Review: El Primer Mundo La Hermandad Costa Fuerte Consejero

There has been some big news around EPM and PDR recently and Rob was able to sit down with Sean Williams, owner of El Primer Mundo Cigars, and Abe Flores, owner of PDR Cigars, at IPCPR this year.

EPM is now being distributed by PDR and EPM announced the release of the Costa Fuerte, which debuted at IPCPR 2013.

The Costa Fuerte is a line extension of La Hermandad. Below is taken from Cigar Coop and gives you some more insight into the Costa Fuerte.

“The name "Costa Fuerte" translates to "Strong Coast".  The Costa Fuerte is being positioned as a line extension under La Hermandad. The La Hermandad line was unveiled at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show and marked the first collaboration between Primer Mundo cigars and PDR Cigars. Like the core La Hermandad line, the Costa Fuerte is being made at the PDR Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic.”

Enough background, lets go!


El Primer Mundo La Hermandad Costa Fuerte Consejero

Vitola: Grand Toro

Size: 6 x 60

Wrapper: Bahia Brazilian

Binder: Dominican Olor

Filler: Dominican Republic 2006 Corojo & Nicaragua 99 Criollo

Beverage: Sweet Tea

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One

Smoking Time: 115 Minutes

Price Point: Between 8-9 USD via Halfwheel

Cigar Acquired At: Given to me directly by Sean Williams & Abe Flores

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Setting the Context

I haven’t smoked a lot of the El Primer Mundo lines to date. At IPCPR12 I was given a test blend of the La Hermandad BA. When I smoked the La Hermandad BA it has some serious tunneling and burn issues. Since then I haven’t smoked anything EPM so I figured I would change this trend today.



I really like the white sleeve band on the Costa Fuerte. I think the white sleeve really pops against the darkness of the wrapper. Also, I think it is kind of genius to combine the brand and a foot band into one band. I think it gives a lot more space for EPM to deck out their logo.


This is a big damn cigar. Until I took off the white sleeve I had no idea it was this big. (That’s what she said! Just kidding!)


The wrapper has a few large veins that run in a spiral down the length of the cigar. Overall, the Cosa Fuerte has no noticeable soft spots and the cigar seems to be tightly rolled. No noticeable dings or tears in the wrapper. I would say this is one of the most well put together cigars I have smoked in recent memory.


Cold Draw

The Costa Fuerte has a good simple draw, which I am going to assume will lead to a ton of smoke production. The flavors on the cold draw were a nice mix of black pepper and cedar. It was a very pleasant flavor combination, and could lead to very interesting flavor combination in the Costa Fuerte.


First Half

As expected, right off the bat the Costa Fuerte produced a ton of smoke. The first initial flavor was the cedar I noted during the cold draw, but the black pepper wasn’t present. The flavor quickly changed from cedar to oak and the pepper showed it heads. The pepper was very mild in strength and just complimented the dominating oak notes.

I think I can safely say the Costa Fuerte I smoked for this review was too young. I got the back of the throat burn pretty quickly into the first third and it remained for a decent portion of the entire experience.


I got a little bit of a chili spice on the retrohale but it was muted. The flavors became very mellow and frankly it was hard for me to detect anything that was noticeably present. I might be stretching on this but I felt I picked up some notes of baking chocolate.


Second Half

The second half changed and flavors like earth and black pepper came back into the fold. It was really odd for the period where the Costa Fuerte tasted like nothing.


The best part of the Costa Fuerte was the earthy cedar mix that ramped up in both body and strength to the end of the cigar. The flavors worked good as a pair, but there was little change in complexity until the end.



The Costa Fuerte had a nice finish which was clean on my palate. I was able to smoke this cigar all the way to the end without it getting hot or acidic.



I wouldn’t judge by my review today on whether to smoke the Costa Fuerte or not. I think being a new cigar- the youngness, and the Gran Toro vitola were two things that hindered my experience. I think the intended flavor profile of the Costa Fuerte didn’t come out today. I will say the construction was on point, and is the best I have seen in any of the IPCPR 2013 releases.

I will need to smoke the Costa Fuerte again after some rest, and in a smaller vitola.

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Comment by Catfishbluezz on August 21, 2013 at 10:37am

Baking chocolate...awesome!

 It's funny, because often times when I am reviewing and experiencing chocolate of coffee flavors, there are many levels I would relate them to.  I know exactly what baking chocolate tastes like, and it is quite different form milk chocolate, dark, bittersweet, etc...  Same with coffee in regard to region, latte, cappucino, etc...  Jose touched on this with pepper during a Cigar Chat if I believe as well.

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on August 21, 2013 at 10:48am

Agreed. I know my palate isn't as refined as yours, but I agree there are many different levels of flavors. I think you are right Jose touched on this in both of his CigarChat episodes.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on August 21, 2013 at 11:10am

What's cool is when you get a combination of flavors that melt into one.  Like at times a cigar is creamy, then it maybe picks up some sugary aspects and it takes say a cappucino move.  Or the sugar is more of a burnt taste and both lean towards a custard of sorts.  Rob touched on Almond liqueur the other day, and that is another really where the almond notes combines with a burn on the retro or finish and gives that kind of profile.

  Interesting stuff really


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