Country of origin: Dominican Republic
Color: Colorado Maduro
I'm not entirely certain when I started following Marie Cabrera, one of the co-founders of Valeroso Cigars, on Twitter and Instagram - it may have started when I noticed the great pictures of cigar-smoking bliss that she had been posting regularly. If you have been following this sister of the leaf, you should have noticed that over the past year she has been posting teaser photos of her new cigar line; starting with unbanded sample tasting at Manuel Quesada's MATASA factory where they are manufactured, a peek at the new logo, and an occasional "coming soon" shot of Marie smoking the newly banded sticks. But in January, the Instagram post that generated a great deal of buzz indicated that "Valeroso Cigars are now in the aging process at the MATASA Factory and will be available February 2013". And since then, the social media blitz has been full-on - we got the first glance at the new packaging, the first shipment to the warehouse ready for retailers, and then some in-store events. Now with the annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) trade show just a few weeks away, it is anticipated that Valeroso Cigars will be hitting many more shelves of local B&Ms very shortly.
This is the first time that I am writing a review of an entire cigar line. About a month ago, I graciously received an 8-cigar sampler of the Primavera, the first line of Valeroso cigars, which included a cigar of each vitola available:
Sagrado (Churchill) - 7" x 47
Arrojo (Toro) - 6" x 54
Refinado (Torpedo) - 6.25" x 52
El Estado (Lancero) - 7.5" x 40
Fogoso (Robusto) - 5" x 50
Regalo (Robusto Extra) - 5.5" x 50
Contento (Lonsdale) - 6.5" x 44
Animoso (Corona) - 5.25" x 42
I must say that this is a mighty fine line-up of cigars - they are aesthectically and structurally consistent, and the flavor profiles of each vitola is very similar with very subtle differences. The logo on the band is different and quite catchy; "Valeroso" is spelled out with two tobacco leaves forming a "V" tied by the leaf stems with a string (which will obviously be used to hang the leaves for curing!) spelling out the remainder of the name in cursive.
The Valeroso Primavera are all beautiful cigars with colorado maduro wrappers - which all had small veins and barely visible seams, except at the cap. The wrappers were slightly toothy and had a pretty oily sheen; very smooth to the touch. All of the cigars had a very nice suppleness between the fingers from cap to foot. Of note, the Animoso has a pretty cool pigtailed cap. All of the cigars had a musty leather