Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Hybrid 2006
Binder: Dominican Republic Habano 2006
Filler: Dominican Criollo 98 (Viso 2008), Dominican Corojo (Ligero 2006), Nicaraguan Habano (Seco 2007)
Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
Price Range: $5-$7
Availability: Store Exclusive (SmallBatchCigar)
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Shoutout: about 6 weeks ago, Andrew from Small Batch sent me several cigars to smoke and review. Today we finally sit down and review the Caldwell Eastern Standard Marble House. It’s a limited edition having only 3,700 cigars produced (100 boxes at 37 per) and weighs in at 40 x 5″.
If you’re taking notes, Andrew was also the first to give the CigarNoise community a discount! Much love for this guy.
I’ve smoked a few of these cigars over the last couple months, and so far the Eastern Standard Euro Express ( 44 x 5.5″) has to be my favorite coffee cigar! I’ll have to review it this week as well. From what I remember of this Marble House vitola, it’s a little harsher up front but retains a lot of the core flavors of the original Eastern Standard.
Caldwell Marble House – First Third
Earth, Cayenne (?), Cocoa
Initial puffs are rich in earth with a spicy pepper (cayenne?) finish in both the mouth and retrohale. Coffee, my favorite pairing with the Eastern Standard line, brings out a subtle cocoa from this cigar.
I love how the Eastern Standard packs a punch with lingering pepper – this is no exception. It’s the perfect amount of spice to wake you, while maintaining a smooth profile. Yet the Caldwell Marble House uses the same tweak as the Silk Road variation of Eastern Standard, and the smaller vitola definitely boosts the strength of the cigar in general.
Have you smelled 100% natural Cocoa Butter recently? That’s exactly what this cigar is reminding me of right now. Potent nuances of cocoa at around the 3/4 inch mark with a charred oak aftertaste.
So far the burn has remained nice and even with a thin combustion line. Draw is spot on.
Caldwell Marble House – Second Third
Coffee, Cedar, Plums
Entering the second third, I tap the ash and am welcomed by coffee! Coffee used to be one of my least favorite notes, but after smoking several of these I can appreciate it more and more. The coffee in the Eastern Standard line isn’t Community Coffee from the gas station – it’s deep, rich, and has a creamy undertone. Like french press coffee with a splash of heavy whipping cream.
While most of the spice has left us for now, it’s still present from time to time. I really thought I would break this review into 1/2s instead of 1/3s, but the coffee transition and diminishing pepper made me change my mind.
Nearing the halfway mark, a soft cedar is beginning to develop. It’s not in your face like the Blind Man’s Bluff – it’s subtle, pleasant, and an interesting addition to a background of coffee.
A little further, fruit also decides to join the party. @frenchmade and I were discussing plums several days ago on the Don Carlos Personal Reserve review, and that’s exactly what this cigar is bringing to the table right now. Coffee, soft cedar, and faint plums.
Side note: I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have been able to detect any sort of fruitiness from this cigar six months ago. It’s something that comes from analyzing what you’re smoking over and over and over. CigarNoise.com was originally launched because I thought that most reviews published were over the layman’s head, contrived, and possibly just jargon. While that’s not fair to many of the fine reviewing websites out there, it was my intent to create a website for the average cigar smoker – not the twenty year veteran. Thus, while my palette grows and my reviews become longer and more thorough, I’ll try to include these notes for the Dave of Summer 2015 that wanted exactly that.
**Insert business call for 25 minutes**
Caldwell Marble House – Last Third
Cream, Coffee, Graham Cracker Crust, Wood
Damn, didn’t expect a call in the middle of this review, luckily I have the memory of Loxodonta africana. Cream, breakfast blend coffee, graham cracker pie crust, and woodsy notes characterized the missing twenty minutes. The smoke itself had a dusty aspect to it from time to time that I really enjoy. The cream this time is unmistakable heavy whipping cream. Just delicious.
I’ve got to say, this cigar has only gotten better after the midway point. With just about 1 1/2 inches left, I’m still chugging along and loving it.
The wrapper is cracking a bit as we approach the nub, but I’m not overly concerned. It’s freezing out here, and going from ~70 degrees inside to ~32 degrees outside has to take a toll on a cigar. But – and there’s a but, seems to be more common lately in Ecuadorian Hybrid wrappers.
As we get into nub city, that rich coffee thats been so pervasive throughout is turning stale and a little bitterness starts to sneak up on me. And, just had to relight for the first time. Definitely not my favorite place to relight a cigar. I’ll give it a few moments to settle in before picking this Caldwell Marble House up again.
We’re back! More stale coffee, oak, and a very prominent barnyard profile takes over. Guess it’s time to put this one down.
Considering a box of 37 is $255 at Small Batch makes this a sub $7 cigar, I think I definitely got my money’s worth!
Great Burn and Draw
Excellent Coffee Cigar
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