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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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