Team Cigar Review: Casa Cuevas Habano Clásico Prensado

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Cigar Details: Casa Cuevas Habano Clásico Prensado

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Las Lavas
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $8.20
  • Release Date: August 2018
  • Source: Casa Cuevas

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

A light brown wrapper adorns this soft rectangle press of the Casa Cuevas Habano Clásico Prensado. There are a few slightly raised veins present and the seams are easily visible as they are lifting in some areas. The head is finished off with what appears to be a double cap. The band is the traditional design for the company’s lines and this line carries a burgundy color with gold lettering and borders and denotes the company name. The aroma from the wrapper is a creamy mixture of leather and hay. The foot is the same but with the addition of some tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw also brings the creamy mixture of leather and hay. There is also a mild spiciness present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Habano Clásico Prensado has a lovely press to it and comes with a silky smooth Habano wrapper. There is some nice give to touch and the coloring is of a solid Colorado. The aroma on the wrapper is of leather, tobacco and wood, while the foot is showing some rich earth, spices, cherry, leather and tobacco notes.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Habano Clásico Prensado has a Colorado Claro wrapper shade. The wrapper texture is both fairly oily and clean. Bunch and roll is even, veins well pressed, seams tight and head finished off with a deep triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper give barnyard and dried apricots. Aromas from the foot give cream, dried nuts, sweet dried apricots and a hint of black pepper. Cold draw gives namely cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted cedar and some mild black pepper. After a few draws, the black pepper is replaced by a subtle cinnamon. At a half inch in, some meatiness and mustiness have joined the toasted cedar as the subtle cinnamon has transitioned back to a faint black pepper. At an inch in, the toasted cedar has transitioned to oak as the black pepper has become more pronounced and is even with the meatiness and mustiness. The retrohale is similar just with even more black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the pepper and meatiness have eased up as the oak is up front with the mustiness right behind. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third starts out with a nice cherry profile and with that is some nutty qualities showing some Brazil nut and hazelnut profiles. I have some sweet earth notes present with that, and the finish has some spice and mineral traits. Strength and body are right at a medium level and it is quite smooth.

First Third

The initial quarter inch or so brings a natural cigar tobacco flavor. Past that mark, the profile expands to giving sharp minerals, barnyard and roasted chestnuts. Retrohaling is where the spice is most present, giving a nice dose of black pepper and toastiness. The finish is full of earthy notes such as dirt, gravel and an underlying black pepper spice. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the black pepper increases slightly as the oak and mustiness are up front. There is still some meatiness in the background. At an inch in, the oak gains some char while the mustiness remains right behind. The meatiness and black pepper are now very faint in the background. The retrohale provides slightly spicy cedar and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the charred oak remains up front with the mustiness slightly behind. There is still a slight black pepper in the background, but the meatiness is gone. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding the spice level to be on the rise. There are some peppery traits on the retrohale, while the core flavors of cherry, tobacco, earth and nuts are present as well. Not overly complex, but enjoyable. As before, solid medium in terms of strength and body.

Second Third

The strength moves to a medium-full (body still medium). In terms of flavors, there’s less spice and mineral influence on this third. The flavor is more geared towards roasted chestnuts and a dry barnyard. The retrohale however is still a fuller black pepper spice and toastiness.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the charred oak and mustiness are up front with some black pepper in the background and carrying a long finish. At a half inch in, the cigar has warmed up some which brings some mintiness to the profile. At an inch in, the profile remains slightly charred oak and mustiness with some mintiness and black pepper. The retrohale shows a little more black pepper along with the charred oak and mustiness. As the cigar comes to a close, it maintains the same profile. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

When I get into the final third, I find the cherry sweetness to be gone and the same goes for hazelnut and Brazil nut traits. The sweet earth qualities remain, and with that the mineral flavors and peppery spice on the retrohale. The strength and body are remaining at a medium level and it has been consistent from start to finish.

Final Third

The last third falls apart a bit, being mainly a slightly charred cedar and creamy roasted nuts. The finish is where the charred aspect is picked up the most. Strength is still medium-full and body is still medium.

Burn

While the burn line was slightly wavy, the cigar had a hard time staying lit and required a few re-lights. The ash was a bit flaky as well. The ash held on in about one inch increments.

Burn

The burn on the cigar had its ups and downs. At times the burn was solid, nothing special but presenting no problems, and at other times it was all over the place, wavy and uneven.

Burn

The burn had its share of issues. I lost count on the number of touch-ups required due to tunneling issues. It’s too bad because the wrapper had such a nice spice and mineral component and overall depth to it.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar started with toasted cedar and black pepper and quickly gained some meatiness and mustiness. As the cigar progressed, the cedar transitioned to oak which then gained some char. The mustiness and black pepper remained throughout as the meatiness left in the second third. The burn was a bit of an issue with multiple re-lights required, but the draw was perfect. Strength was right around medium the whole way. This was my first experience with the brand and it was a pretty good one. The various woods, meatiness, mustiness and pepper provided some nice combinations. It would be nice to see what a better burn could provide. I’d have no problem smoking this again and look forward to trying the other offerings from the company. If you haven’t smoked anything from this brand yet, the Habano would definitely be a good introduction.

Draw

The draw was a little loose to my liking on the cigar, but overall not a problem, just personal preference.

Overall

The Casa Cuevas Habano Clásico Prensado was by no means a bad cigar, but it lacked a lot of qualities to make it a great cigar. I felt there was a lack of complexity, depth and transitioning, and if there was just a little more with the cigar I would have been very pleased. I do like the cherry, tobacco, spice and nutty combination, but it became monotonous and diminishing as the cigar progressed. Again, not a bad cigar but lacking in areas that could have helped it. I truly believe a larger ring gauge, with quality filler tobacco would ahve helped this blend.

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect.

Overall

As my first introduction to the brand, I enjoyed the flavor profile of the Casa Cuevas Habano Clásico Prensado. Natural cigar tobacco flavor, sharp minerals, barnyard, roasted chestnuts with a nice dose of black pepper on the retrohale are all notes pointing to a well executed Habano wrapped cigar. The last third did lose steam and the burn was annoying as at times I couldn’t taste the wrapper influence along with the other leaves. All in all, a good way to get introduced to the Casa Cuevas brand.

Aaron
Seth
Jiunn
Very GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
Very Good
GoodFirst
Third
GoodFirst
Third
Good
GoodSecond ThirdGoodSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
AverageFinal
Third
Average
SubparBurnAverageBurnAverage
AmazingDrawGoodDrawAmazing
GoodOverallAverageOverallGood

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.42

Cost/Point

$1.28

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.40

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$1.26

Scoring System

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