Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Corojo ’99
Binder:  Jalapa (Nicaraguan)
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Vitola:  Corona Gorda (6 x 46)
Brand:  Serino Cigar Co
Factory:  La Corona
Availability:  Regular Production
CigarNoise Price Range:  $5-$7
Source:  Small Batch from (IPCPR 2017)

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Serino Cigar Co Wayfarer Review – First Thoughts

My Wayfarer appears to be everything you’d expect from La Corona and Serino Cigars even at a discount to their previous offerings.  At first glance, a seamless wrapper and immaculate triple cap are noticeable.  The wrapper doesn’t appear oily but has a very smooth, oily feel to it in the hand.  At second glance, it’s even more noticeable.  Just perfection.  I thought this was a $7 cigar?

Serino Cigar Co Wayfarer Review - Dave reviews the Serino Wayfarer pre-release

The foot carries notes of leather, hay, a pinch of earth, and cocoa powder.  Snipping the cap, a cold draw provides much of the same without additional clues as to what’s under the hood.

I’ve met some great people over the years that have shown me what it takes to produce an exceptional blend. For my first cigar, I wanted to create something timeless and classic, a cigar that can be enjoyed at any hour of the day and one that is accessible to all palettes.  -Carson in a Press Release discussing his new Wayfarer line

Serino Cigar Co Wayfarer Review – Flavors

Leather, Toasted Coconut, Earth, Oak, Cream, Cedar, Hazelnut, Latte, Caramel

Snip the cap, toast and roast the foot, let ‘er rest, take a puff: Rough leather, toasted coconut, earth, and oak are the first flavors to wash over me.  A tingle of spice lingers on my tongue for a bit afterwards as a creamy texture quickly coats my palate in the initial moments.

Serino Cigar Co Wayfarer Review - Dave reviews the Serino Wayfarer for CigarNoise

And then the magic happens.  Toss out the old and bring in the new!  Leather becomes much smoother as cedar,  hazelnut, and latte notes rise to the top. There’s a sense of elegance and sophistication present in the Wayfarer’s texture and harmony of flavors that I’ve grown to expect from Serino.

Caramels show up towards the end of the first third and remain until the end.  We’re talking about the thick, chewy type of caramel you get on the stovetop from heating up condensed milk.  Hot damn!  But let’s be clear:  this isn’t an overly sweet cigar.  Caramel is tempered by the creamy latte, cedar, and leathery components to give the Wayfarer more of a brunch designation instead of a dessert stick.

Serino Cigar Co Wayfarer Review - Dave reviews the Serino Wayfarer for CigarNoise

I’m not breaking this review into thirds or even halves because I didn’t find much transition complexity between the segments.  While the flavors did come and go to combine different nuances for an engaging, complex experience, I think it’s best to keep it short and sweet where we can.

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There are many similarities between the Serino Wayfarer and the infamous Royale series.  Somehow Wayfarer finds just the right balance of being unique in the Serino lineup while still maintaining what I’d consider a classic Serino flavor profile.

Serino Cigar Co Wayfarer Review – Construction

Our burn line wasn’t as crisp as the Royale Series and only required a preventative touchup in the last third.  The draw is just a tad more resistant that I’d prefer myself, but works well in the Corona Gorda format to keep me from chiefing it down.

Serino Cigar Co Wayfarer Review - Dave reviews the Serino Wayfarer for CigarNoise

Serino Wayfarer Review (Pre-Release)
9.2 Reviewer
9.2 Cigar Noise Network (1 vote)
Pros

Excellent Price Point

Well Constructed

Sophisticated Flavors

Cons

Transition Complexity

Summary
Knowing what Serino is capable of in the $10+ price range, I was worried how a budget friendly option would perform to my expectations. Luckily, Serino and La Corona applied their usual methodology to bring us an excellent smoke even at a significant price reduction from the Royale Series. If you're looking for a sophisticated experience, I'd highly recommend the Wayfarer over many cigars that cost twice as much.
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Punches out of its weight class
I got more nuttiness than Dave did, but otherwise similar flavors. Thought it was less like the Serino Royale line, overall. But otherwise? Lots of agreement. It's a great cigar at a very good price point. It will be a box buy for me.
August 28, 2017, 7:42 am
Value9.7
Burn9
Draw8.8
Flavor9.2
Enjoyment9.2
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Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for SmallBatchCigar.com and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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