Eiroa First 20 years

The @eiroa_cigars family has a large fingerprint on the cigar industry. The family’s company, Caribe Imported Cigars, once owned some famous brands such as Camacho and Baccarat. Christian Eiroa, son of Julia Eiroa, would eventually leave the family company (Camacho) to start his own brand, CLE Cigars. Eiroa created this cigar in celebration of his first 20 years in the industry. From what he has learned at Caribe and Camacho, he put into this Honduran Puro.


Initial Light and First 3rd

This beauty has been in the humidor for some time but has aged magnificently. After a good dusting off, I find a shiny reddish brown outer leaf with few veins but a quite visible seam. It has a smooth, delicate texture that gives way to the tightly bound tobacco underneath. I was so eager to get into this stick that I neglected to note the pre-light aroma. However, once lit, you get great blooms of smoke and flavor from this cigar. It was a wood such as Oak and Cedar along with nutmeg to start. Shortly after, say 15 minutes in, you are introduced to flavors of hay, clove, and anise.

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The 20 year has a silky-smooth transition that introduces a very noticeable sweetness. It’s a dark fruity, syrupy treat compared to the cedar and baking spices from the earlier portion. There’s also a slight nuttiness (peanut) on the finish. It’s a lingering flavor that gives subtle sweetness, the woodiness, and a little toastiness for good measure. At the halfway mark, I begin to get more spice. The anise is now pepper. It’s quite a flavorful cigar at this point. By the way, the ventilation is very open and easy to pull in all these amazing flavors.


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There’s a hot spice now at play. It goes beyond pepper and anise and is more like cinnamon or cayenne. The cigar has gone from medium to medium-full on the body. The strength, however, sits right in the middle of medium. The cigar goes from a mild, flavorful smoke to a rich, complex spicy one. Throughout the entire smoking experience, it burned very well the whole time and never needed a relight or touch up. It’s a very well-made cigar that’s fantastic inside and out.

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