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).
Cigar Purchased: Manufacturers samples IPCPR 2014
“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”
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.