Posts Tagged With: Christian Eiroa

Room 101 Series SA Robusto

Room 101, that is one of those brands that never really grabbed my attention. I know it is the brand of jewelry designer Matt Booth, who last year said goodbye to the cigar industry just to return a couple of months later in a collaboration with Robert Caldwell. Since the cigars never made it to Europe  I never got in on the Room 101 hype. I don’t know where and how I got this cigar.


The cigar is made in Honduras with a Mexican San Andres natural wrapper, a Honduran binder and filler from both Honduras and the Dominican Republic. If the information I read online is correct, than Christian Eiroa was involved in blending this cigar. I don’t know where the cigars were being rolled though, but I guess at the Camacho factory if Eiroa was involved indeed.


The wrapper is not as dark as you would expect from a San Andres wrapper, but this is not the usual San Andres maduro wrapper, its a natural wrapper. its leathery by look and by touch. The ring is something special, brown with brushed gold, just a face of an ancient Asian statue and the SA letters on the side. The cigar looks good and the head is perfectly rounded. The cigar has a strong smell of barnyard with sawdust.


After cutting the cigar I taste raisin and dry tobacco. The cold draw is fine. After lighting I taste cinnamon and allspice, quite strong. After a few puffs the flavors get smoother and I taste some honey. After a third it’s more a fresh cedar taste with just a little bit of cinnamon. The flavors are quite dry. Halfway I taste something sharp on the tip of my tongue but I can’t put my finger on the exact flavor. When the sharp flavor disappears I taste wood again, with honey, salt and a hint of cinnamon.


The draw is fine. The smoke is medium full in thickness, medium in volume and white of color. The ash is pepper and salt colored. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I was expecting more from this cigar.

Score: 89
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Schizo Maduro Robusto

After the success of the Schizo, with a Habano wrapper, it was no surprise that Asylum Cigars, the company owned by Christian Eiroa and Tom Lazuka, built on that brand and released a Schizo Maduro. Unlike the normal Schizo, which is made at the Nicaraguan NACSA factory, most famous for Steve Saka’s Mi Querida, this Schizo Maduro is made in Honduras in Eiroa’s own El Aladino factory.


The cigar is a so called Cuban sandwich, which means that it contains part longfiller and part scrap that was leftover. Not that it means it’s inferior product, just smaller pieces of tobacco. The filler and binder are Honduran, but the wrapper is a Mexican San Andres maduro


The cigar looks a little rough, dark and even a little intimidating. The construction is good, just like the finishing. The ring is the same as the regular Schizo but with an added mint green ring with the word Maduro. The aroma is quite mild, a bit floral and minty.


The draw is quite loose after a cut with a guillotine cutter. The cold draw is a bit minty, but faint. After lighting I taste coffee with chocolate and mint. After a third the mint disappears, I still taste coffee but the dark chocolate gains some strength and I taste some vinegar too. In the final third I taste wood and pepper too.


The draw is a bit loose, but the smoke is thick and white. The gray ash is coarse. The burn is good. I would call this cigar medium at most, both in flavor and body. The smoke time is an hour and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, it’s not a bad budget cigar though.

Score: 87
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Schizo Robusto

A few years back, when I was still working as a sales rep, my employer went to Florida for his holiday and he called me. He said “I smoked a cigar, price quality is amazing, I have never heard of the brand, what do you know?” and he was talking about Asylum 13. That brand was brand new back then and I quickly found out it was Christian Eiroa’s come back in the cigar industry. So I reached out to Christian for prices and a possible distribution agreement for The Netherlands and then waited on an answer.


That answer came a few days later. My employer was back in the country, it was a national holiday so he and his family, a mutual friend and his family and I went to a beach club in Bloemendaal to drink champagne on the beach on a sunny day when I got an email from Christian with the prices. The price sheet included the Schizo bundles and we we looking for a good bundle cigar, so I did my calculations right there and then, said “no, this can’t be”, did the math again and said to my employer “no brainer, this is so dirt cheap, we can sell this like hot cakes”. We ordered and weren’t able to keep enough stock, the bundles were hot.


The cigar looks good, the wrapper is quite dark and leathery. The construction feels good and the shape of the cigar, as well as the cap, are fine. The ring is white with glossy silver and dark copper skull, plus silver letters schizo. Well printed, but not my kind of style. The aroma is medium strong and has a stable smell, like cow manure and hay.


I used my butterfly cutter to cut the cigar. The cold draw is good, with a little spice. After lighting I taste coffee with some Maduro sweetness and pepper. After an inch I taste a musty spice with some muted sweetness, like an old gingerbread. After a third I taste sweetness but a little harsh. Halfway I also taste some dark chocolate. At the end the cigar turns slightly harsh.


The draw is great. The smoke is medium in thickness and volume. The burn is quite straight. The gray ash is coarse yet reasonably firm. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the Maduro

Score: 85
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Cigar of the month May

In may I published 19 reviews and this is the the list, ranking from best to worst.

The cigar with the highest rating last month is:

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lonsdale with a 96 score

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lonsdale (Nicaragua) 96 points
2) Goviado Lancero (Nicaragua) 93 points
3) Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Soloman (Nicaragua) 92 points
4) Viaje Platino Lancero (Honduras) 92 points
5) Goviado Torpedo (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull (Dominican Republic) 91 points
7) Eiroa the first 20 years Prensado (Honduras) 91 points
8) Alec Bradley Post Embargo Robusto (Honduras) 91 points
9) Mayimbe Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) La Sirena Merloin Robusto (Dominican Republic) 90 points
11) Aging Room Solera Fantastico (Dominican Republic) 89 points
12) Brick House Connecticut Toro (Nicaragua) 89 points
13) C.A.O. Pilon Robusto (Nicaragua) 89 points
14) La Gloria Cuban Duke (Cuba) 87 points
15) Don Ibarra Natural Belicoso (Dominican Republic) 86 points
16) Don Ibarra Natural Robusto (Dominican Republic) 86 points
17) Undercrown Shade Gordito (Nicaragua) 86 points
18) Don Ibarra Natural Gordo(Dominican Republic) 85 points
19) Gurkha 125h anniversary Rothschild (Dominican Republic) 79 points

 

 

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Eiroa The First 20 Year Prensado

Little over 20 years ago Christian Eiroa entered the cigar business with his father Julio and the brand Camacho. They built the brand to be one of the famous Honduran cigars before they sold it to Davidoff, rumored for a whopping 40 million dollars, in 2008 with Christian being an employee and Julio retiring. But that last part changed. In 2012 Christian started his CLE brands and Tabacaleras Unidas, opening the El Aladino factory in Danli while Julio Eiroa kept growing tobacco and started producing cigars with his other son Justo under the names Aladino, Rancho Luna and Tatascan.


The tobaccos used for this Eiroa the first 20 years lines are all grown by Julio Eiroa in the Jamastran valley of Honduras and that makes this a Honduran puro. I’m smoking the 6×46 Prensado that Christian himself gave me at the Intertabac trade show. The binder is supposed to be a very special tobacco that hasn’t been used in over 50 years, and special tobacco was always a trademark for the Eiroa family, they used specific proprietary tobacco for Camacho too.


The wrapper feels like velvet and is very dark, it doesn’t have much shine and I can see a thin vein. The well printed ring is red with golden letters and some black details. It says the Eiroa name and salut, amor, pesetas that Eiroa uses for all his cigars. It looks very nice. The cigar feels well constructed and the medium strong aroma reminds me of manure.


I cut the cigar and I taste floral notes and pepper. The draw is great. After lighting I taste coffee, mild sweet and mild bitter, with a hint of pepper. After almost an inch I taste earthy flavors with pepper and a mild lemon. After a third I taste a mild sweet earthy flavor, a bit floral and vanilla like. There is pepper on the background. All of a sudden I taste salt too. The final third starts out stronger with more pepper and salt on a bit of earthy flavor.


The draw is great and the smoke is thick and full. The fragile ash is dark. The burn is good. The medium bodied cigar is nice, balanced and medium flavored. The smoke time is ninety minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wouldn’t mind smoking them more often.

Score: 91
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CLE Corojo 11/18

CLE, Christian Luis Eiroa. For those whom that name doesn’t ring a bell, Christian Eiroa and his father were the masterminds behind Camacho, a brand they bought in 1995 five years after the death of brand founder Simon Camacho and they build the brand up using the knowledge and experience they head as tobacco farmers for generations. In 2008 they sold the brand and the factory to Davidoff but they didn’t leave the tobacco industry since they kept the farms. A few years, in 2012, later Eiroa entered the cigar making part of the business again with a new factory, based in the old movie theatre of his grandfather in Danli, Honduras and he is doing it his own way. Tabacalera Unidas is the mother company with several cooperations like Wynwood (started as a cooperation with Robert Caldwell before he dropped out), Asylum Cigars with Tom Lazuka, EH Cigars with Edgar Hoill and of course his own Eiroa cigars.


When the company just started my then employer went on a trip to Florida with his family. One unsuspecting afternoon he calls me all excited and tells me “man, I was at the Island Smoke Shop on Key Largo and your buddy Bill (who worked there at the time) gave me this cigar, Asylum 13, its a $5 cigar but its amazing”. Now I never heard from that cigar so I made a few calls and got in touch with Tom Lazuka and Christian Eiroa. To cut a long story short, it didn’t take long before we started distributing Tabacaleras Unidas in The Netherlands. After the release of the Asylum 13 line, including the ogre, and the Schizo bundles we released the CLE Corojo. This cigar is a Honduran puro with the leaf that made Camacho and the Eiroa family famous. And it also came out in the unique 11/18 shape that Eiroa created for Camacho. It’s a 6 inch long parejo with a little thicker part (ring 54 instead of 50 at the foot and the head) in the middle, unique.


The wrapper of the cigar looks nice, milk chocolate colored, few thin veins, a beautiful triple cap and its mild oily. The band is simple yet stylish. a nice mat black with shiny silver lettering CLE Corojo and a red 2012. I feel a little soft spot near the head of the cigar, but I can only imagine how difficult it is to roll this uniquely shaped cigar. The aroma is strong and its a barnyard aroma, manure and horses. The cold draw after the flat cut is easy and I taste a cedar with raisin flavor with a peppery flavor on my lips.


After I lit the cigar with my soft flame, I’m smoking inside so I don’t need a jet flame, I taste a mildly sweet and bitter coffee flavor, slowly I taste more cedar with a little citrus tang with a little pepper. After an inch I taste some cedar and wood. After a third I also taste some chocolate and the citrus has grown in strength. Halfway a honey like sweetness shows up. The flavors are quite dry. The chocolate is still mildly around with some nutmeg and cinnamon.


The smoke is thick, white and plentiful. The draw is easy, maybe a little too easy but just a little. The ash is gray and a little frayed. The burn is good, no correction needed. The cigar is medium to full bodied and equally flavored. The smoke time is an hour and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the robusto.

Score: 90

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Camacho triple maduro 50/4.5

Some time ago, Camacho cigars made a viral advertising campaign called ‘the black band project’ that was supposed to take care of all the prejudice there is about Cuban cigars versus Non Cuban cigars. Everybody, well, almost everybody as the demand was bigger than Camacho expected and there were problems with the shipping, that signed up and watched the video’s got 3 cigars for free.
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The third and final cigar from the box was a 4 ½ x 50 (petit) robusto with the original name 50/4.5. This cigar is the first all maduro cigar in the world and consists of 5 different Honduran maduro tobaccos. The dark wrapper is almost black and very oily. There are just a few veins running over the wrapper. The aroma of the cigar is peppery chocolate and quite strong. The construction feels good. The predraw is on the loose side and gives me a dry raisin flavor.
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The sweet coffee I tasted wasn’t what I expected but after a few puffs I for the expected pepper boost combined with mild chocolate. The coffee and chocolate fade away quickly and I am left with a sweet black pepper.
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The chocolate returns pretty quickly on the background. After an inch and a half the strength of the pepper tones down a bit and half an inch later the chocolate becomes the dominant flavor with pepper as a support. At the 2/3rd point the flavors change again, the pepper grows and becomes the dominant flavor until the end.
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The draw is on the loose side but the smoke makes up for it, lots of thick white smoke. Smoke this in Vatican City and people think there is a new pope chosen. The burn is straight and the ash is firm and white. It took me 75 minutes to finish this cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, me likey this cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Camacho Connecticut monarcha

Some time ago, Camacho cigars made a viral advertising campaign called ‘the black band project’ that was supposed to take care of all the prejudice there is about Cuban cigars versus Non Cuban cigars. Everybody, well, almost everybody as the demand was bigger than Camacho expected and there were problems with the shipping, that signed up and watched the video’s got 3 cigars for free.
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The three cigars are packed in a nice cardboard box and have “specially selected and hand rolled for Mr.X” on the band, to stay in the style of the viral. You can see the difference kinds of wrappers used and the bands mention an A, B or C and on the website you can check which one is which. The A turns out to be a Connecticut, in a 5 x 50 robusto size called the Monarcha.
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The Camacho Connecticut is made with a Connecticut wrapper from Ecuador, Honduran binder and filler from Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The wrapper is nice, light brown colored with a silky feel to it. The construction doesn’t feel good, I can feel a lot of soft spots, a sign that this cigar is under filled. Because of that I decided to punch instead of cut, and the predraw confirms my feelings, the draw is way too light and leaves me with a mix of spices and a bit of chocolate. The cigar has a strong hay aroma.
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After lighting that hay flavor that I got in the predraw is the dominant flavor with mild chocolate as support. The cigar is mild spicy and slowly some spices become noticeable. Halfway into the cigar the hay is gone and all I can taste is a creamy flavor of spices and at the end that flavor is supported by some nuts.
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The cigar started with a crooked burn but after a correction it was just fine. The ash is firm and medium gray, and as you can see from picture 3, the cigar produces a lot of smoke. Unfortunately, due to the bad construction of the cigar, the draw was way too light. The strength of the flavors are medium to full, and the strength of the cigars is medium.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, although I liked the flavors

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 5 / 10
Draw: 5 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Camacho 1962 perfecto

This 4 ½ ring 50 perfecto was a gift from my buddy Conch Republican. This small stick has a peppery chocolate aroma to it. The cigar is nice shaped with a medium dark wrapper which has some small veins. The construction is fine, especially for a perfecto. The predraw is great and leaves a peppery raisin flavor on my lips.
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The first flavor I taste is a full but dry leather. The leather has a mild metallic flavor to it. After an inch there is a mild chocolaty after taste. Halfway I get some wood and that keeps me company till I reach the turning point.
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As always with perfectos I have some crooked burn in the beginning, but once that is corrected, the burn and the draw are flawless. The ash is quite dark and firm, and the amount of smoke is fantastic.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t know. This cigar leaves me confused, although, except from the mild flavors, I can’t think of anything that makes me not want to smoke this again, I also can’t think of anything that makes want to smoke it again.
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Appearance: 9 /10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part; 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Camacho negro robusto

This dark Honduran cigar with its 50 ring and 125mm length, dark oily wrapper with some small veins is box pressed and has a nice simple band. The predraw is fine and the cigar has a salty, maybe even a briny aroma.

The cigar produces a full spicy tobacco and herb flavor but soon I could taste some leather while the herbs fade away. The leather gains some strength without becoming overpowering. The feel of the flavor is a bit dry.

Halfway some herby chocolate comes to the palate, soon to be replaced by the leather & herbs & spices again. Close to the turning point the aroma becomes a bit creamy.

The smoke is quite full, could have been a bit thicker though. The ash was pretty firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I was quite impressed by it

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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