Arandoza Cigars is a relatively new brand that was started in April of 2011. Their cigars are created at “La Zona” in Estelí, Nicaragua. Arandoza Cigars can be found in nine tobacconist shops on the east coast of Florida.
Today, I will be reviewing the Blue Label which is Arandoza’s latest premium blend. The cigars used for this review were supplied to me by Arandoza Cigars.
The Arandoza Blue Label’s blend is comprised of a Habano Nicaraguan wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves.
At first glance, the Habano wrapper is medium brown in color and has a few minor veins. I can feel that the cigar has a somewhat soft fill as I gently squeeze the body of the cigar with my fingers.
The wrapper leaf gives off a leathery tobacco aroma while the foot has a sweet, earthy scent.
The triple cap clips quite easily and the cigar has an easy pre-light draw.
Once lit, there is a burst of pepper on my palate during the first, initial puffs. I also pick on some spice in my sinuses during the exhale.
The cigar produces some excellent smoke volume and has a slightly wavy burn with a thin carbon ring.
During the 1st third of the cigar it starts off fairly mild with some coffee and woody tobacco notes. There is a mild lingering finish and I can feel the smoke coat my palate.
The Arandoza Blue Label has a light gray, flakey ash that drops around the 2 inch mark.
During the 2nd third, the smoke volume picks up and I get a stronger spice sensation in my nose as well as a tingling sensation on my tongue.
The final third of the cigar plays out much like the first two thirds, the flavor profile is consistent and there is no increase in strength other than what I noted before.
One thing that I do take note of is the fact that this cigar does not dry out the mouth. In fact, my palate feels very smooth and moist while smoking the cigar.
I thought this cigar was a decent smoke despite the perceived softness of the cigar. It had a good burn, developed a nice ash and produced some good flavor. I would characterize the Arandoza Blue Label cigar as mild to perhaps just into medium strength and medium bodied.
If you enjoy the flavors of Nicaraguan tobacco but don’t like a lot of strength then this cigar is for you.
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