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
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican Republic, USA
Factory: Fabrica de Cesar
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"