Flor de Cano is a marca that I started to spend more time with a few years ago. One of my fellow BOTLs who I have a great respect for both his knowledge and passion for Cuban cigars is known for adoring this marca. Every time I smoke a vitola from this marcs, I think of him and it puts a smile on my face.
Let’s see how this is progressing…
The 2014 Edicion Regional Canada La Flor de Cano Siboney is a diminutive cigar. It is a minutos vitola that comes in at a 42 ring gauge and is 4.3 inches in length. My guess is that this specific size was chosen due to our cold Canadian winters and the punitive taxes we have to pay for the privilege of smoking a cigar.
There were 2,000 numbered 25 count semi boite nature boxes that were released in early 2015, despite the fact that they were slotted to be released in 2014. Such is Cuba being Cuba, in terms of hitting release times. LOL
The wrapper is a milk chocolate hue of brown. Smooth to the touch. Aromas of chocolate, cream, hazelnut and a touch of honey emanate from the wrapper. Beautiful.
The construction is excellent. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The rounded triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.
A quick twist from Siglo multi punch and we are ready for action.
The draw is perfect.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are: honey, eucalyptus, cocoa and hazelnut.
Time to take this to the flame….
What a great start. Honey, eucalyptus, citrus and a touches of cocoa, leather and cedar jump out from the start. Delicious. Strength is at a medium level and is perfect for the flavour profile.
The draw and smoke production are excellent. The burn is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ whitish grey.
The retrohale has some zip to it. Nice layers of citrus, honey, earth and cocoa walk into unison down the nasal passages.
The after finish is very soothing. Gentle yet lasting on the palate. The medium level strength allows the flavours to have an extended stay and allow me to enjoy the nuances of the profile. Citrus, honey and earth to start, followed by layers of eucalyptus, cocoa and leather to finish. Wonderful experience so far.
This is smoking well despite the its youth. Vibrant and vivid flavour profile. Beautiful balance between savoury and sweet. Equally impressive is the balance between flavour profile and strength. Everything is working in unison. Excellence is a small package.
The retrohale is equally vibrant and lively. Nice layers of citrus, honey, eucalyptus and touches of cocoa and leather gently make their way through the nasal passages.
The after finish is just mind blowing. Smooth and silky. Very refined and complex. The flavours don’t change however, the nuance and emphasis of certain flavours over others change with each draw. At times, the honey, eucalyptus, and cocoa take centre stage. Other times, citrus, earth, and leather are profiled. The medium level strength is perfect for this flavour profile. Lasting and impressionable. Just a joy to smoke right now.
This is a killer cigar. The flavour profile is stellar. A great way to spend the afternoon. No baby fat at all. Smooth and enduring on the palate with staying power so you can lean back and enjoy the flavours. Great stuff.
The retrohale is full of zip and vigour. Layers of eucalyptus, citrus, cocoa and earth just come barrelling down the nasal passages. A little more assertive now, like it senses we are close to the end and they want to make their presence felt.
The after finish is gorgeous. Excellent balance of strength and flavours and between savoury and sweet. Beautiful layers of honey, eucalyptus, cocoa, leather, citrus and earth come in waves but doesn’t overwhelm the palate. The medium level strength further allows you to enjoy the flavours. What a great cigar.
This is a numbing cigar which means it is a cigar that you smoke till you burn your lips and fingers. The balance of this cigar, in terms of flavour profile and strength as well as between savoury and sweet notes is nothing short of outstanding. Just a delicious cigar. My only criticism of this cigar is that it is not a regular production cigar and it is too short of an experience due to its size. I can only imagine what this would be like in a lancero or corona gordas vitola. It would be outstanding. I might have to bite the bullet and pick up a few boxes of these….