From the Tabacos de la Cordillera website, “John Vogel, long dreamed of making truly unique cigars bearing his name … growing tobacco from his exclusive bank of ancestral Cuban seeds, some dating back to the 1940s. For decades, he preserved their vitality under ideal conditions. Through selective breeding and adaptation to the growing environment on a Costa Rican farm, John improved the successive generations of these true-to-type vanities’ unique flavor and aroma, leaf size and shape, burning properties, silky texture, fine veins, and disease resistance. Vogel Green and Vogel Red hand-made, long-filler luxury cigars are John’s triumph … and a tribute to his genius and lifelong dedication. The seeds for Vogel Green first appeared in 1950, in San Juan y Martinez Municipalidad in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio Provincia. Vogel Red’s tobacco is a product of seeds first planted in 1951, on farms in Santiago de Cuba Municipalidad, in Santiago de Cuba Provincia.”
Today we bring to you the review of the Vogel Red curtesy of Chicago Cigar Co.
Cigar: Vogel Red
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Costa Rica (Cuban Seed)
Binder: Costa Rica (Cuban Seed)
Filler: Costa Rica (Cuban Seed)
Appearance and Construction (19/20): The cigar sports a gorgeous looking golden brown wrapper, that has minimal veins. The cigar has some tooth to it and a fair amount of oils. The one draw back is the somewhat sloppy cap. Thankfully it cut fine, but I was worried that it would unravel on me. The cigar other then that is exquisitely rolled with no soft spots and a well packed foot.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The pre light draw offers some notes of spice and cedar on both the foot and the draw. Upon lighting up the cigar I am pleasantly surprised. The first third of the cigar reminds me of a cigar from an island south of the mainland. The notes are earthy with some cedar along for the ride, and it makes me wish I had some rum as I smoked this cigar. The second third of the cigar offers continues notes of spices with a touch of cedar. The final third picks up notes of leather, though the cedar remains in the background giving this cigar a very enjoyable finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The cigar burns even, but it does smoke a little fast for my liking. The salt and pepper ash holds on, but it does have a little bit of flake. The draw is flawless with a slight resistance.
Overall (23/25): Though the flavor profile is a little one dimensional this cigar definitely reminds me of those sought after cigars. The cigar was relaxing on this fall day and the only thing missing was a nice sipping rum like Ron Zacapa.
Price: $170.63 a box of 25 at Chicago Cigar Co.