316. San Cristóbal de la Habana LCDH Mercaderes Aged 2011
From my own collection.
Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge.
San Cristóbal is a current post-Revolution brand, launched in late 1999.
The range comprises light to medium-strength cigars, using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba.
Varnished Boîte Nature Box of 25 cigars.
A 2006 release. Discontinued 2011.
Size: 6.6×48, Grand Corona (Hermosos No.1).
Wrapper: Nutty, oily and silky-smooth with tiny veins.
Construction: Firm even feel when lightly squeezed.
Cold draw: Fresh note of cedarwood and lemongrass.
1st third: Starts with a smooth digestive biscuit note with a milk chocolate sweet and a light nutty note in the background.
2nd third: Keeps the same.
Burn: Burns hasty with little bit wonky burn line, with a firm and stable white ash.
Smoke: Voluminous white smoke with a cool feeling on the tongue and a medium light draw.
3rd third: I’m getting hints of cane sugar adding to the previous parts profiles.
Duration: 22:15-23:30, 1h 15min.
Conclusion: A medium bodied cigar with a mild strength profile.
Result: In my book this is an 91 point cigar.
/Cigar Reviewer André
A regrettably unsatisfactory cigar. A Casa del Habano release that comes nowhere near to those of a standard production inside the portfolio. I’m a huge fan of La Fuerza, the Gordita size, and so was expecting great things from this cigar of a slightly slimmer yet longer format. I smoked an example from 2007, if I’m not mistaken the first year of its production, which I’m sure didn’t help as the blend is considered light to medium in the first place. It was so mild that, if my eyes were shut, I doubt I’d know I was smoking anything at all. I could not derive any specific flavours from the cigar and noticed no development whatsoever. All I can say is that it was sweet, to a degree. The construction, however, was superb with just the right amount of resistance. I persevered and smoked this cigar until I passed the band. All I noticed is that the smoke became hotter. Do not smoke this cigar if you are expecting to taste something.