Cigar Review: Eiroa 654

Cigar Review: Eiroa 654

CLE Cigars
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras
Size: 6 x 54
Strength: medium-bodied
Price: $12.00

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Overall Rating: 9.3

The more time you spend around cigars the less often you seem to be surprised by the new releases. When talking to Christian Eiroa after Kiss My Ash Radio one day he’s amend to say it best, “The industry has become boring. Everyone has been doing basically the same thing.” However, once in a while a cigar comes out that is unlike anything else on the market. The Eiroa from CLE Cigars is just one of those cigars. It is a complex medium bodied cigar that is extremely unique in flavor and worth adding to the humidor.

Pre-Light: The Eiroa features a more traditional looking band than other CLE cigars. It’s black and red stand out against a light tan, almost kaki colored wrapper. Firm to the touch, with only one prominent vein by the head, the Eiora appears to be a well constructed cigar.

There is a cedar and floral aroma that is quite noticeable from the unlit cigar. The very second the unlit Eiroa touches the lips there is a pleasing herbal taste that made many of the gentleman I smoke with think it might have been flavored/infused at first. Christian Eiroa says ,”Nothing happens in the cigar by accident” including this flavor and floral aroma.

Burn: After toasting the foot and lighting the Eiroa 654, the cigar has a razor sharp burn line from beginning to end. At first the draw is firm but smooth, and looses up slightly as the cigar burns. The smoke production is even though out the course of the cigar. Plenty of time is needed to smoke the Eiroa because it is an extremely slow burning cigar.

Flavor: Once lit the first quarter or an inch is really dominated by a mixture of herbs and cedar. A slight spice and pepper mingles with the existing cedar and herbs throughout the first third of the cigar. Something resembling peaches that appears at the transition to the second third, but this fades into a slight citrus. The Eiroa becomes more leathery with cedar, citrus and very mild lavender during the second third. This cigar solidly medium bodied throughout, and at times comes right up to the edge of full bodied. During the final third of the Eiroa cedar, dried fruit, leather and mild hints of roses and lavender round out the flavor profile. It does just barely cross into full bodied territory in it’s last inch and a half. This is one of the most interesting cigars flavor-wise that I’ve had in a very long time.

Overall: From star to finish this is a cigar unlike any other. Herbs, cedar, citrus, lavender and leather mingle together to create a very enjoyable smoking experience. The Eiroa is a cigar that has the characteristics to age well. Although I have tried this cigar in every size the best way to experience the true flavor of the Eiroa is in the 654 (Toro) or 550 (Robusto) sizes. This may be the most interesting cigar I’ve smoked in years, and has fast become one of my all-time favorite cigars.

Pairing: The best choice for pairing with the Eiroa is a bottle of sparkling water to experience the multitude of flavours without overpowering them. If you’re determined to pair this cigar with an alcoholic beverage I suggest a Camus Ile de Ré Cognac, Tobermory 15 or Grey Goose & tonic.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)