Like most Dojoers, I like to try new cigars every chance I can. When I enter my local B&M I usually ask two questions. “What’s new?” and “How did you like it?”
On this day, the answer was the “RAICES CUBANAS 1941″ and “I don’t know, haven’t tried it yet.”
The RAICES CUBANAS 1941 is a joint collaboration with the folks at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. R.L. Factory and Alec Bradley. The factory is located in Danli, Honduras and produces the Tempus and Prensado lines as well as several others. The Raices Cubanas 1941 is the first Raices branded cigar and is marketed by Alec Bradley. At that I picked up two Churchill’s and off to the humidor they went.
Tale of the tape:
- Robusto 5.25×52 $8.95
- Churchill 7×50 $9.75
- Toro 6×54 $9.50
- Gordo 6×60 $9.95
- Wrapper: Honduran
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Fillers: Honduras/Nicaragua
- Raíces/Alec Bradley Collaboration
After about two weeks I decided I’d give the Raíces a chance. The Raíces Cubanas 1941 has a medium brown Honduran wrapper with light veins and invisible seams. The body of the cigar was “lumpy” and soft to the touch, almost like they didn’t put in enough filler. With that being said, it was still an attractive stogie.
After cutting the cap, I was surprised to find a very nice draw with just a little resistance and a creamy sweet taste.
Upon light up there was black pepper and slight burn to the retro hale. During the first third, the pepper subsided into a sweet spice. It is a very nice flavor and the ash held to about an inch.
It was just after the first third when things started going bad. The burn became very uneven and needed to be corrected several times. The flavors remained consistent to the first third, sweet spice without much else.
As the burn approached the band, the wrapper started to split and unwrap so I was not able to finish the cigar.
I was not satisfied with the results of the cigar and attributed the problems to the conditions when I smoked it. I was at the beach in a cool light breeze although I was sitting in my truck. So I decided to give the Raíces another try under better conditions.
The second stick was smoked indoors at my local B&M. The burn was much better although still needing attention to keep it even. I also had a cracked wrapper but it was not bad enough to affect the burn.
The last third of this cigar saw the pepper come back ever so slightly with the creamy sweet spice clinging on the finish.
Construction issues aside, the RAICES CUBANAS 1941 has a nice sweet spice flavor that remains consistent throughout the cigar and would pair well with a nice cup of coffee or lighter Bourbon.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
No. At a MSRP of $9.75 for the Churchill I can think of several similar sticks I’d pick up first.
- Excellent draw
- Construction issues
- Not complex
- Not enough value