The cigar world is full of life, camaraderie, and compelling stories of risk and reward for those so compelled to jump into business of the leaf. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Noel Rojas at IPCPR this year, and made a point to share his story through and interview Click Here. As a reviewer, hearing stories about a guy starting his company in his living room just makes you wish for nothing but the best for Guayacan. Noel had converted each room in his house, including the garage picture below, into a stage of his tobacco operation. He is currently building a factory in Nicaragua as his business expands, and when you hear him speak of it, one can truly grasp the hands on approach he takes to making cigars. I grabbed a few samples for review before I left Vegas, and Noel handpicked a few for me specifically. Granted, I am not a huge fan of maduro, or full-bodied Nicaragua blends, so I wanted to let this guy rest a bit before I got my hands into it. I will review his initial natural release in the near future as well.
Wrapper: San Andreas
Dry Draw: espresso, cumin, earth
First Third: The Guayacan Maduro started out very dry, with a sharp espresso finish. The retro was very strong, too strong for me, but folks who like the nose burn will appreciate it. Spice hit the back of my mouth, which eventually moved to a cumin note, while the espresso sat front of mouth. As the Guayacan progressed, the profile moved towards a smooth dark roast latte feel as the bite of the finish left. The finish had improved significantly, and I felt that some aging would do this cigar good for my tastes. At this time, it reminded me of a Padron thousand series with a little more kick really.
Second Third: Smooth dry chocolate notes encompassed the Guyacan Maduro during the second third, with cumin still hanging around as the main spice, and cedar notes complimenting the earth of the spice. The espresso flavors really had mellowed by this time from the initial strength of the note, and the takeover of the dark chocolate was a nice transition. The retro was still too strong for me, and I had to concentrate on the draw and the finish.
Final Third: For the final third, I grabbed some chocolate covered macadamia nuts, and a bit of Jameson to pair. Normally I do not do this, but I felt that the cigar would excel with a pairing and it did. For my palate, adding these two items complimented the flavor profile. The finish was a solid medium, with a fuller draw, and ended with a nice transition
Construction: No issues, you could see the onset of plume crystals in the wrapper
Final Thoughts: The Guayacan Madruo fits the mold of the classic Nicaraguan maduro profile to me, and I think it will hit many modern palates really. At times, I was reminded of Padron, other times I was close to tapping out to the strength, as I am a mild-medium smoker. I think the smokers that prefer stronger cigars in general will be attracted to the Guayacan Maduro, and I could see Logan or Matt falling in love with the kick of the retro. Big thanks goes out to Noel for the samples, and to Gary at Emilio for the continued support of Cigar Federation.
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