August 25, 2013

Arandoza White Label Robusto (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.
Arandoza Cigars are the first private boutique brand to be to be produced in Erik Espinosa's La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Robert Arango is the owner of Arandoza Cigars. They plan on expanding through the United States this year.
Here is the rundown on the White Label:
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Dark Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 5 x 52 “Robusto”
         6 x 52 “Toro”
         7.25 x 49 “Doble Corona”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $ 6.50 - $ 8.00
The cigar is nice looking and well made. It is triple capped:

The cigar has a nice density. It is weighty in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors were a sharp, dry cedar, light cocoa notes, and light earth notes. The pepper was very good and rated at an 8. The ash is already showing a nice white color. Seems appropriate for a cigar named "White Label".

About 1/2 inch in there are some sweet notes kicking in. The cedar is now becoming sweet and showing some hints of richness. There are also some dry oak notes. The initial combination of cedar and cocoa surprised me in a Nicaraguan cigar that is not a maduro. The cigar is medium bodied and shows signs of going fuller.

About 2 inches in the band has been removed. At this point all the flavors are intensifying. The cedar is a little sharper with more sweetness. The cocoa is sweeter and richer. The earth notes are subtle and the oak notes are detectable but somewhat subtle also. The finish is a toasted cream with a few notes of oak and some lingering pepper. The cigar is now in the medium to full range. It is burning very evenly.

The cigar ended with much more oak notes. The cedar is still sweet and sharp. The cocoa notes have tailed off but still detectable. The earth notes really don't have much to do with the cigar any more. The finish is about the same. The cigar ended up medium to full bodied. This cigar has made several changes here and there. I enjoyed the combination of cedar and cocoa. The cigar burned very evenly. This was the only sample I had so I tried to give an accurate description. Very good cigar. Look for them in local shops soon as they plan to expand throughout the U.S.

Score: 92

1 comment:

Mr. Martin said...

Nice review, Tim! I tasted a lot of the same flavor notes as well.