Cigar Review: Crémo Cigars Capa Caliente

Cigar Review: Crémo Cigars Capa Caliente

Crémo Cigars Capa Caliente

Size: Toro (6″  x 52)

Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican

Strength: Full

Price:  $ 12 MSRP

Grade: 9.1

A few weeks ago we broke the news that Crémo Cigars was preparing to launch there third blend, the Capa Caliente. The Capa Caliente, like all of the Crémo blends, is hand rolled at the tiny boutique El Titan de Bronze factory on Calle Ocho.  Rolled in the Entubo style by some of the most skilled Torcederos this side of Havana, the Capa Caliente is based on the original Crémo Classic blend, blended by Willy Herrera (now of Drew Estate), and wraps it in a dark Habano wrapper from Ecuador.  You can check out our review of the Crémo Classic Maduro here!  According to the press release ” The Capa Caliente takes the traditional Crémo Classic blend…to another level by offering a full bodied and full flavored smoking experience with enticing elements of Espresso and Cocoa from the unique Dark Habano wrapper.”  Let’s see if the Capa Caliente delivers!

 But enough about that let’s toast the foot!

Pre-Light:  (1.8)  The Capa Caliente features a beautiful reddish hued wrapper that instantly grabbed my attention.  The wrapper is slightly oily to the touch, has a few prominent veins and a bit of tooth.  There  is of course a perfectly executed triple cap finishing off the Capa Caliente.  The band is a modified version of the Crémo Cigars classic band however the color scheme is red and black which I thought was rather fitting given the hue of the wrapper and the tweaks from the Classic line.

The scent off the foot consisted of hay, barnyard, a bit of a sweet caramel.  The pre light draw had grass, oak, pepper, and a bit of saltiness.

Burn: (1.8)   As is typically my experience with the cigars rolled at El Titan de Bronze, the draw was terrific.  The white ash easily held past the inch mark.  The burn line on each of my samples held steady with some occasional uneven moments.  The Capa Caliente’s I smoked for review did get a little warm at the nub.

Flavor:  (2.7)  At first light there is a blast of pepper spice which, while being noticeable to the palate is really pronounced through the nose.  The pepper is soon joined elements of espresso, orange peel, and a dark earthy roasted note.  A little bit past the inch I’m also greeted by a terrific note of mocha which becomes a signature element  though the smoke.

In the second third the spice level starts to recede and each of the individual flavor notes I picked up in the first third begin to harmonize with each other.  The mocha, espresso, pepper, and orange peel each entertain the palate with excellent balance and provide for a very enjoyable smoke as no one flavor crowds out another.  The smoke has a full body to it and a lot of creaminess.  The strength is on the lower range of full, which is a real good spot for me!

The final third picks up where the second third left off.  Really nice harmony and balance among the flavors.  As I approach the nub I get some new flavors as hints of licorice and dry fruit have emerged rewarding me with an extra layer of complexity.  I only wish the flavors at that last inch would have lasted a little longer.

Overall: (2.8)  While I enjoyed both the Crémo Classic and the Crémo Classic Maduro they lacked something to make them really stand out for me.  The Dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper on the Crémo Capa Caliente is a game changer.  The Capa Caliente offered all the smooth and creamy smoke that is a hallmark of the other Crémo blends but with a darker richer flavor profile and a bit more punch that is absolutely in my wheelhouse for an after meal smoke.  I’ll be picking up more of these and would absolutely recommend them.  If you like a full bodied, full strength smoke with some really nice flavors this might be a box worthy smoke for you!

Total: 9.1

Editors Note:  These cigars were submitted by Crémo Cigars for review.  While we appreciate the generosity of others, it in no way affects our review.