Cigar Review: Sacra Folium Radix

Sacra Folium Radix








Sacra Folium Cigar Co. is the brain child of Matthew Airey, John Fable, Gary Podell, and Boris Grossman.  Being a multiple store Tobacconist in New York, we have been able to gain critical knowledge related to consumer trends and palate development.  

We knew that if we were able to make cigar blends that were unique in flavor, and refined in complexity while offering them at reasonable prices, than that’s what it would take for us to become successful in a very competitive industry.

The journey began with a dream to make a great cigars, then came the execution.  We consulted non other then Dion Giollito from Illusione, one of the most knowledgeable and honorable cigar makers in the industry.  

Dion suggested that we work with his factory in Honduras.  He said, and I quote “the Raices Cubanas factory has all the tobacco both from his farms and the Aganorsa farms of Casa Fernandez, to make world class cigars”.





Matthew Airey told CIGAR SMOKE, ” In my opinion the Radix is our strongest offering to date as in terms of flavor and body without the pepper blast. 

We are very happy with the construction from Raices, every cigar is packed full and firm to the touch and if you smoke it properly you can easily stretch this robusto out to a 2 hour smoke”.




  • 5 x 52 Robusto




The Nicaraguan wrapper is dark brown in color with a hint of Rosado in direct sun light. Rolled in the robusto format the vitola has a triple rounded cap with a wide open foot, notable seam, tooth and vein.

The primary band is sectioned in four squares, Turquoise on a glossy white background is an “S” and an “F” denoting the initials of the company. The lower left square has a pair of crossing skeleton keys. The upper left square is a turquoise sun with a silhouette of mountains on the lower portion in the same color.

Along the bottom of the band reads “RADIX” in solid white font on a glossy teal background. Along the back portion also reads “SACRA” “FOLIUM” in solid turquoise font on a glossy white background. Pre light aroma had notes of chocolate, coffee and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of oak, syrup and leather.





An aroma of creamy chocolate with cedar off the roasted foot. After combustion flavors of cedar char with a sweetness of brown sugar. The SF Radix starts off with a massive dose of dark chocolate, coffee and sweet cedar with a generous dose of glazed black pepper, most notable in between draws on the lips and front of the palate.

Background flavors of mild leather, roasted almonds and raw cinnamon. A continuous medium black pepper spice is present actively and passively creating an extra long finish. High doses of clean white pepper on the retro tapering off into flavors of chocolate syrup.

  • Cedar/Char
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chocolate/Dark
  • Coffee
  • Cedar/Sweet
  • Glazed Black Pepper




Entering cruise control burn flavors of both dark and milk chocolate are firing on all thrusters! Cocoa powder reminiscent of hot chocolate before you add milk is coming to mind. Accompanying flavors of coffee, sweet cedar and molasses with nuances of black licorice.

The spicy element is in the form of upper medium black pepper adding to the sweet and spicy finish. A long sting of clean white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of coffee grounds.

  • Chocolate/Dark/Milk
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coffee
  • Cedar/Sweet
  • Molasses
  • Licorice/Black
  • Black Pepper/Upper Medium




Heading into the final third I’m getting a mild dried meat nuance that’s very subtle. Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and raw cinnamon have been on point throughout with hints of roasted nuts, most notably roasted almonds with a glazed black pepper spice.

All flavors have been tasty, consistent and easily identifiable hitting every flavor of the chocolate spectrum imaginable with a perfect balance of upper level black pepper to the last. The retro is producing upper lever white pepper evolving into flavors of mocha and coffee grounds.

  • Dried Meat/Nuance
  • Coffee
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon/Raw
  • Roasted Nuts/Roasted Almonds
  • Black Pepper/Med/Glazed
  • White Pepper/Full on the retro evolving into flavors of Mocha and Coffee Grounds




CONSTRUCTION: This cigar is packed with tasty fillers, dense to the feel its a tank of a cigar. Excellent construction

BURN: Not straight enough to be razor sharp but pretty dam close

ASH: Salt and peppered colored ash that flowered a bit, solid holding to the inch point 

CUT: V cut all 3 examples

DRAW: Perfect resistance throughout producing copious amounts of thick white smoke


STRENGTH: Solid upper MEDIUM bodied taking you through the chocolate wheel spectrum of FULL flavors



Cigars for review provided by: Sacra Folium

Cigar smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Undisclosed

Filler: Undisclosed

Factory: Raices Cubanas

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
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