Cigar Review: Esteban Carreras Connecticut

Cigar Review: Esteban Carreras Connecticut

Size: 5×50, Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut (Aged 7 years)

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 20, $104

Grade: 8.8

The Connecticut is available in 4 sizes and range from $104 – $132 for a box of 20. There is mixed information online regarding the Binder and the Filler – while most places note them as Ecuadorian and Dominican, I also found them listed as being Nicaraguan. However, after looking around a while, the manufacture does list these as Ecu/Dom, being produced by La Aurora in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

These aren’t all that easy to find either, both locally for me or online, and I honestly have no idea where these samples came from in my humidor – I went digging and found them, so no idea on the age!

They also produce a Habano and Maduro, the 1961, 10 Anos, 5150, Cubana Real, and 187.

You may visit Esteban Carreras online here.

Well, let’s jump in!

Pre-light, 1.8:
The Esteban Carreras Connecticut has the look of your average, mild Connecticut wrapped cigar – a light, almond colored wrapper, some stretched veins along the seam, and a dry and medium colored filler at the foot. There are not any soft spots from head to foot, and the top is triple capped. The white and black band covers a good portion of the Robusto, giving a nice overall look for the cigar. The aroma is clean and crisp with notes of nuts, hay, and a buttery sweetness at the cap. The foot is very clean smelling and carries a cool zest to it in the nostrils. On the draw, the flavor profile is nutty and mild, and the pull is spot on.

Burn, 1.8:
The Carreras performs well and has a very solid construction. The burn is slow, the draw has the right amount of resistance, and the smoke is quite thick and aromatic. I didn’t have any issues with keeping the cigar lit and the burn remained razor sharp throughout.

Flavor, 2.5:
Up front, the flavor is nice and creamy with a nutty profile most similar to cashews. Into the first third, the cream is still present, as is the nutty profile, but they have come together into a very subtle and smooth profile. Moving into the second third, the Carreras gets a bit bland with the cream fading and some of the hay notes showing up. It is still quite smooth, just less entertaining. Finishing up, the nutty profile and dominates the final section of the cigar.

Overall, 2.7:
At around $5, this is a nice cigar that would fit newer smokers quite well. I am not sure it would perform well enough to entertain more seasoned, full bodied smokers, but maybe as a morning smoke it would suffice. The construction is spot on and  is definitely the best feature of this smoke – it’s a smooth and pleasurable cigar to smoke, just not full of much flavor.

(Total: 8.8)