Wrapper:  Mexican San Andres
Binder:  Dominican Republic
Filler:  Dominican Repulic
Brand:  Edolara
Factory:  Quesada Cigars
Price Range:  $8-$10

Edolara El Compartir is a very special cigar to me, because it’s the first time I’ve been able to follow a cigar and the person behind it as it moves from stage to stage.

Edolara El Compartir

A few weeks ago, we were chatting with Eduardo De Lara in the Virtual Lounge about his upcoming release of El Compartir under Edolara Cigars.  As a member of the CigarNoise app (Edolara) and Instagram (@edolaracigars), we’ve been following his journey since mid September.

Edolara El Compartir Foot

We never discussed blends, factories, vitolas, that sort of thing.  What we did discuss, was way more interesting.    Eduardo has been enjoying premium cigars in the Dominican Republic for over a decade, and has spent time in the factory – he knows his stuff from both the production and enjoyment points of view.  He described to us how he views the pleasurable pass time of smoking,  and how it’s meant to be shared.

El Compartir means ‘to share’. Accordingly, each box of El Compartir will be sold at the price of 13 cigars yet include a 14th.  To share.  And, although I’m not sure he’s finalized the pricing of these bad boys yet, what I remember was an unbelievable price point.  Edit:  A five pack of these torpedoes goes for $38.99 on SmallBatchCigar.com.  A box of Robustos breaks down to $7 per stick.

I received a single of this cigar free from Eduardo to review.

Edolara El Compartir – Initial Thoughts

Since most of our readers haven’t seen this cigar before, and it won’t be released in the U.S. until early 2016, let’s talk a little about how it looks and feels.  First off, it’s a solid cigar.  Not too dense, yet feels just right.  Soft spots?  Yeah right.  It’s veiny and has a beautiful shine to it.  The aroma off the wrapper is very subtle, and I’m picking up a light milk chocolate, sweet tobacco, and faint woodsy notes from it.  The foot yields more sweet tobacco and possibly hay.  The draw is a nice medium, not too airy and not too tight.  The band is

Unfortunately, the humidity and weather has changed drastically in my area since yesterday.   Should be noted for the review.

Edolara El Compartir – First Third

Nuts, Fruit, Honeysuckle, Cloves, Cedar, Allspice

The first few puffs are beautifully sweet, and I can tell immediately that I’m out of my league here.  The smoke is unbelievably smooth and is reminiscent of cavendish pipe tobacco.  Nuts and fruit are coming together to weave a very complex tapestry that I’m sorry to say I can’t pin down just yet.   Let’s bring out some Dr. Pepper and Cappuccino to see if they can assist in distinguishing what’s going on.

Edolara El Compartir First Light

There’s a lot of sweetness coming through, like a honeysuckle.  And, as the first 1/2 inch is ashed I’m getting a soft baking spice of some sort.  Nutmeg?  Maybe.

I consulted the Domestic Engineer’s spice rack and voila!  CLOVES.  Boom. That’s exactly what it is. Also, took a little more off the tap to open the draw a little further.

So far I’m really impressed with this Edolara El Compartir.  The smoke is velvet smooth, the flavors are very interesting, and the construction is wonderful.

Edolara El Compartir First Third Perfect Ash

Right about the first inch or so and cedar begins to make an appearance as well.  The sweetness begins to subside while remaining very smooth and enjoyable.

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Towards the end of the first third, cloves give way to more of an Allspice feeling – like a blending together of cloves and nutmeg.  It’s sharper, more in your face than it was earlier.

Edolara El Compartir – Second Third

Woodsy, Allspice, Rye, Orange Zest(?), Ginger

I had to beat the ash off it upon entering the second third.  It was surprisingly attached, and fell in one solid piece.   This would be a solid road trippin’ cigar.

The second third of El Compartir greets me with more woodiness (not quite cedar) and more allspice. I keep getting a hint of bread as well, I’m thinking Rye bread but it’s been a while since I’ve had Rye.  There’s also an orange zest that pops up from time to time to say hello.

Edolara El Compartir Second Third

Let’s be honest, this cigar is way outside of my normal realm of cigar experiences.  The first half inch reminded me of what I loved about the Eye of the Shark, and yet I’ve only smoked one of those as well.  Both start with that  smooth, fruity sweetness that’s really really enjoyable. If you’ve experienced this cigar, please add your thoughts to the bottom!

Orange zest and true cedar seems to be coming to the forefront now just before the midway point.   I swear I can smell orange in the smoke coming off the foot as well.  Like smelling an orange in the grocery store.  Allspice is still present on the finish.

So far, water and Cappuccino seem to be a winning combination with El Compartir.  Might have to break out some Bourbon in the last third, but Dr. Pepper at the moment isn’t letting this cigar shine.

At the exact midway point, I’m pulling more citrus and woodsy notes.  There’s a new addition that’s sharp, and I’m yet again digging to figure out what it is.  Consulting the spice rack again, I’m pretty sure it’s Ginger coming through.  Might’ve been foreshadowed by the orange zest, or possibly was the orange zest.

I hit it with the torch again as the smoke production was slowing down, and the first bit of bitterness also threatens to join the party.

Overall, this continues to be a very pleasant, highly enjoyable cigar.  The combustion line isn’t razor sharp, but the burn is very even and self correcting.  The ash is solid and holds well.  Hell, this thing is right a perfect first cigar of the day.

Edolara El Compartir – Last Third

Popcorn, Leather, Allspice, Tobacco, Citrus, Bread

With water only, the last third greets me with what I would consider popcorn with slightly bitter notes on the finish.  The smoke is very rich, still velvety smooth and the presence in the mouth is on the fuller side of medium.

Taking a swig of Cappuccino again, and the popcorn is replaced with subtle notes of leather, allspice, and sweet tobacco.  A retrohale yields something between toast and popcorn.

And yet… Citrus and Christmas spices continue to weave themselves in and out of this experience.  So good.

Dropping the ash again and stroking it back to good health with the torch, I’m immediately hit with warm, fresh bread.  Spices are still strong on the finish, but bread/toast is coming through nicely in the forefront.  I keep waiting for the bitterness to take over, especially since I’ve torched it a good couple times so it wouldn’t go out on me, but nope!  Not happening.

Edolara El Compartir Nub

The last third finishes very smoothly, not by ramping up in body or strength.  Despite being held to the fire multiple times, it refused to turn spongy or become bitter.  Hot on the lips towards the nub?  Yup!  But this didn’t detract from the experience.  All in all, I can’t wait for this cigar to release in the U.S. so I can snag a couple boxes!

Edolara El Compartir Torpedo Review
9.2 Reviewer
9.4 Cigar Noise Network (10 votes)
Pros

Excellent Construction

Even Burn

Velvety Smooth

Complex flavors

Cons

Multiple Relights

Summary
Here's the deal: this cigar is way outside my comfort zone. I enjoyed it very much, but there are several flavors working together that I'm not used to identifying. I would absolutely share this cigar with a friend, would absolutely pick up a couple boxes when they land in the U.S., and absolutely commend Eduardo on creating an amazing cigar experience!
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What Other Folks Are Saying: 10 Make some Noise
Good San Andres Maduro
I've smoked a couple robustos and a couple of belicosos. It's a well constructed, enjoyable smoke with more subtle flavors compared to some other San Andres maduros. It does not rate as high as my favorite SA maduro cigars (L'atelier La Mission, Roma Craft Neanderthal, Matilde Oscura...) but it is a worthwhile smoke at a good price
May 16, 2016, 9:44 pm
Value9.1
Burn9
Draw8.9
Flavor8.5
Enjoyment8.8
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2
El Compartir Belicoso
I have smoked three belicosos so far, varying from first thing in the morning, to my second stick midday, and the last smoke after an aggressive smoke fest. The sweetness of the San Andreas Wrapper pairs well with the slight spiciness of the filler. A good description is Ginger, has a sweeteness but also a lingering spiciness. The burn has always been spot on, actually burning the band before dropping the ash. Highly recommended for seasoned smokers and newbies alike
March 29, 2016, 2:45 pm
Value9.6
Burn10
Draw9.5
Flavor9
Enjoyment9
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One of the best
I've sat on this cigar almost 2 months, patiently waiting for the right time. Well, finally that time has come. With the release of El Compartir in the US, I felt it was no better time than the present to light this cigar. I've seen fellow brothers in the noise rave about this cigar, and everything they said was absolutely true. The burn was razor sharp. I only needed one touch up, and that may have been because of how long the ash held together. This cigar produced a fair amount of smoke, and never once did the flavor become overwhelming. I most certainly will be buying a box (or 3, but don't tell the wife). Great cigar Edo!
March 23, 2016, 3:12 am
Value8.8
Burn9.6
Draw9.5
Flavor9.5
Enjoyment10
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Newb McGue
I had this cigar at a lunch with my friend. he was so excited for me to try it as he had loved it. perfect day for such an event. we ordered a blue moon with it. i must say i greatly enjoyed it. at the beginning i got a lot of spice and maybe because of the paring with the blue moon some citrus notes. towards the 2/3 it transitioned to more of a robust cocoa flavor and I'mn what i would consider to be a more intense flavor. the burn was solid construction was great never had to fix the burn it lasted for a super long time which depending on your giving situation and or time constraints may be a plus or minus. it actually lasted so long that we both ended up putting it out before it was probably time to. i loved it though and can't wait for the ability to buy some. the draw was the only thing i cold possibly put as a negative (probably just me being a Newb McGue that didn't cut it correctly)
March 14, 2016, 9:52 pm
Value10
Burn10
Draw8
Flavor10
Enjoyment10
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Wonderful
Complex married elegance, each draw make me smile pleasantly. Get a box as soon as you can.
February 18, 2016, 5:29 pm
Value10
Burn9.5
Draw10
Flavor9.5
Enjoyment9.8
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The Real Deal
It's all been said before. Excellent cigar. The color, flavors, burn, it's the total package. I had zero complaints with this cigar. Razor sharp burn, flawless draw.
February 9, 2016, 3:31 am
Value10
Burn10
Draw9
Flavor9.1
Enjoyment10
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El Compartir
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January 18, 2016, 10:51 pm
Value10
Burn9.2
Draw9.3
Flavor8.8
Enjoyment8.8
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Excellent cigar
Eduardo comes out of the gate strong with this offering. Amazing aroma right off. Good cold draw. At first there were notes of coffee and cocoa with a hint of pepper and slight bitterness that reminds me of virus rind. About 1/2 inch in and the pepper and bitterness are completely gone. The cigar really starts to shine here. I don't know all of the different flavors but this cigar certainly changed a few times. I had to relight a few times but it may be because I didn't pay enough attention to the cigar. I hope these are available in the US soon, I will certainly buy boxes.
December 12, 2015, 6:42 pm
Value9.5
Burn8.2
Draw9.1
Flavor10
Enjoyment10
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Great experience!!!
I would smoke El compartir on a daily basis, great flavor experience.
December 12, 2015, 2:22 pm
Value10
Burn9.3
Draw9
Flavor9.5
Enjoyment10
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Excellent!!!
After talking to Edolara a couple weeks ago, I wanted to try his cigar. Then out of the blue, he sends me one. So glad I got to experience this. Really really good cigar. A lot of different flavors. I will buying them as an everyday smoke.
December 10, 2015, 10:22 pm
Value9
Burn9.3
Draw9.1
Flavor9.4
Enjoyment9
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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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