Christian Eiroa is proud of his family’s heritage in the cigar industry, dating back to before the Cuban Revolution as tobacco growers. His family has a long tradition of creating superb tobacco and cigars, a lineage he wanted to celebrate when he launched Tabacalera Unidas last year to much fanfare. Getting his new company off the ground with a solid foothold was the priority when he first started, but once that was settled he was able to begin the process of finding the cigar he felt was right to bare the Eiroa family name. He went back to his roots, finding the perfect Honduran tobaccos to make up this very personal blend and create a cigar that he is proud to have his family’s name on. Coming in 4 sizes all packed in 10 count boxes, each box features a leather ribbon around it. The leather ribbon tied around the box is exactly how his grandfather used to keep his cigar boxes at the foot of his bed, a memory Christian never forgot. With all of that said, let’s get to the reason for this whole post, the Eiroa cigar itself.
Size: Toro 6 x 54
Price: $10.95/stick or $97.95/box of 10
Appearance: The wrapper that adorns the Eiroa is a caramel brown color and as smooth as any wrapper I can ever recall seeing/feeling. It has a velvety feel when running your fingers over it. There are no major veins and the cigar is firm but not hard when gently squeezed. The triple cap is applied neatly and while the seams are somewhat noticeable, they are flat and the construction is flawless. The band is a somewhat simple design with black, red, and gold being the featured color scheme. There is a slight texture to the band helping it to glisten in the right light, with the Eiroa brand name in gold along with the term Salud Amor Pesetas, meaning “Health, Love and Money”. The saying is meant to celebrate the things many felt were the key to happiness in Christian’s grandfather’s days. The band is circular in design with a black outline and gold border circling the saying in gold with a red background.
Pre-Light Aroma: The Eiroa features a slight sweetness on the foot with a nutty like finish to the nose. The wrapper is much less distinct in it’s scent, just a light earthy aroma with nothing of note standing out. I use a straight cut as usual and test the draw, which has just the right amount of resistance for my tastes, with a delicious pecan flavor dominating the dry-draw, while a slight white pepper spice sits at the back of the tongue. The lips are left with a sweet tobacco taste as the pecan flavor lingers on the tongue.
Upon lighting the Eiroa, your taste buds are met with a wonderful almond and pecan flavor that lingers on the palate for what seems like eternity between puffs. There is a slight spice at the back of the throat area, more sweet than spicy, creating a delightful dichotomy of flavors in the mouth. Through the nose the spice comes through in a much bigger way and in a spicier tone with an additional earthy component making itself known. The Eiroa is a solid medium strength right off the bat and sticking to that through the first third. The burn line is straight as can be and the ash holds strong for the entirety of the first third, a great testament to the solid construction of this stick.
The middle of the Eiroa steps up in the strength department, though not quite making the truly full bodied mark, though easily making medium-plus. The flavors have taken on a more earthy tone with notes of leather coming forward while the almond begins settling on the finish and back of the tongue. The nose remains spicier in flavor, holding true to how it started, allowing for a nice change when retrohaling every 5 or 6 puffs. The burn line remains fairly even, wavering just a small amount but still nothing that needs a touch up. The ash flakes a bit in this third but overall holds again through the entire portion, nearly 2 inches before I tap it off.
The final third hits the crescendo of flavors in the Eiroa, with the nuttiness and earth tones coming through in spades and the addition of a sweet tea leaf like flavor mixing in every 3-4 puffs. The flavors aren’t battling to take over, rather they are each taking their turn at the forefront and allowing each it’s part at center stage. Strength finishes at a solid medium-full, never overpowering, a great balance between flavor and strength. The construction of this product was absolutely top-notch, the ash held strong throughout and the burn line was as straight as you can ask for. Christian was looking for a hallmark cigar that was worthy of the family name and he absolutely nailed it with this release. While this isn’t a limited edition cigar, it is a limited production release, with Christian stating the factory rolls around 2000 cigars a day. Overall, this may be Christian’s best release to date and one that everyone should check out as it is a strong contender for Cigar of the Year. If you would like to purchase the Eiroa, you can contact us at 800-669-7167 or click here.