Robert Caldwell of Caldwell Cigars set out back in 2014 to use some of the most rare tobacco varietlaes on the market to create truly unique boutique blends. It’s time to see if he achieved that wish with the Eastern Standard “Piramide cakewalk”
Construction - The first thing I took notice of on this cigar was the color. Its categorized as a Connecticut but there is really nothing traditional about the color, simply because this does use a hybrid tobacco for the wrapper. It would align itself with more of a natural tone while also boasting a slight reddish hue which gives it a bit of a colorado undertone. The other quality I noticed was how fragile and thin the wrapper was on this sample, peeling and unraveling with even the slightest touch.
Burn - The burn on this cigar was adequate. The draw was a tad tight and I was apprehensive to try and loosen at the head simply because of the fragility. Despite the tight draw, the smoke production was surprisingly decent, so I continued smoking as is. The cigar began to run towards the end, warranting a correction and one abrupt outage occurred as well, causing a relight attempt.
Flavor - The flavors at the onset are apparent and in your face. There is a brightness to this cigar that I have really never experienced and it is balanced out thoughtfully with a little bit of spice that provides a unique savoriness. The favors are pretty static however, offering up few changes other than the once very impactful flavors you get in the first third, begin to diminish and erode in the final two thirds of this cigar. I should point out that this isn't necessarily a bad thing in my opinion. The same luster you get in the beginning would have been overwhelming if it remained consistent throughout the cigar. It finishes off with the same savory flavors but at a lessened degree. I would have personally enjoyed something a bit more complex.
You will pay somewhere around $11.00 for this cigar which I feel is a bit of an overreach given its lack of dynamic qualities, but I really do admire the exploration to do something different and a willingness to create something fairly uncommon. This is one I would have loved to drink with a sweeter glass of bourbon or even a dark rum, as I believe it would have been very complementary and only enhanced the flavors presented in the smoke itself.
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