Cigar Review: Casa Gomez

Cigar Review: Casa Gomez

Size: 7.5×50, Senior

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Mild/Medium

Price: Box of 25, $157

Grade: 8.9

The Casa Gomez was thought up by Benny Gomez Jr. and blended by the folks at La Tradicion Cubana. Benny Jr. is the son of La Roma Cigars founder, which was established in 1963. La Roma began rolling cigars in Miami, but the factory was eventually sold to Enersto Perez Carrillo, and renamed El Credito Cigars. La Roma then created a new factory and changed its name to Inter America Cigar Company.

The Casa Gomez is made at Tabacalera LTC in the Dominican, and is available in four sizes: Senior (7.5×50), Benjamin (6.5×54 Torpedo), Lorens (6.5×44), and Junior (5.75×52). The MSRP ranges from $5.5-6.5. The blend was tweaked in 2010, and honestly, I’m not sure the age of my sample for review. The Casa Gomez was originally created in 2004 in honor of Benny Sr.

There aren’t a lot of reviews on there on this smoke, but those that are have been positive. For more information, visit Casa Gomez Cigars online.

Pre-light, 1.8:
The buttery almond wrapper on the Casa Gomez is well rolled, with a flawless triple cap, well formed foot, and few veins in between. The aroma is buttery and creamy, with a mild spice and notes of butterscotch and cedar. On the draw, there is a slight resistance and the flavors are similar to the aroma. Nothing fantastic here, just consistent and clean.

Burn, 1.6:
Though the draw was a little tighter than I prefer, the burn was sharp and even and the smoke was fairly thick. In the final third of the Casa Gomez the volume of smoke improved, leading to a very nice finish.

Flavor, 2.8:
The initial pull on the Casa Gomez is full of toasty cream that is smooth and delicate. Moving through the first third of the Senior, the flavors set into a nice combination of roasted nuts and a buttery cream. Through the middle and final thirds, the flavor is clean and crisp, with notes of a light espresso and almond. Though this is not a very complex cigar, by Connecticut standards it is slightly above the norm.

 

Overall, 2.7:
The Casa Gomez is beautiful to look at and has a pleasant profile that is more complex than you’d expect from a Connecticut wrapped and Dominican filled cigar – perhaps the Honduran binder carries most of the weight here. Though the burn could have been better, it didn’t affect the overall enjoyment of the smoke.

(Total: 8.9)