What is new is old, and what is old is new. This is the reality for the Reserva Maduro which was actually originally released from the Cuevas family in the early 2000s, and since re-released under the current brand of Casa Cuevas. Name aside, it’s time to see how this blast from the past stacks up.
Construction - This cigar is very dark in nature as the name would identify, however if we were being honest, it’s really more towards a oscuro shade than it is maduro. Both samples smoked seemed to vary drastically when it came to construction. One smooth and lightly spongy and the other rigid and firm and thoothy to the touch. Minus those inconsistencies which could have very well been from varying storage conditions, the cigars were adequately constructed. Nothing to write home about but nothing that would cause too much judgment either.
Burn - The burn on both samples smoked was an area where the cigar really shined. Both smoked effortlessly and the body of smoke was full and rich, just as you would hope for. Each sample did experience and abrupt outage, both at two different points in the cigar, but an easy correction on both got us on the right path.
Flavor - The flavor is where we were most shocked and surprised. For some reason there was just an anticipation that this cigar would be “so so” but it was anything but. The San Andres wrapper makes a huge statement from the get go, negating any other flavors that might have been derived at the beginning. A pungent burst of tangy from the wrapper is not only refreshing, it’s quite uniquely enjoyable. The cigar is quickly balanced out with a smokiness that really compliments the tanginess from the wrapper. This combination is not one we would typically run towards if we saw it in someone else's notes, but take our word for it, IT WORKS! At about 50% through a slight introduction of sweet and creamy begins to really balance everything out nicely, which is long lasting and a combination you will enjoy all the way until your fingers start melting.
$10.00 is the average price paid and had we seen these on the shelves in the wild we would have likely been quick to dismiss, however, knowing what we know,now they are absolutely worth the price paid. Wherever you are, look for the Casa Cuevas Reserva maduro and don’t pass up the chance to smoke it. This cigar is the real deal.
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.