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El Flaco Habano by Casa Cuevas

Let's hope this Flaco performs better than one in the NFL

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Cory Allen
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The Breakdown
Wrapper
Ecuadorian Habano
Binder
Nicaraguan
Filler
Dominican & Nicaraguan
Vitola (Size)
El Flaco (7 x 43)
Price (USD)
9.50

This cigar came to us when Owners Luis Cuevas Sr. and Luis Cuevas Jr.of Tabacalera Las Lavas S.R.L. decided to use their cigar production capability to make their own line up of cigars. The cigars they landed on? A Connecticut, Maduro, and what I am reviewing today, the “Habano” in the Flaco size. Let’s get into it. 

Construction - Visibly this cigar is beautiful. Three things I am a sucker for: The sheen on an Ecuadorian wrapper, a long slender vitola, and how can forget the cute little pigtail cap. There is no doubt this was simply made to meet a high standard.

Burn - Unfortunately it’s always in the back of my mind that when smoking such a long and thin vitola cigar that it will inherently come with some challenges, namely pitting and abrupt outages and that is exactly what I got. 3 relights due to these foreseen issues which is really regrettable. Redemption, however, comes in the form of a superior draw that offered up insane amounts of smoke, which when resurrected made the smoke experience quickly enjoyable again. 

Flavor - The Flaco Habano was lacking in the first third, only producing what I could only describe as meaty and thick. I think it is suffering from an identity crisis. This cigar just seemed confused by what it was supposed to produce in terms of flavors, but as I approached the second third, it really started opening up giving me an appealing bright fruitiness with a subtle creaminess which produced a balance that was very enjoyable.. This remained the front runner flavors for most of the remainder of the cigar until a thoughtful bitterness was introduced right at the end, which for me is a great way to finish out on an initially lacking flavor profile.  


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$9.50 is the average price paid for this long skinny donger, which by all accounts is pretty on par. If you are like me and really appreciate a nice extended svelte cigar, then I say this is certainly one you want to grab the next time you are contemplating what to pick up at your local B&M. If not, you may want to move on to something else or try this cigar in another vitola like I intend on doing. 


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Brand
Casa Cuevas Cigars

Casa Cuevas Cigars was established in 2016 but with a decade’s old history. The Cuevas family is responsible for many of the cigars that you enjoy today. Cuban born Master Blender Luis Cuevas Sr. has been blending cigars from his factory in the Dominican Republic for many popular cigar brands. Now, together with son Luis Cuevas Jr., the Casa Cuevas brand was created to honor their four-generation cigar heritage.

Author
Cory Allen
Host of The Hot Ticket Podcast. Cory isn’t your prototypical cigar smoker. He’s a testament to today’s modern smoker. Having smoked his first cigar at the age 18, he immediately gained an affinity for this seemingly exclusive pastime, and specifically one that is not popular amongst those categorized as "Millennials" Today, Cory continues to indulge in some of the most highly rated and regarded cigars in the industry and is always seeking to get his grubby little hands on the next great smoke.