Our Score: (4 / 5)
- RH – 69%
- MSRP – $11.95
- Smoke Time – 1 Hour 45 Minutes
- Wrapper – Mexican San Andrés Maduro
- Binder – Nicaraguan
- Filler – Nicaraguan
- Length – 6
- Ring Gauge – 54
Initial Reactions and Appearance
The overall construction of the cigar is great, and the initial scent is that of aged tobacco. The first light gives some nice fire-blasted barrel flavor.
A wood-smoked flavor appears right away on the first few puffs, and its mixed with what tastes like white peppercorn. Every draw provides these complex flavors, and as the smoke progresses, the pepper flavor give way to a sweeter, cherry taste. Some oak appears between the already established flavors, making Las Calaveras 2018 quite complex throughout the first third.
Each draw is full-bodied, and a tropical guava flavor accompanies the wood/oak flavors from the first third. Complex and varied, the flavors on this stick make it difficult to put down. Though I wasn’t trying to keep the ash for a long period of time, it held well and fell on its own as the flavors distracted me.
The most prominent flavor on the final third of Las Calaveras 2018 is the pepper from the first. There’s so much going on that it’s almost too difficult to appreciate the individual components, but overall, Las Calaveras 2018 provides some incredibly bold flavors that delight the palette.
Would I Smoke Las Calaveras 2018 Again?
Absolutely, and I can’t wait to see if several months of rest will increase the complexity on the already amazing flavors of Las Calaveras 2018.