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
Wrapper: Maduro (San Andreas?)
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.