Saturday, August 25, 2007
Size: 5.75 x 50
Shaun brought me back this puro from his vacation in Hawaii, which appears to be the only cigar in the world made from Hawaiian tobacco. The tobacco is grown on the island of Kauai, then exported to Nicaragua to be fermented, aged, and hand-rolled into cigars. The cigars are only sold in Hawaii and through the website http://www.coffeetimes.com/
(Side rant: What does that say about our economy? Apparently, it's more cost effective to ship the tobacco across the Pacific Ocean, make the cigars in Central America, then ship them back across the Pacific, rather than to pay American workers to do the same job!)
The company has an interesting website here.
I thought the cigar itself was very good. It had a medium body, with an easy-but-not-too-loose draw. I tasted distinct pepper/spice flavors that grew more intense as I nubbed it. They paired favorably with my drink of the night, a 12-year single malt. The flavors reminded me, actually, of a cross between a CAO Black and a Hemingway.
Granted, this is a ridiculously high price point for any cigar (we're close to Graycliff, Padron Anniversary, Opus X territory here), and it probably has a lot to do with the fact that these cigars are something of a novelty due to their origin and are sold mostly to tourists. Still, I really enjoyed the one I was given, and I'll make sure to pick up some more if I ever get that dream cruise to Hawaii.