October 28, 2017

Serino Cigars Wayfarer The 109 (6 1/4 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website.)
At the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas Nevada, Serino Cigar Company will formally introduce “The Wayfarer”. This cigar line is a project of Carson Serino, the son of Serino Company founder Anthony Serino.

The Wayfarer started out as Carson Serino’s personal cigar. The Wayfarer was sold naked to select retailers and handed out as an event-exclusive cigar. Serino Company says the cigar will now be a full time production cigar.

To produce this cigar, Carson teamed up with Luis Omar González, son of famed Cuban Master Blender Omar González-Alemán. “For this project we wanted to create a traditional Cuban styled cigar with new era branding. We implemented traditional Cuban rolling methods and used original Cuban molds, including the very 109 mold that has crafted some of Cuba’s most memorable cigars,” commented González.

The blend for the Wayfarer features an Ecuadorian Corojo ’99 wrapper, Jalapa binder, and undisclosed Nicaragua fillers. The blend will initially be available in three vitolas, later to be expanded to five, with the additional two being special releases. As with the other Serino Cigar Company lines, the Wayfarer is produced at Omar González-Alemán’s La Corona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo ’99
Binder: Jalapa, Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (undisclosed)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Corona Cigars, S.A.)

Vitolas Available

The Wayfarer blend will first be offered in the following vitolas:

Wayfarer Corona Gorda w/ Cuban triple cap (6 x 46) – $7.70 MSRP (Boxes of 20, $154)
Wayfarer Robusto w/ Cuban Perilla cap (5 x 52) – $8.50 MSRP (Boxes of 20, $170)
Wayfarer “The 109” cap Toro (6 ¼ x 50) – $9.20 MSRP (Boxes of 20, $184) REVIEWED TODAY

The two future releases planned are:

Wayfarer Corona (5 1/8 x 44) – $6.95 MSRP (Boxes of 20, $139)
Wayfarer Dalia (6 ¾ x 43) – MSRP TBA

Previously I reviewed another Serino cigar that got a very good rating; the Serino Royale Medio Petite Sublime. It received a score of 94.

The cigar is called a toro but has a torpedo-like cap that is dome shaped. It is dense feeling and has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors were a tangy, sweet orange citrus, brown sugar and quite a bit of cinnamon. There are subtle cream notes. There was black pepper which I rated at a 7 1/2 to 8. There was a black coffee base but the sweeter notes really out shined the coffee notes. 

About 1 1/2 inch in (30 minutes) nothing has changed. I would call the cigar medium bodied at this point. The finish is heavy citrus and cream with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. As a point of reference I've had all 3 sizes of these cigars, usually while riding around in the afternoon. For this cigar I had my customary apple prior to doing this review. I noticed a significant improvement in the flavors after having the apple thus proving once again that the apple trick is for real. I suggest you try this also. 

A little past the midpoint (55 minutes) the flavors are consistent but now there are nutmeg notes in place of the cream notes. The coffee notes are more elevated now. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is still citrus and now there is a toasted cream. The lingering pepper is still good. 

The cigar lasted 1 hour 30 minutes. Caramel notes entered the picture in the final third. They were noticeable but not heavy. The brown sugar was elevated. The cigar reached full bodied in the final third also. The other notes of citrus, cinnamon, and black coffee were still about as they were previously. The finish had more citrus notes. After having the apple the flavor notes really popped in this cigar. I loved the tangy, sweet citrus notes and the brown sugar and cinnamon are always nice. The minor changes the cigar had along the way did not detract from it. Going from medium bodied to full bodied was nice also. This was a good cigar!

Score: 94

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