Logan sat down with Anwar to get the news and upcoming ideas from El Cedro Cigars, at IPCPR15. One of Anwar's new cigars? The Purple Dye, which comes in a Habano and Maduro style. Check out the interview and then we'll get into the Habano.

El Cedro Purple Dye Habano

Size: 6 x 54

Vitola: Torpedo

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador

Binder: Dominican Corojo

Filler: Dominican Republic, USA

Factory: Fabrica de Cesar

MSRP: $8.60

Release Date: Fall 2015

Cigars smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review provided by El Cedro Cigars

Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system

Pre-light: The wrapper has aromas of hay, tobacco and light leather notes. Perfect draw, with notes of cedar and natural tobacco. There is a slight spice, but it’s very subtle.

Beginning: The El Cedro Purple Dye Habano starts off nice and even. Balanced flavors of cedar and natural tobacco, and a very nice citrus note on the finish that is closest to orange. That slight spice from the cold draw, comes through as a medium spicy burn on the retrohale. The burn is straight and the ash is an almost solid-shelled, light grey. So far, I would put it on the mild side of medium in strength and body.

Middle: The body really starts to pick up here. The smoke feels much thicker and the cedar and orangey citrus notes have more power. In fact, for a little while the orange note really comes to the forefront with some bold orange flavor. There is also a nutty note that has come in, to fill up the finish. As I neared the end of this third, the retrohale really picked up as well and the spicy burn was much more noticable. Still burning great and at a solid medium now.

End: That nutty note from earlier really starts to shine here and is backed up with a cedar wood note. The nuttiness mixes with a straight, natural tobacco flavor and leaves a clean, somewhat dry finish. In fact, as this third progresses, the nutty note takes on a more defined flavor. It’s not almond, peanut, walnut or any of the most popular types. It’s much more of an exotic type, but I can’t quite pin point it. The burn got a little wavy here and I had to touch it up a bit, but it wasn’t major.

Final Thoughts: The Purple Dye Habano is a great, leisurely medium smoking experience. The maduro is much fuller bodied, and honestly much more up my alley. The habano is a well constructed, well balanced and enjoyable to smoke. Just be ready for a milder ride than the full maduro. To give some perspective: I would probably give the maduro more like a 90 (Box Split), this is a worthy cigar, I just wouldn't need that many compared to the maduro.

Rating: 86 AKA “A couple"

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Comment by Docwill on September 11, 2015 at 8:41am

Great stuff Birthday boy! This sounds like my kind of cigar!

Comment by 007MI6 on September 11, 2015 at 11:08am

Thanks Doc! :)

Comment by Charlie on September 11, 2015 at 6:47pm

Thanks Jared! I've been curious about Cedro ever since they moved from Kelner to Cesar...his cigars used to sell like hot cakes and it kind of baffled me why he moved? I really like the new bands though!

Comment by 007MI6 on September 11, 2015 at 9:26pm
The new bands look great! A lot of thought and design went into them. Loved the Maduro, but you gotta watch it or the power will sneak up on you. Just make sure to eat first, the habana would be great anytime.
Comment by Charlie on September 11, 2015 at 9:32pm

The CFed shop getting them?

Comment by Catfishbluezz on September 12, 2015 at 9:11am
He probably moved because Kelner is very small batch

Comment by 007MI6 on September 12, 2015 at 2:37pm

I would bet we get them in the store. I'll see if I can find out.


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