September 24, 2011

Savinelli Dos Compeones Esteliano

Savinelli Dos Compeones Esteliano (4 1/2x48)

The tale of 2 cigars!

This is the new cigar from Savinelli and by any standard it is unusual.

In each box of Dos Campeones will be two different blends. The 'Sixto' and 'Coraje.' Steven Ysidron, CEO of Savinelli, worked on the blends for the Dos Campeones. When he could not decide which blend to move forward with, he decided to use both. When asked to comment on this decision he said, ''We have been in the cigar game for almost 20 years. I have tasted a lot of tobaccos, a lot of blends. I came up with something real special with the Dos Campeones, and couldn't decide which blend could carry the name. I think both blends really embody what Savinelli can bring to the table. I am excited to launch such an innovative line."

Coraje is Latin for 'Courage.' This is a strong blend cigar and is not for the weak hearted smoker. Only the strong, the brave, the courageous will attempt to smoke this cigar.

Sixto is Latin for 'Sixth.' This cigar is the sixth blend that Steven Ysidron has worked on. He believes that in each blend he has learned how to make the next better. He promises that this blend has been his best work so far.

This will be an interesting review since there are two different cigars in each box. I will review them separately and score them accordingly in this blog post. There will also be a separate video review for each.


Dos Compeones is available in the following sizes:

Apice: 6x54
Centurian: 5x52
Trabajador: 4x56
Esteliano: 4 1/2x48 (being reviewed today)


Dos Compeones Coraje Esteliano (4 1/2x48)



Factory: Esteli
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Vintage Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan


Video review HERE.

A dark brown cigar that when smells spicy and peppery even before it's lit. The test draw was very good. The initial flavors were leather, cinnamon, and lots of pepper. The cigar tastes full bodied at light up.

After a few minutes I can definitely say it's full bodied. There are nice notes of orange citrus with cinnamon mixed in with a ton of black pepper. The finish is sweet with raw almonds and vanilla with lingering pepper.



About 3/4 inch in the flavors have settled into rich orange citrus which is wine-like, cinnamon, and subtle raw almonds at the end of the spice. The finish is long with raw almonds and some richness. There is (again) a ton of black pepper on both ends, especially on the spice.

At about the midpoint the rich wine-like orange notes have taken the lead. The cinnamon is secondary. The almond notes have disappeared. The finish has taken on the rich orange notes with almonds.

I removed the band and the only negative I have to say about the cigar is I would like the finish to be a little richer. There are no changes in the flavors at this point.



At the end of the cigar it wraps up with a rich, orange citrus with wine-like characteristics, cinnamon on the back end, and lots of pepper. The finish is long with orange citrus and pepper. If the cigar had a richer finish it would have scored a little higher. Nevertheless, it receives a nice score.

Score: 92




Now, on to the Sixto...

Dos Compeones Sixto Esteliano (4 1/2x48)



Factory: Esteli
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Vintage Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan


Video review HERE.

This cigar looks very similar to the Coraje except for the band. I believe the same tobaccos were used in each but in different amounts.

If you will remember, Steve had this to say about the Sixto:


Sixto is Latin for 'Sixth.' This cigar is the sixth blend that Steven Ysidron has worked on. He believes that in each blend he has learned how to make the next better. He promises that this blend has been his best work so far.


So...let's see!

The test draw was very good. At light up the flavors were cinnamon and pepper. I let it sit for a minute.

This cigar is starting off different from the Coraje. There are sweet orange notes and light roasted almond notes with nice pepper. There is not quite as much pepper in this cigar. The finish is long with vanilla and lingering pepper.



This cigar is not quite as full bodied as the Coraje. The orange citrus and lightly roasted almonds are almost dead event; a 50-50 split. The burn is very even and the ash is tight. I am only about 3/4 inch in at this point.

At the midpoint there are coffee notes that have appeared. The orange notes are the leader with the almond notes more subtle at this point. It appears that they used more ligero in the Coraje than this cigar. The coffee notes appear to be taking the place of the almond notes.



At the end of the cigar it wrapped up with nice orange notes with coffee. There is some richness in the orange notes at the end. The pepper remained good. The finish remained good. I feel this cigar is a tick lower than the Coraje. This was a very enjoyable cigar, however.

Score: 91


So there you have it. Two different blends of the same cigar in the same box. Sample each at your local shop and decide if you want a box. Both are very good cigars with the Coraje being very full bodied and the Sixto being full bodied. The flavors are different in each. Steven Ysidron has developed 2 very good blends in these cigars. These are the most full bodied of any Savinelli cigar I've sampled. The Dos Compeones should do well for Savinelli.

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