The Wynwood is one of the new releases from Christian Eiroa’s CLE Cigar Company. The Wynwood is named after the up and coming Wynwood art district in Miami, Florida, and is going to be where the Wynwood factory will be located. The Wynwood is part of a partnership between Christian Eiroa and Robert Caldwell, who also owns the Hotel Humidor. The Wynwood cigar will embrace the spirit of the neighborhood itself, displaying the artistry of cigar making, selecting only the most qualified workers to roll at the factory. All of this is apart of their tagline “Celebrating the Artistry of Cigars”. You can check out the Wynwood site here, and the the CLE site here.
Size: 4 1/2 x 50
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band on the Wynwood is fairly simple. Wynwood appears in white on a background which is striped with white, red, black, purple, and pink. Next to Wynwood is written 2012, which seems to be a trend, as I’ve seen all the CLE cigars dated with the year so far. The wrapper on the Wynwood is a nice light golden brown, very attractive looking with mild veins, and a nice oil gloss. While examining the foot of the cigar, I noticed some very dark leaf, it didn’t show up very well in the photo but was very noticeable to the eye.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Wynwood has notes of sweet grass and light cedar. The foot has a scent which is a combination of grass, hay, earth, nuts, and a light spice. To prepare smoking the Wynwood, I use a punch cut and on the cold draw there is flavor of spice, cedar, grass, and nuts.
Smoking Characteristics: The Wynwood kicks off with an excellent rich cedar flavor along with notes of orange peel, grass, and a mellow underlying spice to it. While smoking, the spice is causing a lot of salivation, and each draw leaves a rich cedar and orange peel finish on the palate. The smoke is very smooth, cool, rich, creamy, and has a nice savory feel to it. The strength on the Wynwood starts to shock me in the first third. Many companies talk about a fuller bodied Connecticut, generally when I hear this from a rep, I basically roll my eyes. The Wynwood is a fuller bodied Connecticut, it is without a doubt in the medium range when it comes to strength.
Into the second third of the Wynwood, I’m still struck by how much salivation it is causing. The smoke is just very smooth, cool, and extremely savory. The blend is still similar to the first third, the predominant notes being cedar, grass, nuts, and the rich underlying spice along with a bit of orange peel. In this third, however, the finish now has a long semisweet tone to it, along with a bit of spice and the cedar lingering long between draws. The construction is excellent, the burn very sharp, and the ash holds firm well past the inch mark. The strength remains in the medium range, it has increased slightly in this third, but still isn’t quite medium to full.
During the final third of the Wynwood, there is almost no change in the flavor profile. All the notes of cedar, grass, nuts, spice, and orange peel remain. The smoke does become a little creamier in this third than it was in the first two, and remains just as smooth, cool, and savory has it has been the entire time. The strength does not build any further, but is still quite shocking for a Connecticut shade cigar. The construction remains outstanding, the ash, draw, and burn all performing very well. The Wynwood smokes cool to the nub, and despite the lack of evolution I savor every last bit.
Conclusion: As I said above, I hear often from companies that they have found the Connecticut shade that will be a game changer. The Wynwood might not change the game, but it certainly provided an interesting hook with a full strength and a flavor that had a bit more complexity than the average Connecticut shade cigar. My only real disappointment was I would have enjoyed a little bit more of an evolution while smoking, but overall it provided a very enjoyable experience. The construction was beyond satisfactory, with an firm ash, great burn line, and amazing draw. Overall this is a must try.