Family: it’s hard to find a better reason for a brand owner to create an homage cigar. This one, the Casa Cuevas Patrimonio, is the brainchild of Luis Cuevas Jr. and his son Alec Cuevas, made as a tribute to family patriarch, Luis Cuevas Sr. This is portrayed through the cigar’s title, which translates to mean Patrimony.

Luis Cuevas Jr., president of Casa Cuevas Cigars, stated in a press release: “Patrimonio is a project that is extremely near and dear to my son Alec and myself. When my father left Cuba, he left tobacco behind. Years later, after rebuilding in the U.S.A., he was able to revive our family tobacco history by opening his cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. Because of my father’s perseverance, our family legacy continues to live on.”

I was able to witness the true meaning that Patrimonio has to the Cuevas family while visiting with Luis Jr. during a recent visit to Miami. You could just feel the vibe change in the room as Luis was explaining how strong family values are with the Cuevas family, and what this cigar means to them. Adding to the significance of the project, the father-son duo decided to keep the details of the cigar a secret from Luis Cuevas Sr. until the cigar was finished.

Patrimonio Robusto Gordo Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Filler: Dominican Republic | Nicaragua | Peru
  • Factory: Tabacalera Las Lavas S.R.L. (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Vitola: 5″ × 54 (Robusto Gordo)
  • Price: $10.50 (MSRP)

Patrimonio was announced in the spring of 2021 and began shipping shortly after the PCA trade show later last year. The cigars are rolled from a complex recipe of five distinct countries throughout the blend, being topped with a Honduran Corojo leaf. At the time of release, three sizes are being offered:

  • Robusto Gordo: 5″ x 54 | $10.50 (box of 20 $210)
  • Toro: 6″ x 52 | $11.00 (box of 20 $220)
  • Gordo: 6″ x 60 | $11.50 (box of 20 $230)
  • Atlantic Cigar Sale

Appearance

The cigars come in a glossy white box with gold filigree, along with the Casa Cuevas logo and the name of the cigar. It’s simple, yet having a touch of elegance (if that translates). On the inside of the box, there is a family portrait of Luis Sr., Luis Jr., and Alec Cuevas, leaving no question to the meaning behind the name. The cigar bands mimic the colors and graphics on the outside of the box, having a clean and refined feel.

The robustos themselves have a rugged appearance, with a reddish-brown hue to the wrapper. The seams are very nicely done, and the cap is well applied. There are quite a few raised veins running throughout the wrapper, along with a few small bumps. The wrapper has just a slight amount of tooth to it, and an almost matte leather appearance (as there appears to be only a small amount of oil on the leaf). The cigar is also very firm from foot to cap, tending to indicate the it is well filled.

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Smoking Experience

The pre-light aroma from the foot of this cigar has primarily a fresh tobacco note to it, along with a hint of florals and fresh gingerbread. The pre-light draw, which has just about the right amount of resistance, has a touch of the florals from the foot, and is loaded with heavy, damp cedar and a vegetal red bell pepper finish.

Getting into the first part of the cigar, there is a spicy sweetness that reminds me of a coffee snack cake (sweet and cinnamon) along with white pepper. The retrohale is mostly white pepper, while the finish leaves a wet concrete kind of mustiness in the nostrils. Getting a little farther along in the cigar, the sweetness recedes slightly, and dry earth makes an appearance. Despite the recipe coming somewhat equally from five countries (at least on paper), the overall vibe seems to be derived from the Honduran wrapper, taking on the sweet, earthy, pastry-like characteristics often found from Honduras’ growing regions.

Meanwhile, at a little over an inch in, the burn is slightly wonky but acceptable, and the draw is spot on. I would put strength firmly in the medium range, while flavor and body are what I would consider medium-full.

Casa Cuevas Patrimonio Robusto Gordo cigar smoking

Getting into the middle of the cigar, the intensity picks up slightly. The snack-cake sweetness picks back up, similar to very early in the smoking experience. The dry earth is joined by leather, with a floral note on the finish (which actually keeps the sweetness from being overpowering). The retrohale now zings to the point of tearing up my eyes, and is primarily black pepper in flavor. The burn through this point has been getting wobblier as it creeps along, with the cigar going out and needing a relight just past halfway. This actually occurred at almost the same spot on two of the three cigars I smoked for this review. It seems that once the cigar is relit, things begin to change.

In the final moments of the cigar, chalkiness appears, and it really amplifies the dry earth component. Leather and cedar are the remaining notes I pick up at the end. The strength has remained medium, with the flavor and body still in the medium/full range. The burn has not been a further issue, straightening out after the relight.

Casa Cuevas Patrimonio Robusto Gordo cigar ash

Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?

This was an enjoyable cigar for me. While it would not be on my everyday radar, it had an adjacent profile of Honduran cigars that I love (even though it was constructed in the DR).


Profile
  • Flavor: Medium / Full
  • Strength: Medium
  • Body: Medium / Full
Core Flavors
  • Spiced coffee cake
  • Dry earth
  • White pepper
  • Cedar
Tips
  • Smoke Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Pairing Recommendation: Aged rum | Añejo tequila | Dr Pepper | Spiced chai tea
  • Purchase Recommendation: I’d recommend a fiver to see if they are to your liking

Casa Cuevas Patrimonio Robusto Gordo cigar nub finished

Casa Cuevas Patrimonio Robusto Gordo
Had I smoked this cigar blind, I would have thought it Honduran, not Dominican. It had that unique cross of sweet/spice/toast of Honduras that I absolutely love. The parts of the cigar where sweetness had to balance out with dryness actually worked (for the most part), with the dryness maybe getting a little overbearing in the final inch and a half or so. All in all, it was a pleasant experience that will likely be enjoyed by a wide range of palate preferences.
Appearance90%
Burn/Construction86%
Draw88%
Flavor87%
Complexity87%
Price/Value88%
Pros
  • Peruvian tobacco adds unique complexity
  • Finally, a tribute cigar that will be readily available
Cons
  • Inconsistent burn across the samples that I smoked
  • The dryness might be off-putting to some
  • The first part of the cigar is better than the finish
88%Family Values
  • Aganorsa Leaf
  • Cigar Wars
  • Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
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