Team Cigar Review: CLE Habano 70×4

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Cigar Details: CLE Habano 70×4

  • Vitola: Take a guess
  • Length: 4″
  • Ring Gauge: 70
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Habano
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru
  • Factory: El Aladino
  • Blender: Christian Eiroa
  • Price: $8.92
  • Release Date: July 2018
  • Source: CLE

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The initial reaction to the CLE Habano 70×4 is how girthy it is for its short size. The wrapper is light brown and shows some veins though they are well pressed. The seams are easily visible due to the vein placement. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band is the traditional design for most of the brands lines and carries an orange primary color for the Habano line. The holographic strip and the thin gold lines are nice touches. Just below the band is a tissue wrap that ties off covering the foot. It has the company and line names printed on it. The aroma from the wrapper is light wood while the foot brings a fuller wood and light white pepper. The pre-light draw brings a slightly sweet and spicy cedar with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The CLE Habano 70×4 has half the cigar covered in a branded paper wrapper that says Habano, with a UPC code. There is an orange band with silver and black writing as well. The cigar has a smooth wrapper, and aromas of cedar, baking spices and hay. In the foot, I’m able to smell honey and clover.

First Third

The cigar begins with cedar, an intense baking spice and a light cream. At a half inch in, the baking spice mellows slightly. The retrohale is primarily creamy cedar with a slight baking spice in the background. The end of the third arrives fairly quickly and the baking spice has picked back up and taken the lead over the creamy cedar. The strength in this third was medium.

First Third

The CLE Habano opens with creamy sweetness and cocoa, followed by baking spices. Those spices are intensified through the retrohale, as is the creaminess. Some chocolate develops mid palate on the retrohale, as the spice intensity ramps up quickly. While the spices become quite intense, they don’t dominate or overwhelm the palate. Those spices move all the way up to full strength, with sweet cedar settling into the mid palate. Some post draw cedar is present, and that cedar intensifies to medium plus. The creaminess starts to push back against the baking spices as the cigar progresses.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the creamy cedar and baking spice have become even, but the baking spice has a very long finish. At a quarter inch in, a slight char joins the cedar. At a half inch in, the cream and baking spice have become fairly faint. The retrohale provides creamy cedar still. As the third comes to a close, the creaminess has increased a bit to go along with the slightly charred cedar and light baking spice. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

Hay joins the mid palate during the transition, as cedar is at the front of the palate. Creaminess joins the mid palate, with background spices as the cigar settles in.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char has picked up a bit. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice has dropped out of the profile. The retrohale is now a slightly charred cedar. As the cigar comes to a close, it finishes with the charred cedar and slight creaminess. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The last third has sweetness, creaminess and then finishes with cedar. The baking spices have almost completely fallen off the profile. The post draw still has a dry cedar. The retrohale has a mild cocoa that finishes it, followed by hay.

Burn

The burn line was a bit wavy throughout. At one point I had to touch-up the burn line around the entire cigar as it seemed like it was tunneling as smoke production lowered and I needed to get everything back in sync. I knocked off the ash at the halfway point just to avoid a major mess in case it dropped unexpectedly.

Burn

The burn is slightly uneven in the first third, eventually requiring a touch-up at the halfway point. The burn is uneven in the second third eventually self correcting, a touch-up is required in the last third. Ash holds on well holding on almost the entire smoking experience.

Draw

The draw was a bit looser than I preferred and that was a bit amplified due to the large ring gauge.

Overall

The cigar provided a good flavor profile through the first two thirds and then dropped down a bit in the final third. CLE does Habano wrapped cigars pretty well and this was no exception. The vitola size is not really my cup of tea as I don’t care for the mouthfeel and find the draws take some getting used to as well as require some added work. If you’re OK with large ring gauge cigars, then the CLE Habano 70×4 is well worth your time. The first third burned through fairly quick, but after that, it had a longer smoking time per third. Don’t expect this to be a fast smoke due to the short length.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
GoodSecond ThirdAverage
AverageFinal
Third
Average
GoodBurnVery Good
GoodDrawAmazing
GoodOverallAverage

Draw

Although I almost always use a v-cut, the 70 ring gauge is beyond what my v-cutters could manage. Using a straight cutter, I found the draw to be slightly resistant, up to 1/2 notch, but still in the ideal zone of resistance.

Overall

Although I described the overall flavor experience of the CLE Habano 70×4 as average, it was nonetheless an enjoyable combination of flavors. The short smoking time, and the unusual vitola format worked well for me. I would smoke the CLE Habano again, and I am looking forward to reviewing the other CLE 4×70 format cigars.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.32

Cost/Point

$1.41

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.49

Scoring System

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