Caldwell Cigar Company
This self-described company “built by friends for friends” was founded by Robert Caldwell in February of 2014. The brand draws inspiration from art, geography and historical personalities. Their website can be found at http://caldwellcigarco.com/, Twitter account at http://twitter.com/CaldwellCigars and Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/caldwell4prez/.
The 2015 IPCPR interview of Robert Caldwell can be seen here
The latest Cigar Chat with Caldwell can be found here.
Recently Robert collaborated with Willy Herrera and Jonathan Drew of Drew Estates to produce the All Out Kings release. The cigar line is distributed by Caldwell Cigars. You can view the Cigar Federation exclusive release announcement for that cigar here.
You know the drill, smoke as many Caldwell cigars as you can this month and post up pics and a short (or not) review as a response to this message. SOTM is all about discovering new brands and blends so help out our brothers and sisters by pointing them at some of your favorite Caldwell cigars.
Don't have any Caldwell cigars. Not sure if any of the shops even carry that stuff.
They're worth ordering online if you can't find locally. Cigar Federation Store normally has a good selection and the COTM has provided me with quite a few.
I recommend the Eastern Standard Dos Firmas culebra and Long Live The King in the 7 x 40 'My Style is Jalapeño' vitola. The Iberian Express Gibraltar corona is also pretty good.
I didn't appreciate the first couple of Caldwells that I smoked but I've come to really enjoy his blends.
COTM has had a bunch of Caldwell. I've got to try a handful from there.
Caldwell Gibraltar Extra Gran Robusto - 5.5 x 54
Wrapper: Dominican Habano
Source: Cigar Federation Cigar of the Month selection for May 2017
The more Caldwell cigars I smoke, the better I like them. This was smooth and had a lot of flavor. It burned well and stayed cool even towards the end. Smoking time was 1:30+ I paired with a Gin & Tonic sipped slowly over the total smoking time and it was a very enjoyable experience.
Caldwell Iberian Express Murcias Man In The Moon Belicoso - 5.5 x 50
Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic/Nicaragua
Source: Trade with another CigFed member
This was a full-bodied smoke with some very enjoyable flavors. The burn was wavy at times and needed a couple of touchups, but it came from the humidor to outside temp in the high 80's with high humidity. Everything else was covered in condensation within seconds of walking onto the deck. The draw was a little snug but it smoked fine so it wasn't an issue. The smoke stayed cool down under the band. Smoking time was approximately 1:20. All things considered, it did well.
While this cigar is definitely a different beast than the Gibraltar blend, it still has that same Caldwell taste. Maybe it the DR that I'm tasting, but if you smoke a few Caldwell sticks you'll recognize it.
While not readily available at the sites I normally patronize, you can find these online and at $5.50 each I would consider them a bargain.