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Cigar Review: Casa Favilli Limited Pre-Release

Toar Campbell

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

Casa Favilli Limited Pre-Release

 

 

 

Casa Favilli is the third core line cigar in the Mombacho Cigars portfolio and continues the company’s tradition of producing 100% Nicaraguan puros.

The blend consists of a Nicaraguan Broadleaf wrapper with binder and filler tobaccos from Jalapa and Condega.

The cigar is named in honor of the Mombacho Cigars factory in Granada, Nicaragua.

The initial limited pre-release of Casa Favilli will consist of approximately 150 boxes of each vitola and will shipped to retailers during the first week of December. The cigar will be in regular production starting in 2019.

 

 

 

“Casa Favilli is very special to me,” said Claudio Sgroi, President and Master Blender of Mombacho Cigars.

“This cigar is the first ever Nicaraguan Broadleaf in the industry.

I am proud to say we have done something truly unique.”

 

 

 

Casa Favilli will be available in three sizes:

  • Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Toro: 6 x 52
  • Torpedo: 5 ½ x 52

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Nicaraguan Broadleaf wrapper is almond in color with heavy tooth and vein.

At 5 x 50 it’s rolled in the Robusto format with a wide open foot and triple rounded cap.

Two bands sit on the cigar, the primary band has the Mombacho volcano and “MOMBACHO” in gold font on a light yellow cream colored background.

Along the sides read “Casa Favilli” and “Granada Nicaragua” in gold cursive.

The secondary band has gold accents and reads the name of the vitola “CASA FAVILLI” in raised gold font with smaller verbiage on both sides.

Pre-light aroma had notes of heavy chocolate, malt and cream.

The cold draw produced flavors of maple, vanilla bean and floral.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

A distinct sweet aroma of chocolate and sweet cedar off the toasted foot.

Initial flavors of cedar char with a hint of raw walnuts.

Once the blend settles in a subtle sweetness of raw dark chocolate, rich cedar and maple.

Background flavors of assorted nuts balance in with light black pepper.

MED white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of molasses.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half core flavors of raw dark chocolate, cedar and brown sugar with an appearance of roasted coffee.

The background profile remains consistent with assorted roasted nuts and a sweetness of molasses.

Any identifiable black pepper noted at first light has disappeared, however the vitola remains MED bodied with white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of rich maple.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third consistent core flavors of raw dark chocolate, cedar and roasted coffee with a brown sugar sweetness have been up front and on point since first light.

The background profile hasn’t changed a bit. Assorted roasted nuts and molasses are giving the Casa Favilli a distinct profile of balanced sweetness sans spice.

MED white pepper on the retro evolving into a long finish of burnt maple.

 

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction on the Casa Favilli. Two examples had heavy vein with no palpable soft spots, cracks or inconsistencies. When I think of Broadleaf wrapper the first thought that comes to mind is “Thick” the Nicaraguan Broadleaf seemed thin and was apparent when v-cutting was almost effortless.

 

• BURN: The burn line was straight producing a thick black carbon line with continuous consistent combustion of all three components of wrapper, binder and filler.

 

• ASH: Grayish Black in color, the ash held about a half an inch then fell off.

 

• CUT: Effortless V-cut on all three examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: Slightly more resistance than a milkshake type draw with adequate smoke output.

 

• RE LIGHTS: Zero re-lights during active smoking.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MEDIUM bodied.

 

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The Casa Favilli is a much lighter offering than what you would expect from Mombacho.

In all three examples smoked for review any detectable spicy component other than white pepper on the retro-hale virtually disappeared in the second half.

In the MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse it produced a FULL array of flavors with a consistent underlying sweetness that made the Casa Favilli a completely different cigar in the Mombacho portfolio.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Casa Favilli Robusto from Mombacho Cigars

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 90

Size: 5 x 50 Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega

Master Blender: Claudio Sgroi

Factory: Casa Favilli, Granada Nicaragua

News source: Mombacho cigars press release

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

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