Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Go to the Cuvee Cigars site and you’ll get a flash-enabled bonanza of information about these cigars. Be forewarned, there is a long intro and the whole site is very, how should I say this, involved. But just because the site is really, really involved doesn’t mean it isn’t full of great information.
An example of this is how they describe the tobaccos used in their cigars. For the Cuvee Rouge they say it has Criollo 98 Dominicano tobacco as part of the filler tobacco. I have no clue what that means but I like knowing the information nonetheless – don’t you?
Enough! Onto the cigar review.
Very good looking robusto. It has a ton of oils and the wrapper has a medium darkness to it (it is a sun grown tobacco). I am pretty sure that I liked these cigars in the past so I am very hopeful for this one as well.
The draw is great and there is a lot of smoke. Nice. There’s some kind of cocoa taste to it, not overpowering though. It’s also a unique flavor that I haven’t come across all that often before. To tell you the truth I really start getting that cocoa flavor when I blow smoke out through my nose.
There’s a rich, chocolate aftertaste for this cigar which I can really taste on my tongue. Overall, this is a rich and creamy textured cigar. And you get all of this from a mild-medium bodied cigar. Amazing!
Most weaker cigars get overpowered by my Wild Turkey. Basically, I think this is a result of most mildish cigars just being dull and not worth smoking anyways. However, this Cuvee Rouge cigar is standing up very nicely to my drink and the burn is very even as well.
Even though I do think that this is a great cigar I still feel like there is something missing that would bump it up to another level. There is no spice with this cigar. There is no kick. There’s nothing about this cigar that I will absolutely crave for in the future.
It is a great cigar nonetheless. It is a dependable cigar with some good flavors. But it’s sort of like the cigar equivalent of my Mom’s Honda Accord. Sure, it’s great in every way that matters but, like my Mom’s Honda Accord, it just doesn’t have that something extra special.
As I look at my tasting notes now I see that I said that this is a dessert cigar. And while all the flavors are some derivative of cocoa I’m not sure, looking back on it now, that this is a totally apt description. I mean just because the flavors are cocoa with some chocolaty notes doesn’t mean it’s a dessert cigar. But that’s what I put in my notes so that is what I’m going with right now.
And even if you want to define this cigar as a “dessert” cigar and relegate it to that category of cigardom I could care less. It is a great cigar. This cigar has an effortless grace to it because it does the important things (great draw, burns evenly, good mix of flavors) better than most other cigars.
I would rather drive my Mom’s Accord or smoke this cigar than drive or smoke something that is only occasionally great. So even though this cigar isn’t classically a great cigar in my book it is undeniably a great cigar by any rational measurement.