March 22, 2014

J. Castanon Mareba (5 3/4 x 50)

Video review HERE.

J. Castanon Mareba is the flagship brand of Trans Heritage Tobacco Company. The cigar features a 10 year old Brazilian maduro wrapper, Brazilian binder and fillers grown exclusively for Trans Heritage Tobacco Company. They are hand crafted in the old Cuban tradition.

The Mareba has a MSRP of $12.00 per cigar.

These cigars can be found at select retailers listed on their website, as well as Facebook (J. Castanon Cigars) and Twitter (@CigarsJCastanon).

The cigar is well made and is finished in a pigtail cap.

The cigar is quite dark and has a nice density.

The test draw after cutting the pigtail cap was very good. The initial flavors were a touch of cream, semi-sweet nutmeg, a touch of cedar, roasted nuts, coffee, and black pepper rated at an 8 when you retro hale. There is a toasted almond finish.

About an inch in the cigar settled down into a sweet cedar with secondary nutmeg notes. There is some richness. There are light cream notes just before the sweet cedar. You really notice them when you retro hale. The roasted nuts are just before the coffee base. The finish is now more of a cream with light roasted nuts. There is very little lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. It is burning very evenly. Smoke this cigar slowly to get the best flavors.

About 30 minutes in with about 3 inches remaining. The cedar is very sweet with some tanginess, or twang. The cream notes are noticed at the very beginning, then the sweet cedar, charred oak, and coffee. The nutmeg notes have gone away. Everything else is about the same. The cigar is still medium bodied. For an all Brazilian cigar I find this cigar to have more sweet cedar notes than others.

The cigar took 75 minutes to smoke. The sweet cedar continued and there are more charred oak notes now. The cigar hit the medium to full stage about the 2/3 point. The coffee was about the same but the pepper ticked up a notch. The finish was unchanged. This has been a very good cigar. At $12 per stick they are not inexpensive but well worth it. For an all Brazilian cigar I have been quite impressed.

Score: 92

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