Team Cigar Review: Eiroa Dark 50×5

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Cigar Details: Eiroa Dark 50×5

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
  • Binder: Honduran Corojo
  • Filler: Honduran Corojo
  • Factory: El Aladino
  • Blender: Christian Eiroa
  • Price: $12.75
  • Release Date: May 2019
  • Source: C.L.E.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

After sliding of the branded tissue wrap that runs from the foot almost up to the band of the Eiroa Dark 50×5, a light brown wrapper is revealed that carries a few slightly raised veins. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised as well. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. There are two bands that fit well together based on their shapes and are black and copper. The primary carries the company name while the secondary carries the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a very faint wood while the foot brings wood, dry earth and light tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings an equal mix of wood and stone fruit sweetness.

Pre-light Experience

The Eiroa Dark 50×5 is smooth in texture with few veins present throughout. It has a lovely triple cap and the color is between a light Colorado and dark Natural. There is an aroma of fruit, wood, earth, smoked meat and hay, and there is a finish of baking spices.

Pre-light Experience

The Eiroa Dark 50×5 has white tissue that covers 50% of the cigar with lettering that indicates Eiroa Dark, hecho a mano en Honduras. There is also a primary and secondary band that are styled to look like one piece. They are both a metallic brushed bronze on black with the secondary band indicating Eiroa Dark. Nosing the wrapper, I picked up fresh cut cedar, like cedar chips used in a paddock. In the foot, the cedar is still present but much lighter.

Pre-light Experience

The Eiroa Dark 50×5 has a rich natural espresso brown wrapper. Seams tight, minor soft spots within the first and last thirds, veins well pressed and head finished off with well wrapped caps. Aroma from the wrapper is pretty faint with a minor damp grass. Foot aromas gives pungent white pepper and nuts. Cold draw gives cedar, hay, must and celery seeds.

First Third

The cigar begins with a note that verges on char and a highly concentrated baking spice. There is also some mustiness present. At a quarter inch in, some wood joins the profile and the note that was hard to define is now locked in as a highly concentrated baking spice. At an inch in, the baking spice has mellowed and become even with the wood while the mustiness is in the background. The retrohale carries all three notes at equal levels. As the third comes to a close, the wood and mustiness are up front with the baking spice right behind. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The cigar begins by delivering some sweet baking spices and with that is some tobacco, earth and cream. The finish has a slight pepper quality, but it is faint and not overpowering. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in body and strength, and the flavors are right there as well.

First Third

Dry cedar opens the flavor profile. Some light plus baking spices joins on the retrohale with mild post draw pepper. Those spices intensify to medium with more complexity as the cigarp proceeds. Post draw pepper moves to the back of my throat and lingers. Syrupy sweetness comes in under the retrohale spices. Under pinning everything is this really rich creaminess that almost goes unnoticed. By the halfway point of the first third, this cigar is already sneaky strong. Post draw cedar joins in the bottom half with the spice intensity reducing to light. The creaminess is carrying the profile by this point.

First Third

The first third has some good flavors mixed with some not so good ones. Within what is favorable, the profile is very nutty with a natural sweetness that follows. Unfortunately, there is also a level of unrefined harshness to the profile that at times tastes a bit metallic. Retrohaling brings both the good and not so good mentioned notes to a more intense level. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the musty wood, which is slightly dry now, and some lighter baking spice. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice has taken on a bit of a metallic note to it. At a half inch in, the wood gains a slight toasted note. The retrohale now carries toasted wood, mustiness, light dry earth and faint baking spice. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted and musty wood along with some light baking spice. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and with that is some nice transitioning. There are some lovely herbal qualities with the cigar and with that is some hay, earth and tobacco. The finish is showing some creamy qualities and with that is some solid baking spice qualities. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level for strength, body and flavors.

Second Third

The sweet creaminess moves to the retrohale, and carries into the post draw. Mild spices are in the middle of the profile mixing with cedar. Toasted sweetness joins the middle profile as the cigar settles in. No other transitions through the middle third.

Second Third

The second third helps to taper down the unrefined metallic harshness to some extent, which allows the naturally sweet nuttiness to shine through more. But even with that said, the flavors at times do seem a bit thin. Strength and body continues to be medium-full and medium.

Final Third

The final third maintains the toasted and musty wood and light baking spice and begins showing some dry earth as well. At a half inch in, the toasted note and baking spice leave the profile while musty wood and dry earth remain. The retrohale carries toasted and musty wood along with a fair amount of dry earth. At three quarters of an inch in, some baking spice returns. As the cigar comes to a close, some char joins the wood while the mustiness and dry earth remain. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third shows a return of those classic flavors in the first third and I am picking up notes of sweet spices, earth, cream and tobacco. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level, and that is for strength, body and flavors.

Final Third

A pleasant cedar flavor is the base of the profile moving into the last third. Some barbecue joins the middle of the profile at a light plus level with cedar on the post draw. No other flavor evolution through the final third.

Final Third

Transitioning between the second to last third, there’s nothing new to talk about. Still the same unrefined metallic harshness with nuts. Strength and body finishes medium-full and medium.

Burn

The burn line was straight the entire way and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn started out a little uneven, but eventually turned itself around and by the end of the first third smoked great. The actual burn was not wavy, it was fairly even throughout and the ash produced was slightly firm with a nice charcoal gray coloring.

Burn

I rated the burn as very good. The ash held on well at 1-1/2 to 2 inches. By the bottom half of the first third, it was uneven and required a touch-up. It became uneven in the second third requiring a second touch-up. The last third was straight until the end.

Burn

Perfect burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, ample smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Draw

The draw started out loose, but by the second third was right where I prefer it.

Overall

The cigar began with a concentrated baking spice and mustiness and some wood joined in fairly soon. A toast note paired up with the wood and the baking spice mellowed out quite a bit. Some dry earth came in about halfway. The construction was great and allowed me to just focus on the flavor. I enjoyed the Eiroa Dark 50×5 quite a bit and look forward to smoking more. This is a great new addition to the Eiroa portfolio and I’d have no problem recommending this to others.

Draw

From start to finish the cigar had a perfect draw.

Overall

I was not blown away with the Eiroa Dark 50×5. I have never been one to go crazy over high priming blends in general, and that was the case with this cigar. I honestly believe that if they went with using tobacco from different primings that I and other smokers would have gotten a more complex and enjoyable blend. I did not find that the higher priming added more intense flavors or even a major increase in strength, but rather left the cigar somewhat one dimensional. With that being said, the construction and draw were great from start to finish.

Draw

The cigar was just under 1 notch towards the open spectrum but still well inside the ideal zone for draw.

Overall

The cigar had a solid smoking time of 1 hour and 41 minutes. The profile was medium with the strength hitting medium plus at times. Overall, I found the flavors of the Eiroa Dark 50×5 pleasant with cedar, baking spices, pepper, creaminess, syrupy sweetness and barbecue. The first third was the most complex for my smoking experience, and although the rest of the cigar was pleasant the complexity didn’t seem to return to the levels of the first third.

Draw

Perfect draw performance providing the ideal air flow.

Overall

The Eiroa Dark 50×5 was an average experience. There are some undeniable good Honduran Corojo flavors in this cigar such as a nice level of natural sweet nuttiness. But mixed with the metallic harshness and at times thinner flavors, this is a lackluster CLE experience. CLE can do better (much better), as when they hit the mark, there is the same great nuttiness I had with this cigar, but the body and flavor profile will also become fuller and more robust.

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Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$1.91

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$2.30

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.12

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.22

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