April 30, 2017

Casta Cigars Fusion (5 1/2 x 44)

Video review HERE.

Casta Cigars uses two types of tobacco, both extremely rare and chosen for its excellency. Our main batch comes from a small farm in Brazil and is aged for 10 years. Our exclusive leaf is verifiable 1942 Pre-Embargo Cuban Picadura Seco Volado tobacco, originally hidden then forgotten in Lancaster, PA for over 50 years. All blends are finished with a Brazilian Vigoroso Maduro wrapper. Formed in the traditional Cuban style and inspected for perfection, every time.

Casta Cigars has always operated under the idea of quality over quantity.  All of our blends are 100% hand rolled and produced in limited amounts per batch. This assures a level of excellency rarely seen in the overwhelming world of mass produced cigars. We like to think of ourselves as a micro-roll, offering world class tobacco in limited release at reasonable prices.

All of our blends were artistically created by J. Castañon using the finest tobacco possible. J. Castañon's legacy first began in Cuba rolling at the legendary Cohiba Cigar Factory. His journey continued in the USA by rolling cigars at the country's oldest cigar shop, Demuth's Tobacco Shop in Lancaster, PA.  Today, J. Castañon continues to develop wonderful new blends from the Dominican Republic.

The Fusion is a 30/70% split of 10 year Brazilian & 75 year old Cuban filler. Brazilian wrapper with Indonesian binder.

The cigar has an average feel in the hand for a cigar of this size. 

The test draw after cutting the flat cap was good. The initial flavors were dry cedar, a touch of cream, and raw almonds. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2 and it is especially good when you retro hale. 

1 1/2 inches in (23 minutes) the front end flavors are light and not very sweet. The dry cedar is now a bitter strawberry. There is a touch of cream and a sprinkling of raw almonds. The finish is a combination of cream and raw almonds with a touch of lingering black pepper. The cigar is mild bodied at this point. 

A little past the midpoint (40 minutes) there is now black coffee at the base. There is a bit of sweetness in the strawberry and the bitterness has toned down. There are some light brown sugar notes now. The sweetness remains at a low level in the cigar. The coffee notes are very noticeable. The raw almonds and cream are quite subtle. The cigar is still mild bodied. The finish is unchanged.

The cigar ended (1 hour) with a minor elevation of sweetness in the strawberry notes, as well as the brown sugar. This has been a subtle cigar as far as any sweetness goes. The black coffee was pretty decent in amount. You have nice flavors but they are so very subtle in sweetness. If you are a mild cigar lover and have an interest in 75 year old Cuban tobacco you may want to give these a try. 

Score: 86

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