Herrera Cigars, the makers of La Caridad del Cobre, recently launched their newest project, Frank Herrera’s Biography. The new Biography is made at Abe Flores’ Pinar Del Rio factory in the Dominican Republic. While Biography is made by Abe, it was blended by Frank Herrera himself. The new Biography comes in three sizes, Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 54), and Gordisimo (6 x 60). Biography features a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper with a Dominican binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. For todays review I selected the 5 x 52 Robusto size.
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Frank Herrera Biography features a great band with Biography written in cursive gold lettering, the band is black and white with Frank Herrera written on top in black on the white, with Frank Herrera written smaller in grey on white in a pattern around the band. The wrapper is a dark brown, almost milk chocolate in color, with almost no veins, and a nice bit of oil to it. The construction is very solid with a nice tight cap and the construction is nearly seamless.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Frank Herrera Biography has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of hay. The foot has a scent which is a combination of oak spice, coffee, chocolate, and earth. To prepare smoking the Frank Herrera Biography I use a straight cut and the cold draw is almost a bit loose, and produces flavors of coffee, cocoa, and earth.
Smoking Characteristics: I fire up the Frank Herrera Biography with a table lighter and right away my fear of a loose draw is proven baseless, the initial draws are a tad easy, but certainly not airy or loose. It starts out with some rich sweet cocoa, oak spice, and a nice espresso undertone. The smoke is very creamy, smooth, cool, rich, and most of all, full. The smoke production seems endless, even between draws it simply continues to pour out, the room filling with the aromatic smoke. The strength in the first third is a solid medium, it is the type of strength you can’t taste at all in the flavor profile, but it starts to creep up on you as you smoke.
Into the second third, there is still plenty of chocolate, espresso, and oak spice in the flavor profile, but now also a nice berry note joins the blend. The flavors blend together quite well, and are very intense. The strength also ramps up a bit during this third, building into the medium to full range. The Biography is still displaying stellar construction, the draw is excellent, the smoke production outstanding, the ash holding easily to the inch mark, and the burn requiring no attention at all.
During the final third of the Biography, all the notes of cocoa, expresso, oak spice, and berry remain, all still well blended and intense. There is also a bit of pepper and spice that is kicking up, which is playing with my palate and warming it just slightly. The smoke itself is still very creamy, cool, and smooth, but the spice is causing me to salivate slightly while smoking. With the new spice, there is a slight step up in strength. The construction remains outstanding with the Biography neither warming towards the nub or pulling heat in the draw.
Conclusion: I really have been impressed by many of the blends coming out of the PDR factory. Several recent releases have been packed with flavor, consistent in quality, and affordable. Frank Herrera’s Biography is no exception to this standard. The flavors are quite intense, with a nice depth to the blend. My only complaint is I would have liked a little more evolution. The construction was top notch, not once did I have an issue with the burn, draw, or ash. Overall, if you are a maduro smoker, this is one blend that is perfect for you, with its low price and fantastic performance it should easily make its way into your rotation.