Doña Nieves is a brand created by El Galan and distributed by Antillian Cigar Corp. – most known for their brand of Sosa cigars. The cigars are created at the El Galan factory in Nicaragua, made by owner Felix A. Mesa, of Cuban descent.
El Galan Doña Nieves breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Production: Regular release
- Vitola: 5.5″ x 54
- Price: $6.50
Considering the price-point, this is a nice looking cigar, it has a classic band with lots of gold embossing – the cigars are packaged in 24-count boxes with a raw, cedar wood appearance. The cigars themselves are semi-box-pressed with a nice, medium brown color to the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The draw resistance felt great, and with a light, the cigar produces a ton of smoke with each puff.
Right away, there is an unmistakable pepper quality to the cigar – it is white pepper, though there may be some black pepper as well. Though the profile was primarily pepper, there were also a few other notes, including toasted bread, oak, and even cauliflower… (though I may be looking too much into that one). As the cigar progresses, it’s clear it’s a pepper bomb through and through. There are added flavors here and there, such as an interesting walnut component in the later portion, but this cigar sticks to its core throughout.
This is a fun cigar – it’s well rolled, burns great, has a nice draw, and provides a good amount of flavor – for a $7 stick, I’d say job well done.
Pros: the draw, smoke output, and burn line were all very satisfactory.
Cons: not very complex. Flavors may change, but you really have to look for it.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
Sure, with a medium+ body, this is a nice cigar for late afternoon or as a sort of appetizer to start the night. Like a good horseradish, it’ll clear your sinuses right out!