Esteban Carreras Covenant
Covenant is the latest from Esteban Carreras, a quality cigar maker that has been flying under the radar for several years now. This along with the simultaneous release of the Chupacabra could make this a breakout year for this likeable underdog.
The Esteban Carreras Covenant box-pressed Torpedo which I smoked for the review was clad in a gorgeous, dark Rosado wrapper with a muted sheen and a waxy feel, double banded and looked quite appealing. An application of the guillotine to remove the well-formed torpedo tip and we’re on our way. The draw was flawless, despite the cigars firmness. Looking good so far!
The nose of the wrapper brought honeysuckle, new leather and sweet spice to mind. The cold draw was surprisingly flat, revealing dry earth, but little else. Toasting the foot filled the room with a bouquet of florals, toast and dark tobacco. After an initial harshness (just the first few puffs) I found notes of rose petal and leather, dry earth accompanied by a pleasant sweetness. The strength was medium, the body as well, while the smoke was cool and voluminous.
In the second third the flavors intensified and were joined by a slightly tart fruitiness. The strength had steadily built to full.
The final third ushered in a saltiness and spice that shoved the sweetness and fruit right out of the picture, and the leather came on strong as well. Strength continued to increase along with heat and spice. This cigar did not lend itself to nubbing. I had to let it go sooner than I would normally as the smoke became too hot, strong and heavy. As pleasant as the first two thirds of the cigar were, the ending didn’t quite measure up. I will definitely smoke this again to relive the first 2/3′s again and in hopes that the tail end was just an anomaly. Hell, I’d smoke the first 2/3s again and leave the rest in the ashtray.
Sizes: Robusto (5.5 x54 ), Toro (6 x 54), Double Corona (7 x 54), Torpedo (6.25 x 54)
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro Hybrid
Binder/ Filler: Selected Nicaraguan tobaccos from Ometepe, Jalapa, and Esteli
Boxes of 24