Wrapper: Ecuadorian DesFlorada, Ecuadorian Maduro, Ecuadorian Habano
Vitola: Toro Gordo (6 x 60)
Brand: Isabella Cigar Company
Availability: Regular Production
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$12
Source: Factory Sample
Isabela Guerrillas Review – First Impressions
The cigar itself looks like it is beautifully rolled: the seams and cap are completely flush and even, and the pack is so dense that I was amazed at the weight of the Isabela Guerrillas. I’m usually very skeptical of barber pole style cigars, having always associated multiple wrappers as gimmicky, sub-standard sticks, or mediocre house blends. All that being said, I’m trying to keep an open mind on this one since everything else about the cigar looks fantastic.
Their press release notes, “the new ISABELA Guerrillas pick up where the Serpentine left off… A true beast of a blend with three different wrappers, three different primings, and three different seasons of aging for each wrapper.”
The aroma of the wrapper was a wonderfully rich combination of Leather, Spice, and Cedar. The foot smells of Graham crackers, Leather, Cinnamon, and a very distinct baked Chocolate Cake. For the cold draw, I tasted a generic sweetness that at first worried me because I thought that the tip had been dipped in something. After a little bit of research, I learned that Isabella uses a very old school type of glue that has sugar in it, so it’s safe to say that the cigar isn’t sweetened. The cold draw carried aromas and flavors of Hay, Candied Fruit, Baking spice, as well as a wonderful sweet and pepper flavor.
Isabela Guerrillas Review – First Third
Leather, Pepper, Baking Spices, Cream, Roasted Chili Peppers, Cumin, Brown Sugar, Dark Chocolate Brownies
Wow! This cigar kicks off with one of the most enjoyable and complex flavor profiles that I’ve experienced. Dare I say that the flavors on this cigar are comparable to the magnificent Davidoff Chef’s Edition? The draw is very good with just the right amount of resistance, allowing for plenty of smoke production.
This cigar, much like the Chef’s edition, shines in the retrohale. The flavors are bold, visceral, but very smooth. I usually don’t go for a cigar with this large of a ring gauge, but the burn, performance, and flavors of this cigar in the first third are making me feel awful about thinking that this barber pole was a gimmick. This thing rocks!
Isabela Guerrillas Review – Second Third
Wood, Chili peppers, Leather, Mild Citrus, Habanero, Chocolate Cake
The second third presents a distinct habanero pepper flavor that, when combined with the chocolatey sweetness of the profile, reminds me of one of those spiced chocolate lava cakes. I’m thoroughly enjoying this cigar. That being said, the transition from the first to second third was subtle, and the profile has remained fairly consistent.
Anyone that has read my previous reviews will know that I’m usually pretty hard on cigars that don’t show transition complexity, however the flavor profile is so enjoyable that I can’t complain. The burn continues to perform well and the overall performance is top notch.
Isabela Guerrillas Review – Last Third
Cedar, Chili Peppers, Brown Sugar, Baking Spice, Chocolate Cake, Jalapeño
Everything about this cigar has remained consistent. My review notes for this third include the word “consistent” underlined three times. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. Although the profile has been rigid since the beginning, the Isabela Guerrillas demonstrates enough flavor and complexity to carry it through the end.
This cigar is big, flavorful, and low maintenance. The strength of flavors remained in the full range, whereas the nicotine strength never went above a medium full (which is great considering the size of this thing!)
Rather large ring gauge
May be too linear for some
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