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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Casa Turrent 1880 Supremo
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: McBryde
45
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 Sweet Tea

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

The cigar was a nice dark chocolate color with one med vein running through the wrapper leaf. It had a sweet nice smell of mild tobacco to it. It reminded me of the smell of some good CC's that I have smelled. The wrapper was dry, and cut smoothly. It was hard towards the head of the cigar, but at about half way, it felt a little spongy, and under filled.

Light & Burn: 3 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar lit up well, and burned until about 1/2 way when the cigar went out for the first time. It was re-lit, and went out again at about 2/3. The ash color was a dark grey, with black lines in it. There was not a lot of smoke volume on the back half of the cigar, but there was good volume on the front half. The ash fell off quite quickly from the cigar, only getting about 1/2" of ash before it would fall off. Even after the second re-light, I had to tend the burning twice more to keep it lit.

Construction: 15 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was OK for the first 1/2 of the cigar, and then when it hit the second 1/2, it went downhill. It was far less smoke coming out of it, and far more trouble keeping it lit. The under-filling of the cigar made this construction a big issue.

Flavor: 10 Points of 35 Possible

The taste profile:
Pre-light draw - This was a sweet flavorful tobacco taste, with a hint of chocolate.

1st third: The spice kick right off the bat wasn't too bad, but was definitely there. It followed with a chocolatey spice that was nice, and then had a little leather taste with it. Right at the end of the first third, I picked up a bittery hay taste that wasn't pleasant. I purged the cigar well, and and rolled into the second 1/3.

2nd third: The beginning of the second 1/3 was another kick of chocolate and spice, mixed with the hay and a little caramel. The last of this third was plagued by construction flaws, so it took a beating on taste as well.

Final third: This 1/3 was plagued by the construction, as well as the 2nd third. It was underfilled, and caused there to be a harsh tobacco flavor. It burned hot and there was a burn on the tongue for a little over the last third. It was a sharp unappealing flavor of burnt out tobacco. When it went out for the 3rd time after I had tried to keep it going after 2 relights and 2 more touch-ups, I gave up on it, and let it go out for good.

Summary

Starting this cigar, the smell of a nice sweet rolled tobacco cigar I was looking forward to it immensely! It was starting off to be a good cigar with the flavors in the first 1/3. However, the cigar did not produce what it showed off! It was like a Christmas morning where you are ready to get that great gift you've been asking for for 6 months, and expect to get it, and then you don't. I'm sure that the construction issues of this cigar had a HUGE impact on the flavor though. From my experience with this single cigar though, I wouldn't fork over the $$ for another one. Might be worth trying one as long as you fondle the cigar first thought o make sure there are no packing issues!



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