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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Casa Turrent 1880 Supremo
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)
89
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 PBR

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Solid feel to the cigar, no soft spots, feels like one spot could be an issue if it's plugged. Lovely dark rich brown color. Minor veins, nothing that looks like it'll cause issues with the burn though. Nice looking cigar, seems and cap are smooth and hardly noticeable.

After cutting, the draw is near perfect. The cold draw is tasty, not sure what I'm really tasting though. Difficult to describe. heavy wood notes, cedar maybe.

The cigar has a classy look with the gold and black double bands.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The slightly open draw provides mouthfuls of smoke. The burn is a little wavy, but not so much that doesn't seem to be correcting itself and definitely isn't causes me issues.

The ash is solid, salt and pepper colored. You can see the layers of tobacco in the ash. Solid and holds on for over an inch.

About the halfway mark the burn turns wonky. One side burning faster than the other. The touch of spit on the wrapper trick seems to slow it down and straighten it out. No touch up needed.

The burn continues to be a little wonky. One touchup. overall not terrible.

Total smoke time, just under 2 hours.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The cigar looks very well constructed and has a very solid feel in the hand. The cap and wrapper are expertly applied with smooth seems.

The draw is very nice, just a touch open. This allows for copious amounts of smoke in the mouth though.




Flavor: 31 Points of 35 Possible

1st Third - The cigar comes out of the gate heavy and strong and a little hot on the tongue. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and a touch of cedar and a decent pepper kick on the end. About an inch and half in the pepper mellows.

Should have had bourbon instead of PBR but it's Sunday night.

2nd - The cigar has really smoothed out. only a slight change in flavors with coffee front and forward. The woody notes have moved towards charred oak or what I imagine charred oak would taste like. A touch of sweetness pops in occasionally.

Yep time for a little bourbon...

3rd - Little bit of pepper kicks back in. Still have coffee and wood notes with some occasional sweetness.
The final 3rd is full strength again. Pepper on the lips and tongue. A few puffs with minimal pepper and those were top notch.


Summary

Thank you to Brian for including me in the critique. Definitely close to full, medium + at the least.

When the pepper settles down this is a great cigar. I don't mind a little pepper but a couple spots it was a touch much.

I wondered as I smoked this how much time it would take for it to really mellow. That would be an excellent smoke if it did.



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