When I went to the #CHAtweetup2012 three weeks ago (damn, it’s already been three weeks) I had never heard of Guayacan Cigars. Then fate interceded, I won a raffle, and I picked up a five pack of cigars I did not recognize named Guayacan. It was either fate or I didn’t want a shirt that would never fit me; it was an easy choice.
I didn’t think the cigars were going to be anything special when I lit the first one up a few minutes later but I quickly found out that I was wrong. That day I definitely spent more time smoking than not so by the time I lit up my first Guayacan cigar I did so because I didn’t want to waste one of the cigars I bought; I just wanted to smoke another cigar. And then something strange happened: I tasted great flavors. Wonderful flavors, flavors that I wasn’t expecting.
Well, that’s enough of this trip down memory lane. I ended up liking this cigar so much I had to meet the man who created these cigars and after meeting him I was truly impressed. Noel Rojas was born in Cuba (a place ruled by a government he has nothing but antipathy for) and was able to break out of that Hell hole about half a decade ago. Seriously, if you get a chance to meet him please do yourself a favor and introduce yourself.
His cigars are all artfully constructed with a good amount of oils and a semi-waxy feel to the wrapper. This particular cigar, the churchill, is a (mildly) box pressed cigar with a minimal amount of veins and a medium brown color to it.
Unless you act fast and get your hands on one of these churchills from the first batch produced you will never get a chance to smoke this cigar as each vitola, of which there are four, have unique blends and, starting with the second batch, the blend will be unified and based off of the blend for the current torpedo. (h/t halfwheel) Still, I have tried each vitola and there’s more similarities than there are differences so I don’t have a problem reviewing this cigar.
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo ’98
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’98
Price: MSRP $7.00/Cigar
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The flavor profile is a nice mix of sweetness and spice. It’s a very refreshing cigar; lightness plus strong flavors. There is also some oak hanging around. Very good start to the first third but, if I do have one quibble, it’s that the draw is a little tight during this first third, which is something I haven’t noticed from any of the other vitolas.
During the second third I am getting more of the same sweet spice and that is perfectly fine with me. I am also getting this doughy flavor intermittently. The draw opens up during this third and that is an improvement but, still, the flavors were very nice during the first third as well.
As I enter the final third a floral sweetness starts to come through. It’s a good way to end this cigar because it puts a nice cap on this light, refreshing cigar. There’s still a bit of spice but it’s not a big part of the flavor profile at this point. The draw does get a bit tight again.
Medium bodied with a slightly tight draw and a good burn what I like the most about this cigar is that the flavors are very alive from the first puff to the nub. Personally, I like draws to be a little loose and every other vitola in this line had a good draw by those standards but, for whatever reason, this one was just a little tight. However, the slightly tight draw did not affect the flavors or my enjoyment of this cigar all that much. Overall, I thought that each vitola was great. Find this cigar, which probably won’t be too much of a problem now that Emilio Cigars is now distributing this cigar. I’m eagerly looking forward to trying more from the next batch.