Will 2012 be the year of the Double Claro/ Candela cigar? I guess we’ll find out in a couple of months at the IPCPR trade show. I for one think what we’re looking at is just a fad. With La Flor Dominicana and Illusione adding “green” sticks to their lines earlier this year, it was no surprise that others would follow and so now we have the Edge Candela to contend with. Fuente has long offered the 858 and Churchill in a candela wrapper but you rarely see them on humidor shelves due to a lack of demand and to be perfectly honest, I don’t envision a future in which candela wrapped cigars grab a meaningful share of the market. Thus far, sales of candela have been more driven by curiosity and novelty and repeat sales are rare.
This toro has a Habano seed, Honduran wrapper, reportedly aged 5 years which is the color of split-pea soup with small veins, matte finish with almost no discernible aroma beyond a very light wet hay and alfalfa. The foot gave off aromas of wet grass, ammonia, eucalyptus with a hint of honey sweetness. The generous triple cap remained intact upon cutting with a single blade guillotine and the firmly packed toro drew flawlessly.
The aroma given off while toasting the foot was that of burning meat and a hay fire. There was also ammonia which stung the nostrils. The first third was medium in both body and strength with flavors of bell pepper, spearmint and dust and just a little sugary sweetness.
The burn was even and cool and the white ash held well but it required more effort than normal to keep lit.
The second third had even more bell pepper along with the wet grass while the spearmint subsided, only to be replaced by eucalyptus. The sweetness had all but vanished as the heat picked up.
In the final third the flavors stayed constant although muted by the increasing heat. Both strength and body increased slightly remaining in the medium range.
All in all, I was left longing to taste tobacco. Suffice it to say, I will not be filling my humidor with these. While I realize that taste is subjective, I don’t envision a future in which candela cigars dominate retail shelves.
In the words of Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green.”
Format: Toro 6 x 50
Wrapper: Honduran Habano seed Candela