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Cigar Review: Long Live the King “The Heater” by Caldwell Cigars

Cigar: Long Live the King “The Heater”

Date Smoked: September 8, 2014

Caldwell CIgars Long Live the king

Robert Caldwell, Co-Founder of Wynwood Cigars, has returned from a seven month hiatus after leaving Wynwood to create Caldwell Cigars. “Caldwell Cigars is a company built by friends for friends. We have labored to bring you the finest quality product with great attention paid to every detail. We are setting out to deliver to our customers special cigars using only the finest, most exotic All-Grade-A tobaccos we can find. We are in this for our love of the leaf and our drive to share with you the fruits of our labor.” –(www.caldwellcigars.com). Long Live the King is considered a “true Corojo” because most companies nowadays use a hybrid Corojo that is modified to resist mold and allow more of the crop to be usable; Caldwell, however, does not – they use an original Corojo from the Dominican Republic that has not been modified.

Vitola: Corona Gorda (5-3/4”x46)

Blend: (From Caldwell’s website):
“Capa: Corojo Dominicano – 2008
Banda: Corojo Dominicano – 2009
Tripa: Corojo Ligero Dominicano 50% – 2006
Tripa: Viso Pelo De Oro Peruano 10% – 2008
Tripa: Habano Ligero Nicaraguense 40% – 2007”

Appearance: Long Live the King stands out very well in a humidor, the white band with a gold foil logo and burgundy outline blends in nicely against the brown leathery Corojo wrapper and the pigtail cap is a nice touch. The wrapper is oily and soft to the touch with only minor veins present.

Pre Light: After clipping the cap right under the pigtail, I take a few cold draws and am presented with honey, fig, hay and cedar.

First Third: Upon lighting the cigar, I get hit with white pepper on the first few puffs and once that fades out I get very classic flavors that you would expect from Corojo tobacco: earth, cedar, leather and some black pepper on the retrohale. There are also some notes of honey that I picked up on the cold draw along with a faint citrus note. The body is at a medium-full and the ash holds for about an inch and a half with a fairly even burn.

Second Third: As the cigar progresses, the black pepper dies down a bit, the citrus fades out and the leather and earth become more prominent. The bitterness and black pepper are almost balanced out by the sweetness from the honey, (which is likely due to the Peruvian Viso Pelo De Oro); however the sweetness is too faint to balance it enough, so I am left with a rather bitter finish on the palate. The body remains at medium-full and the ash falls about every inch or so with the burn requiring some touch up and needed to be re lit at one point about halfway through.
Final Third: Not much changes from the second third to the final third flavor-wise, it remains heavy on earth and leather with the honey notes in the background and some black pepper that has ramped up some. The body picks up a bit, it’s a full body during the final third and I am continuing to have some burn issues as the cigar required a few more touchups and had to be re lit a second time.

Closing Thoughts: Although there were some minor construction issues with both the cigars I smoked for this review, they weren’t severe enough to have any major effect on the cigar, although it was a little annoying having to touch up and relight it every so often. The flavor profile was very straightforward, I didn’t pick up many nuances beyond the honey and citrus and there weren’t any major changes in profile throughout the cigar, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In all, I enjoyed this cigar and am glad I got a chance to try it, it’s not on my top ten for the year, but it is a solid smoke. If you are a fan of Corojo, this is a must try! Otherwise, I wouldn’t go nuts trying to chase some down. Perhaps these will get better with some age; I may revisit the few I have left sometime next year.

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-Maxwell

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