La Hermandad by El Primer Mundo – Cigar Review
The new La Hermandad by Primer Mundo was featured at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando, Fl. I was recently given a sample by Sean Williams, the owner of El Primer Mundo. The new La Hermandad is being made in the Dominican Republic by Abe Flores in the PDR factory. I’m quite familiar with Abe Flores’ work, and love most of the cigars which come out of the PDR Factory. The new La Hermandad features a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper along with Nicaraguan binders and fillers. According to Sean, when I spoke to him, the La Hermandad is known to pack quite the punch, and you should eat up before partaking in it. So after a healthy lunch, I decided it was time to explore the new La Hermandad.
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The sample of the La Hermandad I am smoking for review was given to me by Sean Williams, and is a bandless pre release. The wrapper is a beautiful medium brown, the color of milk chocolate, with some moderate veins but a beautiful oil to it.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the La Hermandad has notes of a deep bitter sweet dark chocolate with a bit of wood and coffee. The foot has a scent made up of cedar, spice, and a light sweet cocoa. To prepare smoking the La Hermandad, I use a straight cut. On the cold draw there are flavors of cedar, spice, chocolate, wood, and earth. The cold draw is also a bit easier than I expected, but still has some resistance.
Smoking Characteristics: The La Hermandad kicks off with a nice rich blend of spices, cocoa, and cedar. From the first few puffs, I can tell the La Hermandad has a bit of a kick to it, with a little strength showing itself early on. The spice calms down a bit in the first third, and the rich bitter sweet chocolate and cedar dominate the flavor profile. A rich, earthy flavor also joins the blend as an undertone during the first third. The draw is actually quite perfect, I was a bit worried since it was nearly loose on the cold draw. Each puff easily produces a rich full body of delicious smoke.
Into the second third of the La Hermandad, there is a nice development where the dark chocolate flavor starts to dominate the profile, along with a nice blend of cedar, and earth remaining as undertones. During this third, a little bit of cream also joins the profile, which compliments the blend nicely. The strength is easily in the medium to full range, with a nice rich bold flavor. The construction is standing up well, with a nice solid firm ash, and the burn is quite sharp.
During the final third of the La Hermandad, a nice sort of berry or fruity sweetness joins the blend, which compliments the bitter sweet dark chocolate flavor. The notes of cedar, cream, and earth remain, but are now quite subdued in the flavor profile. The strength in this third increases to full, with a wonderful buzz setting in while smoking. The construction is still just perfect, the draw remains excellent, easily providing a nice full body of smoke with each puff. The ash remains firm well past the inch point, and the burn remains very sharp, not requiring any correction. The La Hermandad smokes cool to the nub without any issues in construction.
Conclusion: The La Hermandad from El Primer Mundo was a huge hit with me. The flavor was quite delicious, and I have to say I’m really starting to appreciate the Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. I think the new La Hermandad should be quite the success for Sean Williams and Primer Mundo. It has a great flavor profile, great construction, and comes in at a pretty good price point. I’d suggest picking this up when you see it to try it out.