Regius cigars, originally only available in Europe and Asia, owned by Akhil Kapacee has entered into a distribution agreement with SAG Imports to open the brand up to the US market. Regius is a Nicaraguan puro, which is suppose to model a Cuban style taste. This struck me as interesting, since it was originally distributed in the U.K. where one can buy actual Cuban cigars legally. The Regius website explains the idea behind it a bit.
The Latin Regius denotes of a ‘King’. We present you a regal smoking experience: to enjoy a hand-made King of Cigars.
Gaius Petronius Arbiter (AD27) was a Roman writer and courtier for Emperor Nero who devoted himself to a life of pleasure. Yet far from being an ordinary, vulgar profligate, he became known as an accomplished voluptuary. Showing capacity for outrageous indulgence, he was looked upon by Nero to be the absolute authority on questions of taste (arbiter elegantiae), especially with the science of alchemy.
In his memory we bring you ‘Regius’. The alchemy of cultivating and blending the finest aged tobacco to achieve the best possible taste, an even burning quality and elegant aromas.
We invite you to be arbiter elegantiae, the judge of elegance, of our beautifully hand crafted and flavoursome creations.
Size: Robusto (4 7/8 x 50)
Body: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the Regius Robusto is a fairly light brown with a nice reddish hue. It is firmly packed, has an extremely attractive wrapper with very little veins, and ends in a nice double cap. The band is somewhat basic, yet timeless. It has gold tracing on a black background with the Regius logo. Below the logo are two latin words, Arbiter Elegantiae, which means “a person who prescribes, rules on, or is a recognized authority on matters of social behavior and taste”
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Regius Robusto has a nice light cedar scent with a bit of earth to it. The foot has notes of cedar, leather, and hay, with a bit of earth as well. I choose a V-Cut to prepare for smoking the Regius. On the cold draw, there are the same mix of cedar, hay, and earth.
Smoking Characteristics: The draw on the Regius starts out a little loose, but not quite overly so. The flavor is a mix of very rich cedar with a nice deep leather, hay, and a light earthy tone. The flavor is also a little toasted, close to a roasted nuttiness, with a floral tone. The mix is quite delicious but not very intense in the smoke. In addition, a very light amount of spice lingers on the tongue between draws. During the first third, the draw improves and provides a nice body of light smoke smoke. The smoke is very creamy, sweet, smooth, and rich. During this third I’d place the strength just slightly above medium.
The second third of the Regius takes on a slightly sweeter tone. The notes of cedar, leather, hay, and floral all remain in the profile. The smoke is still cool, creamy, rich, and sweet with a medium body easily generated by each puff. The smoke also continues to billow out of the stick between draws, filling the air around me with the wonderful aroma. The burn is razor sharp and the ash holds firmly to the end of the stick without flaking at all.
During the final third, a new deep rich earthy tone joins the blend which creates a nice complexity. The notes of sweet cedar, leather and hay all remain with a nice sweetness to them. The blend is a bit less creamy at this point, but still remains enough to be called creamy. The smoke is cool, rich, and full, with a nice body being produced off each draw at this point. The ash still holds firm, and the burn line has remained razor sharp. It smokes cool to the nub with the strength at this third coming in just over the medium point.
Conclusion: The Regius, overall, with its excellent construction and wonderful flavors, provides an excellent smoke. The smoke is rich, cool, creamy, with a bit of complexity to the flavor profile. The construction never wavered at any point; draw, ash, and burn line were perfect. Now that the Regius is going to be available in the United States, I would recommend it to any smoker. It is mild enough for a novice and the flavors are rich and complex enough that it should satisfy most experienced smokers.