Cigar Review: Arandoza White
In South Florida everyone and their mother has a cigar brand. Most are a hobby and as a result can only be found in a handful of cigars but there are a few that are here for the long haul and it seems as if La Zona has it’s hands in them from the manufacturing standpoint.
One of these cigars is owned by Robert Arango and his wife Pilar both of whom are staples in the cigar community down here. Robert is known as Pops to his friends and is one of the most genuine people you could ever meet.
They are set to release their third cigar the Arandoza Red at the IPCPR completing the trifecta of a Red White and Blue line. Today’s review is the Arandoza White.
Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Dark Habano
Number Smoked: 5+
Appearance & Construction: The Arandoza white has a Cuban like appearance with its flat triple cap. There are two bands in use , the primary denotes the brand, Arandoza; while the second denotes the line, White. The wrapper won’t win any beauty contests but it feels like velvet under the fingers with no soft sports and an average weight.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar offers up some spice and a hearty mocha. The cold draw has some mocha with some faint wood notes lingering in the background. Once the cigar is lit there is some Nicaraguan spice that is reminiscent of another Esteli manufacturer. As we progress into the first third of the cigar the spice remains but it subsides as we smoke futher into the stick. The pepper is joined by some wood notes and some of that mocha tries to show up on the finish but only teases at best. The second third of the cigar the pepper is more subtle as the wood becomes more front and center and the mocha appears a little bit longer. The final third the pepper takes a backseat with notes of cedar as the canvas with a very faint hint of mocha especially on the aroma.
Smoking Characteristics: Upon first light the burn of the cigar got out of hand but I resisted correcting it and adding more heat to the tobacco. Like many premium rolled cigars the stick corrected itself within a half inch. The white ash held on strong albeit a tad flaky. The draw was close to perfect and the Arandoza White stayed lit for the duration of the cigar.
Conclusion: For the second straight night I stayed up late watching James Bond movies (Dr No, Goldeneye & Tomorrow Never Dies) while enjoying a cigar. The Arandoza White is a strong cigar loaded with spice that lacks a little on the complexity although the teasing of certain notes was enough to score it high and keep me interested to the nub.