Not a lot of information is available on Arandoza Cigars, maker of today’s CYA subject, the White Label, but what I do know about this relatively new brand is that they are made at the La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, home to the very popular Espinosa Cigars.
CIGAR STATS: The Arandoza White Label, released last year, is the second blend in a line that includes the Blue Label and Arandoza’s latest release, the powerhouse Red Label. The White Label is a Nicaraguan puro with a Dark Habano wrapper and is available in three sizes: Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 52), and Doble Corona (7¼ x 49). The Toro is the subject of this review. Prices should range from $6.50-8.00 per stick.
APPEARANCE: The White Label offeres up a pleasing presentation with its elegant double bands and clean triple cap. The Habano wrapper is oily and toothy with tight seams and minimal veins. Overall, a nicely constructed cigar.
THE SMOKE: The White Label starts off with a heavy, meaty spice that is somewhat salty. The first inch of this cigar really smacked me in the face but then, like flipping a switch, it turnes wonderfully smooth with a sweet cedar creaminess. As the burn progresses, tobacco and leather join in while the pepper that had dissappered earlier comes back ever-so-slightly. The final inch or so is much like the middle portion of the cigar, which, in my opnion, is a good thing.
VERDICT: The Arandoza White Label is a medium-to-full bodied cigar with an interesting flavor profile and a fair price point. To learn more about the Arandoza White, Blue, or Red Label, visit www.arandozacigars.com. – Jason Zahner