July 29, 2012
Reinado El Emperador (6 x 60)
Video review HERE.
Reinado Cigars are all Nicaraguan. From the Reinado Cigars site:
The REINADO blend distinguishes itself from all others on the market via an original and closely guarded secret fermentation process employing several types of select premium tobacco.
While from Cuban seed, the wrapper, binder, and filler are all grown in the lush tropics of Nicaragua.
This cigar is a medium brown in color and well made. It is quite dense and heavy in the hand.
After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors after lighting the cigar were a very sweet cedar, hints of vanilla, and a lot of black pepper.
About 3/4 inch in the flavors were pretty much the same as the initial flavors. The band was very loose on the cigar signifying the cigar is ready to smoke and should have a good draw, which it does. The cedar is very sweet and the vanilla backs up the cedar. The pepper is very good. The finish is one of vanilla with some lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. I would not be surprised if the cigar moved to medium to full bodied.
At the 1 inch point I detected some grapefruit citrus. It combines with the cedar, which is a little less sweet with the addition of the grapefruit citrus. The finish is now a toasted vanilla bordering on a cream. The pepper remains very good. The cigar is burning very evenly.
About 2 1/2 inches in there are coffee notes giving the cigar depth. The other flavors are unchanged. The cigar is still medium bodied but shows signs of going medium to full.
Just past the midpoint the cigar developed some richness in the cedar notes. There are still grapefruit citrus notes, coffee, and pepper remain consistent. The cigar seems to be medium to full bodied at this point. The finish is sweet and still one of a toasted vanilla with some lingering pepper. The richness was a nice addition. When I expelled the smoke through the nose I also get some vanilla notes.
With about 1 1/2 inches left the cedar notes are back prominent but the richness has decreased along with the grapefruit citrus. There are still faint vanilla notes. Every once in awhile I got hints of cherry on the spice. I started noting them just after the midpoint and I thought they were a fluke but I still got them from time to time. The finish remained unchanged along with the pepper.
The cigar wound down much like the previous segment. This cigar has made several transformations along the way with the cedar, coffee, hints of vanilla, and black pepper. There were periods of grapefruit citrus, richness, and hints of vanilla. The finish of a toasted vanilla was a constant. The cigar ended up medium to full bodied. This is the largest ring cigar that Reinado makes. The cigar had a lot of nice flavors and I believe people who like medium to full bodied cigars would like this cigar. I would have preferred the cigar had nice richness throughout the cigar but that's about the only negative.