As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.
Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the Consolidated List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. How does your list match up? Without further adieu, I unveil #8 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #7.
#8 El Cedro
Anwar Elboustani is a former military man whose love of cigars came from little herfs he would have on his downtime. One day while smoking a cigar he promised himself that he would make a cigar when he made it back home. Fast forward several years, Anwar has returned home and has not lost sight of the promise he made himself, but has struggled to make in-roads into the tobacco industry to produce his own cigar until a chance encounter in the Dominican Republic leads to him being introduced to Henke Kelner. While Henke was unable to help Anwar, he introduced him to his son, Henke Jr, who just so happened to be in the process of opening his own factory and releasing his first cigar - Smoking Jacket. After telling Henke Jr what he was looking for and going through many samples that Henke Jr already had, the cigar Anwar ended up with is #8 on our Consolidated List of 2013 - El Cedro!
The El Cedro blend isn't exactly known but it relies heavily on Dominican tobacco for the wrapper, binder and filler with a bit of Nicaraguan Ligero in the filler. There has been some confusion in the marketplace about the naming of this cigar with some referring to it as the El Cedro 14k, but Anwar clarified this on Cigar Federation and further on CigarChat. 14k is a Phonecian word - from right-to-left, k(A), 4(R), 1(Z) - that translates to CEDAR.
"Honey immediately hit my palate, complimented by a mild cinnamon draw, and light finish mid-tongue. The retrohale was all cedar, and much stronger then the draw, providing a nice balance of mild-medium flavor interaction on my palate. The front of my mouth and lips had a rich long finish from a creamy draw; wonderful complexity that I related to custard."