the choices that owner makes for his humidor. Sure a good shop will listen to its customers, but your still pretty much locked in. This past week I ventured to a new shop and managed to pick up a few new cigars. Today’s cigar comes via recommendation of the owners of Fume in Montclair, NJ.
According to the Cuban Stock cigar company, The Cuban Stock Royal Selection is a master blend of the best Dominican grown tobacco aged in a wine barrel for 6 years, with a dark Ecuador wrapper which is shiny and silky. This cigar is full of rich coffee and nut flavors, and is medium to full bodied and super smooth. After all, we treat the tobacco for years, and the results are an absolutely royal class cigar.
Cigar: Cuban Stock Royal Selection
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The wrapper of this stick reminds me of the color of a coffee bean. The wrapper has some significant medium sized veins and it is very oily. The cigar itself is box pressed and there is a fair amount of of tooth especially on the sides. The Cuban Stock Royal Selection has a dual band system. The one near the cap is eye catching and has colors of cream, red, black and gold. The band at the foot is a nice touch and I personally feel all non cellophane cigars should have one to prevent damage in storage.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): Prior to sparking up this stick the foot revealed some spicy notes while the draw was pretty non-descriptive. The first third of the cigar offers some wonderful coffee notes that are easily identifiable. As we enter the second third of the cigar, the aging process is noticeable as the cigar begins to offer notes of black cherry, similar to that found in pinot noir. The final third of the cigar there are notes of cherry, oak and some nuts on the finish that made this nice cigar with a decent complexity.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The burn of the cigar is extremely even and it produces a nice amount of smoke. The ash was a little flaky and dark in color, I know it sounds vein but I prefer my ash to be light in color. The draw was a little loose and i expected the cigar to smoke fast but it smoked nice and slow and lasted for me for about an hour.
Overall (23/25): To be honest I was expecting the cigar to be so-so when I lit it up, but I was pleasantly surprised. The aging in wine barrels gave this cigar a nice sweetness, but note this is not a flavored or infused cigar. The notes are no different then others normally found in a cigar. I was so impressed with this cigar that I can’t wait to get my hands on more of them. A pleasant surprise and a very good smoke!