Memorable Smokes - June 2016

Smokeasy's top 4 memorable smokes for the month of June

Pictured clockwise: El Centurion H-2K-CT, CAO Flathead Steel Horse, La Dueña, and Montecristo Línea Clásica. All images are courtesy of the respective cigar manufacturers.

El Centurion H-2K-CT (My Father Cigars)

My Father Cigars debuted the El Centurion H-2K-CT at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) annual trade show in the summer of 2015, as a line extension to the original El Centurion line released in 2013. What's different? This line uses a proprietary hybrid wrapper: Habano 2000 grown in Connecticut. It's not the typical shade grown or broadleaf, but the Habano 2000 Cuban-seed strain of wrapper tobacco grown in open sunlight and cultivated in the Connecticut River Valley. Outstanding smoke that's MUCH better than the original in my opinion!

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: United States (proprietary hybrid H-2K-CT)

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua (aged 3 years)

Vitolas (2): Corona (5½" x 48); Toro, box-pressed (6" x 52)

Medium-full bodied | Medium strength


CAO Flathead Steel Horse (CAO Cigars)

The Steel Horse is CAO's sequel to their ever-popular Flathead series. It's of a different blend than the original Flathead, but still has the signature flat head cap. This line was released in August 2015 and was created with the biker enthusiasts in mind - cigars packaged in individual boxes for easy transport on the open road. Though composed of tobaccos from 5 different growing regions, I still prefer the original Flathead - perhaps because of the Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and all of that ligero in the filler! Nevertheless, the Steel Horse is a very nice smoke...burns long, burns slow, nice flavors!

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Connecticut Habano Grueso

Binder: Brazilian Arapiraca

Filler: Dominican Republic/Honduras/Nicaragua

Vitolas (4): Bullneck (6½" x 66); Apehanger (5½" x 58); Handbrake (4½" x 50); Roadkill (5½" x 54)

Medium-Full-bodied | Medium-Full strength


La Dueña (My Father Cigars)

This cigar is all about the broadleaf - and it's all about Janny! Spanish for "the female owner" or "the female boss", La Dueña was made exclusively for Janny Garcia, Don Pepin Garcia's daughter, and actually was a collaborative effort between Janny's brother, Jaime Garcia, and Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars. The wrapper, binder, and filler are all composed of Connecticut broadleaf, and apparently Janny was looking for flavor over strength, a nice balance of the sweet flavor of the broadleaf and and the spicy flavor of the Nicaraguan tobacco. La Dueña is my absolute second favorite of the My Father portfolio, next to Flor de Las Antillas.

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf/Nicaragua (double binder)

Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf/Nicaragua

Vitolas (5): Belicoso No. 2 (5½" x 54); Petit Belicoso No. 9 (4¾" x 48); Petit Lancero No. 7 (6" x 42); Robusto No. 5 (5" x 50); Petit Robusto No. 11 (4½" x 52)

Medium-Full-bodied | Medium-Full strength