When Christian Eiroa sold Camacho cigars to Davidoff, most knew it was only a matter of time until he came back into the cigar business. Last year he did just that, introducing Tabacalera Unidas to the world, a company that works with many partners to bring several lines to the market. The CLE portion of the company is where Christian releases his products, with the brand bearing his initials. Christian’s family has been in the business for nearly 100 years and the CLE bearing his initials is just one of the ways he pays tribute to that heritage. Still based in Honduras which was long the home for Camacho, Christian is back and using some familiar tobacco for this release, specifically corojo wrapper, something he made much use of in his previous lines. Coming in 4 sizes, today we will be smoking the trademark 11/18 size in the CLE Corojo.
Size: 11/18 6 x 48-54-48
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Price: $6.50/stick or $146.95/box of 25
Appearance: The CLE Corojo 11/18 is a beautifully rolled cigar, nearly seamless in appearance with a cocoa brown colored wrapper. I have always been a fan of the 11/18 looks wise, with its slight taper from the middle outward, it is unique and subtle in appearance but very elegant when you really look at it. There are 2 small veins running the length of the cigar though they don’t appear to be in anyway intrusive. The band is simple in design, a dark gray, almost black, color with silver high gloss lining with CLE and Corojo in the same silver gloss.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the CLE Corojo has a strong aroma of barnyard and earth when put to the nose with a slight hickory wood note coming through the finish. The wrapper smells of tobacco, sweet and a little spicy, though not heavy in it’s aroma. Once clipped, the CLE Corojo is simple in taste, sweet tobacco with some spice present on the back end. Being a Honduran puro, I’m not surprised by the heavy tobacco scents and flavors from both the aroma and draw, I find it to be pretty typical of blends using a lot of Honduran tobacco.
The start of the CLE Corojo is earthy with a slight amount of sweet spice, like cinnamon, on the finish. Through the nose the cigar is more peppery in spice with a nice leather flavor coming through as well. The earthiness is very upfront and flavorful and pairs very nicely with the cinnamon spice. The burn line is sharp and even through the first third with the ash holding for nearly an inch. Towards the end of the first third the cigar takes a sweeter turn though it isn’t a flavor I can quite put my finger on right away. The way it mingles with the earthiness is quite nice and leaves me hoping it develops further once into the 2nd third.
As I had hoped, the sweetness that started to creep in towards the end of the first third comes to the full front of the palate. It is a sweet powdered cocoa flavor that adds a nice creaminess to the profile of the CLE Corojo and mixes well with the earthiness that still sits at the back of the palate. The cocoa also comes into play through the nose though not nearly as heavy as on the palate while the peppery spice remains as well. The burn line continues to be sharp and on point and the ash remains solid through this third. With this being the thickest part of the cigar it doesn’t surprise me how big the flavor change was, lessening the impact of the wrapper on the flavor and allowing the ash to become more solid.
The final third of the CLE Corojo sees the creamy cocoa flavor all but disappear while the earthiness comes back in spades. The spice remains on the finish and becomes even stronger through the nose, though not overpowering by any means. The burn line remained even all the way through the stick and the ash was strong for almost an inch each time I knocked it off. The construction was flawless on the CLE Corojo, very impressive throughout. Overall this may not be the most complex cigar but the flavors are abundant and create a great profile for the palate to enjoy. If this is the direction Christian is looking to go with his CLE then he is on the right track and gives me big hope for what the future brings.