If you haven’t heard of the Casa Turrent before, or Alejandro Turrent, you’ve almost assuredly heard of San Andres Maduro wrapper. Nueva Matacapan de Tabacos is the largest cigar marker and grower of tobacco in Mexico. Also well known for their Te-Amo cigar brand, they announced the Casa Turrent line in early 2015 (although they’ve been available in Canada and Europe since 2013). After discontinuing multiple lines, the Casa Turrent is the only line to carry their name.
Releasing in 20 count boxes and 3 vitolas, as a Robusto (5-1/4x50), Torpedo (5-1/2x50) and a Gran Robusto (5-3/4x52).
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When I initially opened the box I was greeted with a blast of plum, stewed raisin and rich cedar. The nose had me eager to sit down and review this cigar.
After resting in my humidor, I’m getting overwhelming cedar, but none of the plum and raisin from the box. In the foot I am getting some sweet raisin out of the food, but the cedar almost completely overwhelms it.
After using a single v-cut I found the draw to be somewhat tight.
My initial draws produced sweet raisin with cedar and faint spices on the retrohale. At the 15 minute mark as the Casa Turrent settles, there’s a nice elegant powdered cocoa. There isn’t a lot of evolution until the end of the first third when the powdered cocoa and some cedar mix together. There’s some earthiness and sweetness that finishes each draw.
Moving into the middle third there’s a sweet raisin with the cedar and earth falling into the background. There is some light to light plus black pepper lingering on the tongue between draws. At the halfway point of the middle third the earth returns along with some green cedar. The powdered cocoa coats the palate to finish each draw. At the end of the middle third the earth flavor has grown to overpower most of the flavors, with the cocoa barely coming through at the end of the draw. I do get some bitterness as well.
The earth dominates the last third, with some lingering bitterness.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 24 minutes.
The Casa Turrent started out with a great combination of cocoa and subtle spices. Unfortunately the last half of the cigar had so much earthiness that dominated all the flavor nuances. The second sample that I smoked at the MegaHerf event and was pairing didn’t have the same earthiness in the last half, and the cocoa carried through well into the last third.
I think the Casa Turrent has a broad appeal to cigar smokers looking for something in the medium body category and enjoy a cigar without a lot of pepper or spice.
I had the opportunity to pair this with a variety of ports, bourbons and scotches at the 2016 MegaHerf. I was expecting the scotch or port to be the best pairing, but found the Woodford Reserve bourbon to be my favorite. The LBV port was an easy second choice. Mexican cola would be a natural pairing with the Casa Turrent as well.