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The Isla de Cuba Line
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Friday, 28 August 2009

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Isla de Cuba Classic

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The Isla de Cuba Classic is a hand wrapped cigar that was introduced for public consumption back in 2007. At first glance, one can tell that it is a well made cigar, and can only hope that it burns as good as it looks. The Classic sports an aesthetically pleasing, light-colored Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder, and is highlighted by the company’s nostalgic band. It definitely feels like your grandfather’s type of cigar, as it is very rigid to the touch. The Isla de Cuba Classic has a filler from both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Once lit, the Classic burns nicely and maintains throughout. One might be surprised that the Classic actually kicks some bold flavor to your senses, despite its light and rather unassuming exterior. What begins as a rather spicy kick-start upon lighting eventually subsides into a more pleasant, creamy taste. The Classic’s slight tinges of coffee flavor at times make it a nice complement to your morning cup of Joe. The Classic is a perfect combination of both sweet and bold tastes that make it a cigar for any occasion or time of the day. Of course it cannot be held to the same standard as the Montecristo No. 3, but there are enough similarities that make the Classic a nice “tribute” to the legendary stogie.

The Isla de Cuba Classic receives four stars, and can be purchased in boxes of 25 or alone for around $6 to $7. It comes in five different sizes: 5.5 x 44 Corona, 5 x 54 Robusto, 6 x 50 Toro, 6.125 x 52 Belicoso, and 7 x 54 Churchill, with the Corona being closest in size to the Montecristo No. 3, for those who feel like taking a trip down memory lane.

Isla de Cuba Maduro

The Isla de Cuba Maduro was introduced in 2008. Like the Classic, the Maduro is also well-made, although its Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is darker in color and gives it a bolder look, which is only lightened up by the band. Touch-wise, the cigar is very solid. The Maduro has a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

The Isla de Cuba Maduro burns well, and hits you with a wide variety of tastes. As its darker exterior may suggest, the Maduro provides a bit of a bolder taste than the Classic. Your palate gets taken on a roller coaster of tastes, that begins with a tinge of chocolate, simmers to a bit of a nutty flavor, and then kicks to spicy, and finally settles back down to more of a coffee or chocolaty flavor once again. The Maduro’s good burn and rather nice combination of flavors make it a joy to smoke. It’s chocolate and coffee tendencies make it a nice smoke with your morning cup, or even a nice treat in the afternoon while relaxing on the porch. For comparison purposes, the Isla de Cuba Maduro closely resembles the Ashton Maduro, while being slightly less expensive. The Isla de Cuba Maduro receives a four star rating for its burn and the variety of flavors it produces.

Look for the Isla de Cuba Maduro for sale in boxes of 25 or in the price range of $6 to $7 for a single. It comes in five different sizes: 5.5 x 44 Corona, 5 x 54 Robusto, 6 x 50 Toro, 6.125 x 52 Belicoso, and 7 x 54 Churchill.






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