Don Melo Centenario Felipe Gregorio – Cigar Review

The wonders of a cigar shop are how people of different walks of life come together and conversations evolve that lead to friendships. People you would not of met otherwise if not for the love of a fine cigar. One of those people is John, who in a short time has become a good friend that I look forward to seeing on a regular basis. His fine sense of humour allows us to break each others chops and fill the night with laughter as we enjoy that common denominator. Yesterday for my birthday he gifted me with 2 cigars. The first being an Avo Heritage and the second one being this smoke.

Now when you think of a special birthday cigar you probably wouldn’t think of the Don Melo Centenario, I know I wouldn’t. In fact, I have never smoked one before but I decided to take the blog to a personal level today and review this cigar for posterity. The story is that the Don Melo Centenario was tucked away in the warehouse of Cigar Inn before the brothers uncovered it. According to the brothers, and my friend John the cigar is over 18 years old.

The Don Melo Centanario was eventually produced and distributed by Alatadis USA, but prior to them the cigar was a product of Felipe Gregorio, and it is with great pride that I smoke this cigar today that is named after the father of the Honduran cigar trade, who was the first Honduran national to open a cigar factory in that country in 1896.

Cigar: Don Melo Centenario by Philippe Gregorio
Size: 6 x 55 (Liga B)
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras
Strength: Full (Labled by Manufacturer)
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Don Melo Centenario

Don Melo Centenario

Appearance and Construction: The amount of oils on the wrapper really surprised me considering the age of the cigar. I was really surprised at how well it looked, with only a slight tear near the cap. The cigar was cared for and aged to perfection by my friends at Cigar Inn. The dark brown wrapper has a few veins but none that take away from the sheer beauty of the cigar. It is well packed, no soft spots and features a simple but classic looking band that reminds me a little bit of what Don Pepin uses now.

Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar offers some spice and cedar notes to the nose, while the draw of the cigar reminds me of raisins, cedar and a slight syrupy sweetness. Once the cigar is lit I am amazed at how smooth it is, and you can sense how the tobacco has become one. The first third of the cigar reminded me some of fresh baked bread, with some notes of cedar, and a slight leather. The second third of the cigar had some continued sweetness to it, but sadly it never developed as cedar and leather continued to dominate. The final third still offers up a hint of sweetness, with some coffee notes on the finish.

Don Melo Centenario

Don Melo Centenario

Smoking Characteristics: This smooth smoking cigar had a nice burn line and a solid ash that held on for more then half the cigar. The salt & pepper ash had no flake at all. The draw was perfection from start to finish with a nice aroma. I wound up smoking it to the nub.

Conclusion: A cigar that is no longer available was a nice way to start off the day. The cigar had a nice flavor profile, but what made it special was the fact that a friend gave me it for my birthday and that makes it special in my eyes. Enjoyable to say the least.