Review: Eiroa CBT Maduro by CLE Cigars

The Eiroa CBT Maduro is the latest release form CLE Cigar Company and the second release to bear the Eiroa name.  Eiroa, of course, is the last name of the company founder, Christian Eiroa.

CBT stands for Capa, Banda, and Tripa which translates to Wrapper, Binder, and Filler.  From the title one can deduce that the CBT Maduro uses maduro leaves for the wrapper, binder and filler.  The wrapper looks and tastes like a San Andreas Madruo, but the origin of the tobaccos used has not been officially disclosed.  We do know that the CBT Maduro was made in the Aladino factory in Honduras.

Eiroa CBT Maduro

Size: 5 x 50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Maduro (San Andreas?)

Binder: Maduro

Filler: Maduro

MSRP: $10.16

Samples for review provided by CLE Cigar Co.

Quick Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system. You can view it in detail here.

Random Note: The Eiroa CBT Maduro was supposed to be released at IPCPR 2014, but they started shipping them a month early, so technically this isn't a "pre-release" review.

Pre-Light:  The wrapper on the CBT Maduro was simply stunning.  It was an exceptionally deep brown with a very toothy texture.  The cigar was densely packed, but the cold draw was smooth and offered notes of dark cherry and mild chocolate.  

Beginning: Lots of syrupy flavors are present from the first puff.  Thick notes of earth, baking spice and that "chewy" maduro texture show up right away.  At the 1/2 inch mark we had our first major transition.  The warm backing spice became more prominent on the retrohale and the profile took on a creamy texture.  You all know how much I love to call a cigar creamy!

The beginning portion of the CBT Maduro finished up with a flavor profile consisting of sweet cream, baking spice, oak, earth and a mild cocoa.  The strength was in the medium-plus range and climbing.

Middle:  The warm baking spice transitioned into more of a white pepper spice.  It took on more of a bite, but didn't overpower any of the other flavors.  The sweet notes of cream and cocoa seemed to combine into a more earthy sweetness reminiscent of molasses.  At this point the strength kicked up to full and the CBT was really hitting on all cylinders.

At the mid point the spice mellowed significantly giving the overall profile a smooth and creamy texture.  The aroma was amazing.  I rarely comment on aroma because it rarely jumps out at me.  The aroma of the CBT Maduro smelled like s'mores.  I began to notice it at the one-inch mark and it became more prominent as I progressed through the cigar.  My wife even came outside to comment on it.

End: There was little change in the CBT Maduro after the mid point.  The profile of molasses, oak, earth and cream stayed consistent with the mild spice showing up here and there.  The strength settled in at the lower end of full while the burn stayed consistent and the smoke stayed cool.  I nubbed the CBT out after 95 minutes.

Final Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed the Eiroa CBT Maduro.  It offered everything I look for in a good maduro and brought a few new things to the table that I didn't even know I wanted.  I loved the transition of the spice from warm baking spice to a crisp white pepper.  I loved the way that spice mingled with the sweet  and creamy texture.  I found myself enjoying the steady growth in strength from a solid medium to a solid full.  I usually pass on full strength cigars because their primary function is to be strong.  That is not the case here.  The Eiroa CBT Maduro delivered classic maduro flavors, with a few twists, while offering the strength that the modern palate craves.  It is an absolute winner.

Score: 94 AKA "Box Purchase"

I loved this cigar.  The CBT Maduro is a great maduro in the classic sense.  It offers up those chewy maduro flavors that we all know.  It is also a great maduro in the modern sense.  It offers up the strength that many cigar smokers seek out while also providing complexity of flavor.  I usually say a maduro cigar is good if I experience two of those three criteria.  The CBT Maduro brings all three to the table and that is a rare thing.  My only beef with the CBT is the MSRP. At $10, the CBT is pricey.  In fact, the price is the only thing keeping em from giving it an even higher score.

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Comment by Tyler on July 17, 2014 at 10:05am
I really want one now! After seeing your picture on Instagram before and now reading about it, it seems right up my alley.
Comment by Charlie on July 17, 2014 at 10:09am

Great review, I couldn't stand the non-maduro version of the Eiroa but you got me all excited to try the maduro out. The first release was a Honduran Puro, what I read was that this cigar uses all the upper primings from the original release, that wrapper does loook San Andreas, not quite broadleaf. Beautiful looking cigar that I want to try.


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Comment by The Nothing on July 17, 2014 at 10:14am

As I mentioned in chat, don't forget that Christian Eiroa originally blended the Camacho Triple Maduro


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Comment by RobbyRas on July 17, 2014 at 10:28am

Tyler -  Obviously I liked it... and I see myself picking up a box when I have room in my humi... I'll go with 5ers until then... 


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Comment by RobbyRas on July 17, 2014 at 10:29am

Charlie - Yeah, it looks and tastes like San Andreas... If I were a betting man, I'd put my money there... I haven't had the original Eiroa, but I think they sent me a few to sample, so I'll check it out eventually...


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Comment by RobbyRas on July 17, 2014 at 10:31am

Nothing - yes... the Camacho Triple Maduro is a great call... I didn't make that connection until you mentioned it, which i am a little embarrassed about... it's a very clear connection and it probably explains why I dig this cigar as much as I do, cuz I LOVED those triple maddy's back in the day... that original blend was really good and this is right along those lines

Comment by Docwill on July 17, 2014 at 10:39am

Great review Robby. I was hoping for some reference to the original but I see from you comments that you have not smoked one. Price is a little steep but it sounds like a must have smoke.


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Comment by RobbyRas on July 17, 2014 at 11:06am

Doc -  it's a completely different blend from the original Eiroa, so other than name, they have little in common... but you're right, I haven't smoked the original...

Comment by Docwill on July 17, 2014 at 9:56pm

Robby- yeah I surmised that from your review> The flavor profiles have absolutely nothing in common. I was just curious as to your take on the original.

Comment by Charlie on October 18, 2014 at 12:14am

So I finally got my hands on one of these (thanks to Brett) and from what I read about this cigar it is a Honduran puro/all naturally fermented, extra aged/upper priming tobacco all cured in authentic "maduro" fashion. But as we all know CLE didnt disclose any details. I am very excited, how long did you let yours rest before your wrote your review? Everyone seems to love this smoke...

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