I’ve been a little lax on the reviews over the past few weeks due to this not being my favorite time of the year. Things should be back to normal in a week or so. Today’s cigar review is available only through our sponsor Bonita Smoke Shop. The cigar comes out of the El Titan de Bronze factory, and was blended by Willy Herrera. If that name sounds familiar, Willy Herrera blended the Casa Miranda from Miami Cigar & Company and recently left ETB to become a part of the Drew Estate team.
According to the Bonita Smoke Shop, “Bonita’s 18th Anniversary cigars epitomizes all that is desired in a high quality premium hand rolled cigar. Custom blended of the finest tobacco and made expressly for Bonita Smoke Shop. Bonita’s 18th Anniversary cigar is an extremely well balanced cigar, with a delicious crescendo of flavor, in the medium flavor profile range.”
Cigar: Bonita’s 18th Anniversary Blend
Size: 6 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Appearance and Construction: The cigars rolled at ETB are done so in the Entubado style. This means each and every leaf of the filler is rolled into a small tube. The result is a cigar that usually has a perfect draw, and produces smoke from both ends of the cigar in it’s resting position. The style is more time consuming, but to quote Willy Herrera, “but we don’t do quantity at ETB, we do quality and consistency.” The wrapper has a nice oily sheen and is rolled to perfection with a perfect triple cap. There is a nice weight to the stick and no soft spots.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw of the cigar is nutty with a hint of spice. The foot of the cigar is earthy and reminds me of the morning dew. Once the cigar is lit, the initial profile has a subtle sweetness that reminds me of caramel that quickly gives way to earth and nuts. As I continue into the first third of the cigar there are some similarities to a good Cuban cigar in the flavor profile. The first third has a slight sweetness that is more of an after-thought while the core of the cigar is nutty, with some earth and wood notes. The second third of the cigar became heavy on wood notes, and some earth with pepper through the nose. As we approached the half way point the cigar picked up notes of anise that were very dominant for an inch or so. The last third of the cigar saw some slight notes of cinnamon with an abundance of earth and wood.
Smoking Characteristics: If this cigar was a movie it would be entitled, As Good As It Gets. The burn is perfect from start to finish with a nice thin carbon line. The ash is almost white in color with no flake at all. The draw was perfect and the entubado method of rolling them is easily noticed with smoke coming from both ends of the cigar in the resting position. Simply put, this cigar is quality.
Conclusion: House brand cigars can be hit or miss, but the ones from Bonita Smoke Shop are as good as they get. A well defined profile that is full in body and medium in strength is a great every day smoke.
Price: $118.15 for Cuban Wheel of 20