Debonaire Cigars is a company born from a split partnership. Once partners with Rocky Patel, Phil Zanghi began his own company known as Debonaire Cigars & Rum. A visit to their website will let you peruse “ultra premium” cigars and premium rums.
At just shy of an inch into the Matilde Quadrata, notes of raw raisins drizzled in brown sugar begin to shine. If it didn’t before, this cigar has my full attention now. If you enjoy medium-bodied cigars with lots of flavor that tend to go towards the sweet side of the wheel,
Several months ago, Rich was kind enough to send me a package with several older La Flor Dominicana cigars to broaden my horizons. Having missed the boat for many years with LFD, he filled a significant gap in my cigar knowledge with a little piece of history.
Unwrapping this cigar, I’m trying not to get my hopes up about this experience. An interesting concoction of brown sugar, raisin, curry, and chili powder is presented on the foot. The wrapper is mottled, rustic, and features the infamous Fuente glue. A cold draw is intoxicatingly sweet with just a tingle of spice pinging the tongue.
First puff? A marriage of leather, cream, subtle hints of tangy earth, and an interesting citrus zing on the tip of the tongue. Very faint spice is present in the mouthfeel. Within moments, creamy leather with undertones of orange ride to the top of the profile. Silky smooth smoke, excellent burn line, and engaging flavors are my first few impressions of this stick.
Just a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Luis and Edgar of Tabaqueria 1844 and Campesino. These gentlemen are extremely passionate about cigars and represent a growing number of excellent cigars coming from the Dominican Republic. Campesino means Farmer, and was chosen to pay homage to the people of the Dominican Republic that play a huge role in every level of the tobacco process.
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. El Compartir means ‘to share’. Accordingly, each box of El Compartir will be sold at the price of 12 cigars yet include a 13th. 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.
And wow. Now I’m pulling Mexican Hot Chocolate out of this cigar. Lunch is ready, and the Domestic Engineer has reminded me twice now to come inside, but I can’t leave. This is just too good. This may be my first ever 10/10 for Value, even with burn issues and a couple relights.
Pre-light: The wrapper has a few splotches on it, and seems to be have been applied poorly in a couple places. No biggie though, as I’m reminded almost daily – these are handmade cigars. Shit happens. The wrapper is giving off an incredible aroma though! The Domestic Engineer says it reminds her of chocolate and cedar. I’m getting more marshmallow sweetness with white chocolate and the tiniest bit of cedar.