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Cigar Review: Guáimaro Corona

Guáimaro Corona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esteban Disla is best known for being the co-owner of Fabrica de Tobacos Nica Sueño with RoMa Craft Tobac co-founder, Skip Martin. Now Disla has launched his own premium cigar brand. Disla’s brand is known as Guáimaro.

 

Esteban Disla’s life in tobacco began in 1985, in Navarete, Dominican Republic. This was the year that Esteban’s mother Elena Disla, who had spent her entire life working in the tobacco fields surrounding Navarete with her own mother, began working raw tobacco for Sergio and Luis Cuevas in the town’s first premium cigar factory, Tabacalera Cuevas & Hermanos.
 
Worried for her eldest sons, Elena convinced Sergio Cuevas to allow Esteban and his younger brother, Ceferino ‘Raul’ Disla, to gather and sort tobacco scraps before and after school in order to keep them out of the trouble that many young men found on the streets in the small and impoverished rural town.
 
Sergio Cuevas, a Cuban expatriate, quickly grew fond of the young boys and began the process of mentoring them and passing along the knowledge his family had developed over the generations since the Cuevas Family had settled, and began cultivating tobacco, in the Vuelta Abajo region of the Pinar del Rio providence in Cuba.
 
 
Cuevas, whom Disla refers to as his ‘Padrastro’, arranged for Esteban to come to Estelí, Nicaragua to help Carlos Toraño in his new factory, Nica Habano, in 1997. In 2000, this factory was closed and Disla moved to his position as the Chief of Production at Latin Cigar. Under his leadership, Latin Cigar grew its annual production from 700,000 to more than 13,000,000.  In 2008, STG acquired Latin Cigar and Disla transitioned to his role managing all aspects of the Esteli, Nicaragua tobacco operations.
 
In 2011, he departed and co-founded Fabrica de Tobacos Nica Sueño with RoMa Craft Tobac co-founder, Skip Martin. Over the last three years, Disla has been working to develop his own premium cigar brand. “Tobacco is my life,” Disla says, ”I owe everything I am to Sergio Cuevas. He took a skinny black boy off of the streets and developed me into a man. He gave me a purpose in life, a profession, and I have dedicated every day to honoring his faith in me and the traditions of the craft that he entrusted to me.
 
I can still hear his instruction, his advice, his reprimand. In the early days, he began referring to me in an affectionate manner; he called me by the name of the skinny, dark-skinned, young boys that would work on his family’s farms in Cuba. To this day, I can hear his voice speaking to me when I had done something to earn his praise and his respect: “Fenomenal, Guáimaro, Fenomenal”
 
 
AVAILABLE SIZES
  • Robusto: 5 x 52
  • Corona: 5 1/2 x 46
  • Torpedo: 6 x 54

Distribution, including importing and sales will be handled by a company called Pospiech Cigars. Pospiech Cigars is operated by Mike and Gregg Szczepankiewicz who also happen to own the retail shop CIGAR HUSTLER out of Deltona, Florida.

 

 
 
  • APPEARANCE

The Mexican San Andres wrapper is oozing with oil, light seam with notable tooth and vein. The wrapper is dark coffee bean in color with a wide open foot and a rounded triple cap. The cigar is in a corona format at 5 1/2 x 46 and is tightly packed with no blemishes or palpable soft spots.

The single band on the vitola is matte white with “GUAIMARO” in straight thin black font with a small symbol colored in red and blue. Pre light aroma was predominantly sweet with notes of toffee, milk chocolate and powdered cocoa. The cold draw produced flavors of coffee, leather and earth.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light there is an amazing aroma off the foot of cedar, very reminiscent of walking into a cigar lounge. Black pepper is immediate on the palate in full doses. Coffee, leather and bitter dark chocolate are producing rich sweet notes. Background flavors of sweet cedar and roasted nuts with nuances of mocha.

The black pepper hasn’t let up at all, producing spice on the lips and palate in between draws. The rich sweetness giving the vitola a long and full rich finish. The retro is producing an all out assault on the nostrils of clean white pepper evolving into flavors of mocha.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control black pepper is still prominent most notable in the throat area. Black coffee, leather and bitter dark chocolate have been up front and on point since first light. Raw walnuts, cocoa bean and dark chocolate are hitting the sweet element. Background flavors of citrus and root beer spices are balancing in keeping the Guaimaro full bodied and full flavored.

In between draws a dusting of black pepper notable on the lips and all areas of the palate are producing a spicy leather aftertaste. The retro is still producing full doses of white pepper evolving into flavors of nutty chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final duration the black pepper has remained full and consistent. Coffee, leather and bitter chocolate are the core flavors experienced throughout the entire duration. The nicotine off this powerhouse has got my head spinning, it’s everything you would expect coming out of Nica Sueño from a true genius master blender Esteban Disla.

The sweet flavors have amped up with dark chocolate, cocoa, salted caramel and mocha. A leathery ginger snap spice is notable on the lips and palate in between draws. The retro is producing full white pepper right through the nose evolving into flavors of coffee and chocolate.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction of the Guaimaro was solid! The tightly packed cigar burned razor sharp throughout the entire duration. I’ve smoked my fair share of product coming out of Nica Sueño and have never had construction issues on a single cigar. The ash was dark grey in color and held tight creating the look of a stack of dimes.

The draw had the perfect amount of resistance on the V cut producing a ton of thick white smoke. The strength of the Guaimaro was in the FULL bodied wheelhouse that produced a myriad of FULL bodied complex and balanced flavors, everything you would expect from a manufacturer that is producing some of the most sought after product in the industry.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Coffee
  • Black Coffee
  • Leather
  • Roasted Nuts/Raw Walnuts
  • Mocha
  • Bitter Dark Chocolate
  • Root Beer Spices
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Salted Carmel
  • Black Pepper/Full
  • Full White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Nutty Chocolate/Coffee

 


Cigars for review: Purchased from CIGAR HUSTLER

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 93

Size: 5 1/2 x 46 (Corona)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés

Binder: Brazilian Arapiraca Castaño

Filler: Dominican Republic/Nicaragua

News source: CIGAR COOP

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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