Review: Córdoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca

Another great cigar manufacturer that I whose new release I was eager to try. Rolled out of Esteli, Nicaragua the Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca, which means “white label”, features a 5 year old Mexican San Andreas wrapper and filler from Jalapa, Esteli and Ometepe. Over a year was spent getting this blend ready for release.

Available in a limited production run of 1,000 boxes, 20 count, in three box pressed vitolas. Robusto Extra (5-1/2” x 52), Toro (6” x 54), Toro Gordo (6” x 60).


Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca

Vitola: Robusto Extra

Size: 5-1/2” x 52 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One per Reviewer

Price Point: MSRP $9.80

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturers samples IPCPR 2014

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.



Overall Cigar Federation Average Review: 87 AKA “A 5 pack”

“Even if the Córdoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca wasn’t a limited production run, I would tell you that it is absolutely worthy of an immediate 5 pack purchase”




John’s Review – 87 AKA “A 5 pack”

The nose on the Etiqueta Blanca is primarily dominated by the rich and toothy San Andreas wrapper. Cedar, barnyard and very strong fermented tobacco.

The first third opens up with sweet cedar and a light white pepper chaser. On the retro-hale I get a really smooth and clean amount of spice.

I would describe the first third as quite savory and I’m very much enjoying it.  Towards the end of the first third it develops a heavy leather mouth-feel.

There’s a transition into the second third of very dominant earth. Some leather starts to break through on the post draw. All of the sweet cedar combination from the first third is completely absent here.

Once the middle establishes itself, the full bodied earth flavor falls off to just under the medium level, taking the leather with it.

The spices and savoriness that I enjoy so much in the first third comes through as the medium third winds down.

In the last third, along with the notes from the end of the second third, I get a very full bodied amount of spice on the retro-hale. It’s quite tasty but full almost to the point of overpowering.

Even if the Córdoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca wasn’t a limited production run, I would tell you that it is absolutely worthy of an immediate 5 pack purchase. In the review I didn’t talk about the box presentation, and I think that’s something that doesn’t get enough attention in reviews. The box design is a classy white with gold lettering and gold clasp.

If you enjoy your cigars spicy and on the fuller end of the spectrum, the Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca will be right in your wheel house.


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Comment by Mickey irratebass on September 23, 2014 at 7:48am

This brand is so appealing to me, Never had one and I this is one I have been seeking out (Córdoba & Morales) not just this stick. I watched them on CO last year and they are still on my list to try. Can't find them locally at all, and all I have heard are good things about quest continues.

Comment by Charlie on September 23, 2014 at 8:33am

Cigar Hustler carries them, I think this smoke would be on the top of C&M list for me...

Comment by RobbyRas on September 23, 2014 at 11:40am

I'm probably gonna smoke this one during CigarChat tonight!  We've got Cordoba & Morales joining the show, so come check it out!

Comment by Harley Holmes on September 23, 2014 at 7:20pm

Smoking now!

Comment by Peter Brown on April 6, 2015 at 1:20am

The Córdoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca is a spectacular cigar. This size is on the border of sizes I enjoy.


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