Team Cigar Review: Casa Cuevas Maduro Clásico Prensado

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Cigar Details: Casa Cuevas Maduro Clásico Prensado

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Colombia, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Las Lavas
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $8.40
  • Release Date: August 2018
  • Source: Casa Cuevas

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is a uniform brown and has a few slightly raised veins present on the pressed cigar. The seams are smooth and barely visible. Other than the top cap, the other caps are very hard to detect, so it’s two, maybe three. The band is the traditional design for the company and this line has black as the color with gold lettering and borders. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cocoa, tobacco sweetness and mild white pepper. The foot brings stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings some wood and stone fruit sweetness. There is mild spiciness that is present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Maduro Clásico Prensado has a soft box press, and an oily dark brown, almost black wrapper. The band is Casa Cuevas in gold against a black background. This band should be reference material for simple but elegant.

Pre-light Experience

The Casa Cuevas Maduro Clásico Prensado has a rich maduro wrapper shade. The wrapper feels hearty, oily and has uniformed toothiness. Veins are well pressed, seams tight but visible, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep layered cap. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar and baking spices. Aromas from the foot give white pepper, cedar and nuts. Cold draw tells raisins, cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, earthiness and black pepper. A half inch in, a slight cocoa note joins the profile as the black pepper mellows a bit. At an inch in, a slight mustiness joins the profile as the black pepper is gone. The retrohale brings wood, earth and mustiness. At an inch and a half some spiciness becomes present to go along with the musty wood, earth and faint cocoa. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty wood, earth, light cocoa and faint spiciness. The strength is slightly below medium.

First Third

The first few puffs bring oceans of chocolate, leather and some rep pepper flake at the back of my throat. The chocolate becomes more defined on the retrohale as a powdered cocoa, with a delayed red pepper flake finish. Post draw, some light plus pepper joins in and begins to build in intensity. As the Casa Cuevas Maduro settles in, powdered cocoa carries into the post draw with the leather flavor growing to medium minus. A heather like sweetness builds to light plus, with the retrohale cocoa building to medium. In the bottom half of the first third, the pepper and red pepper flake are all the way down to light.

First Third

The first third gives defining notes of chocolate, cedar and baking spices. Retrohaling gives a large dose of white pepper and fudge with less noticeable cedar. The finish is a bit gritty with a long and lingering dry earth/soil and cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the profile from the previous third. At three quarters of an inch in, the spice has picked up a little. The retrohale shows musty wood and earth. As the third comes to a close, some char joins the musty wood while the earthiness is right behind and the cocoa has dropped out of the profile. The strength remains at slightly below medium.

Second Third

Sweetness has intensified moving into the second third, with light pepper carrying the profile in the post draw. The red pepper flake still lingers at the back of my throat at light strength levels.

Second Third

The second third shifts to a more earth and wood centric profile. The chocolate and associated creaminess of the chocolate gradually keeps on decreasing. What I’m left with is baking spices, minerals, cedar and soil. Strength and body is unchanged at medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the charred, musty wood and earthiness. At an inch in, the profile has remained the same with a slight mintiness that has joined as the cigar has heated up. The retrohale brings slightly charred and musty wood along with some earth. The cigar finishes out with the same profile. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

Sweetness remains at the front of the palate with chocolate and cedar in the middle. Cocoa comes back on the retrohale with equal strength cedar, both light plus. As the final third settles in, earthiness joins and grows to take over the profile and post draw. Char joins the profile and reduces in strength after several purges.

Final Third

The final third is entirely wood, spice and earth oriented (baking spices, minerals, cedar, soil). The chocolate aspects are completely gone at this point. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy throughout. The cigar did go out once in the final third requiring a re-light. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The burn is slightly uneven in the first third, eventually requiring a touch-up. The cigar burns straight in the middle third, requiring a re-light at the end of the second. Ash holds on well, up to 2 inches.

Burn

The burn was perfect. Cool burn, even burn and solid ash marks.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with wood, earth and black pepper and gained some cocoa fairly quickly. The pepper transitioned over to a general spice note and some mustiness joined. As the cigar progressed, some char joined the musty wood as the cocoa and spice dropped out. Construction was pretty good aside from a re-light. The cocoa was a nice touch for the first third and once it went away, the profile became fairly average. This was a good follow up to the Habano we reviewed. I’d have no problem smoking this again, but it wouldn’t be at the top of the list of maduros that I would reach for.

Draw

The draw is 2 to 2-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

The Casa Cuevas Maduro Clásico Prensado is an enjoyable cigar with flavors of cocoa, leather, red pepper flake, pepper, sweetness and earth. Burn performance is very good, with a bit of a tight draw. Strength peaked just over medium at times, but was approachable throughout the smoking experience.

Draw

The draw was also perfect. The ideal resistance and air flow.

Overall

The first third showed a lot of promise with a great creamed chocolate with some nice surrounding baking spices, minerals and cedar. But by the time the second third came around, the creaminess of the chocolate drastically decreased to the point where it was non-existent by the final third. This led to a profile that was too earth, spice and wood dominant. For this reason, it was an overall average smoking experience.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
Very GoodPre
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$1.42

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.42

Cost/Point

$1.31

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.38

Scoring System

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