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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Casa Turrent 1880 Supremo
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Barry (benchjockey)
87
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member nirab (Brian).  The cigar provided for this round is the Casa Turrent 1880 Supremo.

Casa Turrent 1880 premium handmade cigars pay tribute to the year the Turrent family entered the tobacco growing business in their native home of Mexico. Fittingly, it’s made with primarily all Mexican tobaccos that include a San Andrés wrapper, criollo 98 binder, and fillers from a rare vintage 2007 Negro San Andrés crop, along with Mexican criollo 98’ and a bit of criollo 98’ leaves from Nicaragua. This time-consuming, carefully planned recipe results in a smoke that Alejandro Turrent deemed as one of their best blends ever! The well-seasoned cigar aficionado will experience an intensely delicious medium body smoke brimming with highly complex notes of coffee, wood, toasted almond, warm spice, cinnamon, and a rich buttery sweetness on the finish.


Length:
6.5
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Mexico
Filler:
Mexico
Nicaragua
Binder:
Mexico
Wrapper:
Mexico
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with Ice Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

The Casa Turrent 1880 is a solidly built stick with a dark brown Mexican San Andres wrapper that shows a few veins and a couple of seams.
The cap clips evenly and cleanly with a straight cut. The pre-light draw gives off a mocha taste. I didn’t get much from the aroma, just a hint of woodsy tobacco.




Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar lit quickly, the draw perfect with a generous amount of smoke output. The ash was charcoal gray, but on the flakey side. The burn wandered after the first inch but purging it brought it back online.
This was a very slow burning stick. Smoking time was 2:25.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The draw remained consistent producing an abundance of smoke.
One relight was required due to canoeing. This was a one-time occurrence. The cap remained intact and the wrapper was problem free. The cigar never turned soft, retaining it’s solid feel.





Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

First third: Opening puffs revealed the taste of chocolate with some pepper through the nose. Coffee appeared and also vanilla.
About an inch in the taste turned creamy and then nutty.  By then the pepper had disappeared, even on the retrohale.

Second third: Pepper returns on the retrohale before quickly disappearing. The taste remains creamy with chocolate in the background. The strength that started out medium is now up to medium-plus. A berry flavor—strawberry?—is a welcome addition.

Final third: Starts off with a creamy- vanilla flavor. The strength is now medium-to-full. Pepper returns, as does chocolate.





Summary

For me this was a good cigar—just not a GOOD one. With the Mexican San Andres wrapper I expected, and would have preferred, a deeper, rich chocolate taste. That’s more in my wheelhouse. I wouldn’t call this a complex stick.  But the flavors were pleasant and I wouldn’t hesitate to smoke another one.
My thanks to Brian for his sponsorship and for giving me the opportunity to experience this cigar.






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