The Casa Cuevas brand entered the premium cigar landscape back in 2017. I reviewed their Reserva Maduro a few years ago but other than that enjoyable cigar I can’t recall smoking any of their other offerings… which isn’t really a big deal as I don’t remember a lot of things. Hey, don’t judge, I host a drinking podcast! Anyhoo, here we go..
Size: 5 x 54 (robusto gordo)
Wrapper: Honduran corojo
Binder: Ecuadorian habano
Filler: Peruvian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican
Price: $10.50 (while these samples were provided to us by the manufacturer, please remember when purchasing some fine premium cigars from FamousSmokeShop.com to use your new favorite promo code TNCC20 at checkout where it will knock $20 off your purchase of $100 or more)
The Patrimonio showcases a beautiful, golden brown Honduran wrapper. There is a strong floral aroma present with just a slight smell of cedar when sniffing the foot of the cigar directly. I detect the desired amount of give when squeezing the body of the cigar between two fingers.
Gentle honey and cedar are immediately recognized on the cold draw after clipping the cap. A very pronounced white pepper spice immediate tingles the nostrils upon ignition, while woodsy cedar and light coffee are both present via the draw. The rertrohale’s spice is medium-to-strong here early on. A creaminess soon joins the coffee and cedar through the draw around the one inch mark. Construction has been great so far with a smooth draw, straight burn line, and the Patrimonio is holding its solid ash light grey ash like a champ. The spice’s strength downshifts towards the end of the first third.
The decrease in strength has now allowed the coffee and cream flavors to shine with the cedar (draw) and a faint butter note (retro) floating underneath the surface of it all. Smoke production is copious here in the second third and the aroma pouring from the Patrimonio is somewhat floral in nature and quite nice. The ash drops just before the fifty yard line as the overall construction continues to impress.
I can’t explain why I think the Patrimonio would pair wonderfully with a Long Island Ice Tea, maybe I’m just currently craving a Long Island which is nothing new, but I believe as a pairing beverage it wold work extremely well. The cigar’s profile is very smooth now entering the final third, with the coffee/cream/cedar medley gelling nicely with the muted pepper and butter components still highly pronounced on the retrohale. In the last inch, a touch of characteristic Nicaraguan mineral develops quickly through the nose and the white pepper’s spice elevates in strength to medium territory where it remained until the very end.
The Casa Cuevas Patrimonio impressed me on several levels throughout its 68 minute duration. The fluctuations in strength combined with the plentiful and easily distinguishable flavors that arose throughout the smoking experience really helped the cigar stand out. Construction was great as well from start to finish with a straight burn, smooth draw, and a strong ash. I just wish that I had one more Patrimonio to smoke while enjoying a Long Island Ice Tea later on this Monday afternoon which is definitely happening… again, don’t judge me, I host drinking podcast!