JC Newman

January 24, 2023

Caldwell Long Live the Queen; Queen's Sword (7 x 38)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from cigaraficionado.com website)

Boutique brand owner Robert Caldwell is releasing a new line of cigars called Long Live the Queen, a regular production line of smokes that he says has been aging for the better part of a year after rolling. He expects to begin shipping in October.

Made in the Dominican Republic, Long Live the Queen is rolled at the El Maestro factory, a smaller factory owned by William Ventura. It’s a four-country blend consisting of a reddish-brown Cameroon cover leaf, a Sumatra binder grown in Indonesia and a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. 

The line will come in four sizes: Queen’s Sword, a lancero measuring 7 inches by 38 ring gauge ($14.50) (REVIEWED TODAY); Queen’s Court, a 5-by-52 robusto ($14); Queen’s Sceptre, a 6-by-50 toro ($15); and Queen’s Club, a vitola the company refers to as toro gordo measuring 6 by 56 ($16).

A fifth size called Ace of Hearts, which is box pressed and measures 6 by 52, will retail for $18. Production on that size will be capped at 700 boxes.

According to Caldwell, the cigars are medium-full in strength. All sizes will ship in white boxes of 10.

The new brand continues the royal theme from Caldwell, who also produces Long Live the King and The King is Dead.

The cigar is long and slender. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus peel, brown sugar, pear, and leather. There was black pepper rated at 7 to 7 1/2. Nice start.

At the first third (18 minutes) the cigar has really blossomed. Now the notes are a very sweet apricot, a ton of brown sugar, a ton of cinnamon, and leather. There is a nice richness in the sweeter notes. The cigar is medium bodied but it seems to be leaning toward medium to full. The finish is apricot and light leather with very good lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 95.

Moving through the second third (34 minutes) the only difference is there is a touch of earthiness and a slight decrease in richness. The finish is apricot and cinnamon with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar is still very good but I lowered the score to 94 with the decrease in richness and some earthiness.

The cigar lasted a quick 50 minutes. The richness made a comeback and the earthiness, while still there, is very manageable. There's still some leather at the base but what you'll notice is the very sweet apricot, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I rated the final third 95. This is one to put on your map. An excellent cigar from Caldwell. 

Overall Score: 94.67

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