I had waited a while to get back to reviewing another one of the samples Guayacan owner Noel Rojas had given to me at IPCPR. Knowing the maduro was a little strong for my tastes, I figured letting the natural line age for six months or so might be advantageous to my palate. I reviewed the maduro here, and interviewed Noel at IPCPR here. I have been tracking his progress with Tabacalera N. Rojas and it seems his dreams of building his own cigar factory are coming true every month. I am very excited for his future, and his upcoming new releases. If you follow Noel on twitter, you can see pictures of the factory built from the ground up.
***I love his band work, very appealing to me, and a double band at the foot is something that adds a nice touch, while protecting the foot of the cigar. I always appreciate the foot band for protection.***
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Dry Draw: fruit, hint of pepper, tea leaves
First Third: Cashews, and a bitter nut finish were the main notes. The retro added a hint of red pepper as well. As the Guayacan progressed, I got dried fruit through the nose, and a sugary aspect took over. I really love it when I get nutty flavors in a cigar, as they challenge my palate to determine where the note may land. I eat a ton of tree nuts personally, and each one is unqiue, just like a good cigar. The sugary notes really took over as the third progressed.
Second Third: The sugary notes turned into a sugar cookie to me. Brown sugar combined with creamy notes to entice my senses into cookie monster mode. I still got the slightest hints of the cashews and pepper as well, but at that time they were very much in the background providing depth. The retro still had a rather nice burn as well, maybe a tad strong for my tastes, but not overpowering.
Final Third: The creamy, nutty, sugar cookie kept going strong. The finish was long and smooth. The nutty flavors really took over as I neared the end, with some coffee undertones as well.
Construction: Flawless burn
Final Thourghts: This was Noel Rojas’ first release under the Guayacan name, nad it is no surprise Gary took him under his wing for the House of Emilio. Noel started making cigars in his house, with each room and his garage providing the different aspects of a factory. He is finalizing his new factory in Nicaragua now, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for the future. The maduro was excellent when I reviewed it back HERE. I have heard from several sources in the industry, he has the tobacco, and being in the factory every day and working with great individuals, I see no reason why his success will not grow. The Guayacan is a geat example of Nicaraguan tobacco, and I think most medium to full-bodied smokers will enjoy this. Thanks to Noel for the interview at IPCPR, and for the samples.