Wrapper: Ecuadorian DesFlorada, Ecuadorian Maduro, Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
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.”

Isabela Guerrillas Review Closeup

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.

Isabela Guerrillas Review First Third

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.

Isabela Guerrillas Review Second Third

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.

Isabela Guerrillas Review

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!)

Isabela Guerrillas Review

Cigar Reviews: Isabela Guerrillas from Isabela Cigar Company
9.2 Reviewer
6.3 Cigar Noise Network (2 votes)
Pros

Great flavors

Great Construction

Wonderful Value

Cons

Direct-sales only

Rather large ring gauge

May be too linear for some

Summary
I remember when talking to our good friend Andrew from Small Batch Cigar, that he likes smoking flavorful and predictable cigars while packing his many orders. I didn't quite get it until I smoked this cigar. I would strongly recommend someone pickup a few of these for when you want something that you can either enjoy while paying complete attention to it, or enjoy while busy doing something else.
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What Other Folks Are Saying: 2 Make some Noise
What a Fantastic Tantalizing Offering from ISABELA !!
I found this latest offering from Isabela Craft Cigars to be just a magnificent tantalizing cigar, with subtle flavor variations throughout, with absolutely unique personality and incredibly crafted !! What a great GREAT Blend !!
January 13, 2017, 3:06 pm
Value8.3
Burn9
Draw9
Flavor10
Enjoyment10
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Isabela, The cigar for people who don't like real cigars
I was pumped about trying my first barber pole cigar. Then I lit it up and realized it was sweetened.
If you have any pride in your product why cover it up with sugar? @isabelacigars
December 2, 2016, 10:15 pm
Value0.6
Burn9.1
Draw6
Flavor0.1
Enjoyment0.1
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Carlos

Carlos lives in sunny Southern California. Interests include Porsches, watches, scotch and of course cigars!