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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Casa Turrent 1880 Supremo
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Koop
81
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 Bottled water

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

Slightly mottled dark chocolate wrapper with two prominent veins - one on each side, 180 degrees apart. Cannon was firm with no noticeable hard or soft spots. Cigar arrived without cellophane and had a few chips in the wrapper at the foot which proved to be inconsequential. Aroma was woody - allergies have affected my sense of smell and I didn't pick up any other identifiable aromas. There were two bands - the primary band had Casa Turrent in gold lettering over black and the secondary band was thin with 1880 by Alejandro Turrent in white lettering over black. Cap cut cleanly and the cold draw was open.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Foot lit easily and evenly. The first puff was sweet - maybe because that was what I expected from a San Andreas maduro. I never detected any sweetness after the first hit. Burn line became wavy after half an inch and by the one-inch mark required correction with my torch. Ash was light gray with dark areas. The flaky ash dropped in 3/4 inch intervals. Burn was wavy and scalloped to the halfway point where it finally evened out. A 1 to 2 millimeter carbon char line marked the burn throughout. Light smoke at idle in the first half, then it increased in volume. Smoke output with each puff was full and thick. Burn became lopsided at the start of the final third, but self-corrected.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Draw was good - not as airy as the cold draw suggested. Stick remained firm throughout the smoke. No issues other than the waviness of the burn line. Good smoke production with each puff - well constructed, I only wish I liked the blend.

Flavor: 20 Points of 35 Possible

Bland tobacco with a slight leather component was all I found in the first third. The leather morphed into wood and a hint of cinnamon in the second third. At the halfway point a slight white pepper appeared, but it remained fairly bland. In the final third the pepper receded and was replaced with a hint of hickory and more bland tobacco taste. It left a bitter finish on my tongue like burnt coffee. Body was medium+, strength increased in the final third to nearly full - I was glad I had eaten lunch before smoking and had water on hand. My wife commented that the aroma was reminiscent of a dying campfire.

Summary

I didn't know what to expect from a Mexican cigar - I haven't knowingly smoked one before. Maybe the fake Cuban a friend gave me was Mexican, I don't know. The flavor was not that enjoyable for me and I doubt if I would buy this stick if I ran across one. Many thanks to nirab (Brian) for sponsoring this critique and including me in the review team.



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