HENK Maori La Doña. For the last two years, HENK cigars made it to the top 25 of Ministry of Cigars. The Henk Maori Haka was the #4 of 2019 and the HENK Maori Gaudi and Masterpiece made the top 10 of the Top 25 of 2020. There are three more vitolas in the HENK line-up. All limited and rare, but I have them all and reviews will follow.
The HENK Maori La Doña is 6½x50 in size. That’s a little shorter and thicker than a classic Churchill, but that doesn’t stop HENK from saying this is the Churchill of the HENK Maori cigars. All tobacco is aged, or even vintage. It comes from the tobacco library of A.J. Fernandez who also makes the cigars. Didier Houvenaghel of DH Boutique blends is the master blender behind this project. But the final approval is in the hands of HENK owner Heiko Poerz.
HENK cigars always look cool because they don’t have a cigar band. Instead, they have a tattoo that draws inspiration from Maori culture. The small pigtail adds to the aesthetical appeal. The Colorado color of the wrapper is even. The wrapper is from the 2009 crop. The construction feels great. The aroma is medium in strength but balanced and warm. Animal aromas with soil.
The cold draw is great. The flavor in the cold draw is quite dry but has hints of raisin with white pepper. The first puffs are full flavor. Wood, coffee, soil, and spice. Then there is more earthiness with some leather. All well balanced. The tobacco is vintage and that is clearly noticeable. It’s smooth, yet with character. The cigar remains smooth, but now with some nutmeg, cedar, leather, and a little pepper. After a third, there is a slightly toasty flavor with cedar, salt, and herbs. The flavors intensify. Slowly there’s more toast, leather, spice, and white pepper. Even at the beginning of the second third, it is possible to retrohale the cigar. The flavors are subtle yet strong. A little more wood in the final third.
The draw is close to perfect. The light-colored ash is firm. The burn is sharp. The light gray smoke is decent in volume. This cigar is smooth yet flavorful. Extremely balanced, yet without losing character. Full in body and flavor. The smoke time is two hours and twenty minutes.
Would I buy this again? Once in a while. It’s fantastic, but comes with a price tag.