Regius White Label – Cigar Review

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Today, we look at the Regius White Label. Back in July we posted a press release about Regius Cigars entering in an exclusive distribution agreement with SAG imports (You can read the press release here). The press release also mentioned a new Regius White Label which was to be made in the Dominican Republic at Manuel Quesada’s MATASA factory, and released at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando, Florida.

The new Regius White Label is a Dominican Puro which is available in 3 vitolas, a 5 5/8 x 54 Robusto, a 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo, and a 6 x 50 Toro which is the vitola I selected for the review today. You can also read our review of the original Regius here, which is already shipping to stores.

Size: 6 x 50
Wrapper: Dominican Habano vuelta arriba
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Construction and Appearance: The new Regius White Label has two bands, the top one is the same band on the original Regius, the second is a white band which designates it as a Regius White Label By Don Manuel Quesada. The wrapper of the Regius White Label looks fairly close to that of the original. It has very fine veins, a nice oil, a tight cap, it is just a slightly darker shade of brown. Even though the two look similar they are very different cigars, the original is a Nicaraguan Puro, and the White Label is a Dominican Puro.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Regius White Label has notes of sweet wood and a bit of molasses. The foot has a scent which is made up of spice, wood, molasses, and has an overall clean feel to it. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the Regius White Label and on the cold draw the flavor is a mix of wood, spice, and a floral tone.

Smoking Characteristics: The Regius White Label opens up with a nice rich blend of spices, wood, and a sweet floral tone. The draw starts out a little tight, but after a few draws, it opens up and the Regius White Label starts to hit me with a lot more spice and a bit of pepper at medium to full sttrength. The flavors are delicious, well blended, balanced, and very intense. The smoke is rich, full, smooth, slightly dry, and warms the palate a little between draws.

Into the second third of the Regius White Label, it looses some of its spice and pepper, but none of its strength. In fact, the strength starts to build closer to the full side in this third. The notes of sweet rich wood, spice, and the floral tone remain, along with a very slight pepper which lingers on the tongue between draws. The draw is excellent and there is wonderful smoke production, even in between draws, and the rich aroma of the Regius White Label fills the air around me. The smoke still warms the palate slightly, and the wood and spice remain as a long finish on the palate between draws. The ash holds firm easily to the inch point, and the burn has required no corrections.

During the final third of the Regius White Label, the spice and pepper finally mellow out allowing the sweet woody flavors, and the floral tone to dominate the flavor profile. Also, a new molasses note joins the profile during this final third. It is very subtle, but compliments the blend well. The strength remains in the medium to full range, and has backed off just a little bit compared to the middle third. The construction is excellent, with the draw, ash, and burn all performing amply. The Regius White Label smokes cool to the nub without any bitterness or heat.

Conclusion: The Regius White Label may look like the original Regius on the outside, but it is an entirely different cigar. While it does retain some of the woody smoothness I associate with the original, it has quite the added kick with the spice and pepper that this cigar displays early on. Also the strength is stepped up more than a bit, coming in close to full at its peak, where the original remains around medium. Overall I prefer the original Regius, but the Regius White Label is perfect for smokers who want a bit of an extra kick, which would work well in the American Market. Overall I’d recommend picking some of these up. I doubt that they will disappoint you.

Rating: 90

MSRP: $7.75