September 26, 2015

El Centurion H-2K-CT Toro (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(from the Cigar Aficionado website)
The Garcia family, owners of My Father Cigars, has acquired a hybrid wrapper grown in Connecticut and, with it, created a new brand: El Centurion H-2K-CT. 

The new cigar is named after the H-2K-CT Connecticut wrapper type, which the company said is proprietary to El Centurion. But it isn't a Connecticut wrapper in the usual sense. This isn't shade grown or broadleaf, but a Cuban-seed strain of tobacco grown in open sunlight and cultivated in the Connecticut River Valley.

"This new creation was a team effort between my father and me," said Jaime Garcia of My Father Cigars, which produces the El Centurion and My Father brands. "It is a lot different than My Father Connecticut. And different from the regular El Centurion. This new version is a medium-bodied cigar with full flavor, but it's also box-pressed. We were looking for a blend that is accessible to every palate but different from all our other brands."

Though the wrapper is grown in Connecticut, the binders and filler tobacco is Nicaraguan. El Centurion H-2K-CT is made in Nicaragua at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory and will come in two box-pressed sizes: Corona, at 5 1/2 inches by 48 ring, and Toro at 6 by 52 (REVIEWED TODAY). They will retail for $7.10 and $8.10, respectively.

The cigar is not your usual looking Connecticut wrapper. It is much darker. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand; it feels very dense.

The test draw after cutting the cap was perfect. The initial flavors were sweet orange citrus, dry wood, and black pepper rated at an 8. I expected these flavors, for the most part.

About  1 inch in the notes are about the same but now there is a slight amount of butter and toasted cream so I am calling it a toffee flavor. There is an earthy coffee flavor at the base. The black pepper lingers nicely on the finish, which is one of a toasted cream. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

About 2 inches in the flavors are getting a little deeper and a little richer. There is now a black cherry flavor mixing with the orange citrus. The other notes are still around. The dry wood is somewhat overshadowed by the sweeter flavors. The cigar is still medium bodied and the finish is unchanged.

After removing the lower band the black cherry notes have now changed over to a brown sugar. The finish is a little sweeter. The cigar is moving to the medium to full bodied range. There is a little burn issue but I want to let it fix itself, if it can.

At the end the cigar maintained the citrus, toffee, dry wood flavors with the dry wood making a comeback. The finish is about the same. I am attributing the Connecticut wrapper giving the cigar some of the unusual flavors that it had. I enjoyed the cigar and it had some nice flavor changes. It finished at medium to full bodied. Good cigar worthy of a try.

Score: 91

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