Cigar Review: Raices Cubanas 1941 Churchill

Cigar Review: Raices Cubanas 1941 Churchill

Alec Bradley Cigars
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
Size: 7″ x 49
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $9.75

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Overall Rating: 8.8

The Raices Cubanas 1941 takes its name from Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L (or Raices Cubanas for short) where many great cigars are made including some for Viaje, Illusione and Alec Bradley. Romay Endemaño and his family were the ones behind the blend with significant input from Alec Bradley, who distributes the cigar. There’s a distinctly Alec Bradley look to this cigar despite not baring the Alec Bradley name. It’s a flavorful cigar with lots of grains, oak and caramel flavors. This was a very good medium to medium-full bodied cigar worth trying.

Fabrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L., or as it is more commonly known, Raíces Cubanas. Owned by Romay Endemaño and operated with his wife Maria Portao and son Hugo, the Danlí, Honduras factory was at one point considered to be a certifiable cigar hit maker, cranking out numerous award-winning and highly regarded cigars for Alec Bradley, Viaje, Illusione and many others.

Pre-Light: Despite not having the Alec Bradley name anywhere on it (or even an AB where the band attaches to itself), the band of the Raices still has a somewhat Alec Bradley look to it.

The Raices feels has a well constructed look with no prominent veins and good looking triple cap. The wrapper is a dark tan with just a slight reddish tint to it. It’s a little firm to the touch, which hopefully will not affect the draw.

Burn: Construction on the Raices Cubanas is pretty impressive. The burn line is razor sharp throughout. The ash clings beautifully to this cigar, making it a great smoke for a longest ash contest. Despite having a decent draw, not a lot of smoke is produced, but the smoke does have provide a good amount of flavor.

Flavor: Initially the Raices Cubanas produces a good amount of pepper flavor. The cigar is very much on the mild side at the start. About an inch in, the pepper mellows as grains and oak start to shine through. The strength of the Raices picks up slowly through the first half of the cigar, reaching a solid medium strength. At the halfway point a creamy butterscotch reminiscent of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream of Werther’s Original occurs, but it does not last long before fading back into oak and leather. During the final third, the pepper begins to pick up somewhat. Leather, oak, caramel, nuts and strong white pepper remain the dominating flavors through to the end of the cigar.

Overall: With notable exceptions, I’m never been one of those people that loves everything that Alec Bradley puts out. That said, I was fairly impressed with this cigar and have gone back to try it in other sizes. Although I’ve tried it in many other sizes I feel the churchill is by far the best way to get the most enjoyable smoking experience from this cigar. This was a very good medium bodied cigar with a good deal of oak, oats, caramel and white pepper flavor to it. The Raices Cubanas 1941 is one of those cigars ready to smoke right out of the box. If you tend to be a fan of Illusione or Alec Bradley, the Raices Cubanas 1941 will not disappoint.

Pairing: When pairing the Raices Cubanas 1941 the Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask is my personal choice. A Highland Park 15, Glenfiddich 18, Macallan 18 or Dalmore Cigar Malt are also great choices to compliment the flavors of the Raices.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)