(from Cigar Aficionado website)
Christian Eiroa, the longtime president of Camacho Cigars, has returned to the cigar business with the formation of CLE Cigar Co. His long-term plan calls for several cigar brands made in various countries.
CLE stands for Eiroa’s initials (his middle name is Luís) and the first cigar to come from his new venture will be the CLE. A small-production brand, CLE will be rolled in a familiar spot for Eiroa, the Tabacos Ranchos Jamastran factory in Honduras where Camacho cigars are made. (Eiroa owned the factory with his father before selling Camacho to the Davidoff group in 2008.)
CLE will come in two varieties: CLE Cuarenta, made with Habano-seed wrapper, and CLE Corojo, made with Corojo wrapper. The Cuarenta is named in honor of Eiroa’s upcoming 40th birthday, which takes place in July.
Eiroa’s cigars will be vintage dated. “Tobacco changes every year, just like wine changes every year. I’m going to use the same varieties, but the cigars could vary, because it’s a different batch.” The dates, he said, will refer to the date of production, not necessarily the year of the harvest.
The cigar has a few bumps and ridges but that's ok. The fact that this is from Christian and it's a corojo are all I need to know to get me excited. The cigar feels dense in the hand and you can see from the foot it is very dense.
After cutting the cap the test draw was effortless. The initial flavors were earth, cedar and cinnamon mix, underlying cream, and pepper at about a 6 rating.
At about 1/4 inch the flavors are consistent. There is a toasted nut flavor on the finish along with some sweet cream. There is very little lingering pepper at this point.
About 3/4 inch in there is some richness coming in. There are also some wood notes. The earth notes are subdued now. The main flavors are the sweet, rich cedar and cinnamon combination. The pepper seems to be intensifying as it burns. The richness is at a 6 out of 10 rating. The cigar is medium bodied.
1 1/2 inches in the flavors continue to change. Now the primary flavors are rich cedar with butterscotch notes and wood. The richness is building. There are buttery notes that are very nice. The finish is now a sweet cream with a nice amount of lingering pepper. The cigar is making some nice changes.
The ash was very tight. Here I'm close to the midpoint and the ash has not fallen yet! The pepper is up to a 7. There are still buttery cedar notes.
At the midpoint the ash remains intact! Amazing. And, there are still flavor changes taking place. At this point the cedar now has black cherry notes mixed with it. There are still buttery notes but they are not butterscotch anymore.
Just before I got to the band the ash fell off. The flavors are about the same as previously but you could add in coffee notes. The earth notes have totally gone away and you notice the coffee notes more now. The finish remains the same. The cigar is still medium bodied.
The cigar ended up with sweet cedar and black cherry flavors but not as rich as before, coffee, and wood. The pepper remained at a 7. The finish remained a sweet cream with lingering pepper. It ended medium bodied. This is a great first cigar from Christian but that should not come as a surprise to anyone. The cigar made numerous changes that were all positive. I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit and urge you to look for them on shelves now.