The Wynwood Art District of Miami, Florida is the home of a new cigar factory aptly called Wynwood Cigars. Part of the Tobacos Unidas family which also includes CLE, Eiroa, and Asylum cigars, Wynwood is a partnership between former Camacho head Christian Eiroa and Robert Caldwell. The factory is very unique in this business for a couple of reasons, most specifically because it also doubles as an art exhibit for artists local to the area. A suburb of Miami, Wynwood has just recently become what it is today, a vibrant community of art studios and shops and destination location for those visiting the Miami area. The cigar factory employs 13 rollers to roll the Factory Fresh cigar, a fresh idea to the cigar business. When we order the 3 lines of Factory Fresh, we are sent a ship date and the cigars are rolled, banded, packaged and shipped all on that ship date. We typically receive them within 2-3 days and are able to provide to you, our customers, a cigar fresh from the rolling table. The tobacco’s used in each blend are aged many years individually, however they are not aged after they are rolled, something you don’t see in this industry. Each box comes with a roll date and the blend information printed on it and each box lid is adorned with the art of a local Wynwood area artist. Today we will be reviewing the La Granada blend, 1 of 3 Factory Fresh blends, in the corona size.
Size: Corona 5 1/2 x 46
Filler: 20% Habano, 10% Pele de Oro, and 70% undisclosed Ligero
Price: $9.95/stick or $219.95/box of 25
Appearance: The Wynwood Factory Fresh La Granada comes without cellophane but does have a maroon foot band to protect the foot of the cigar. The wrapper is a light cocoa brown with some minimal veins running the length of the stick. Toothy and somewhat oily, the wrapper is fairly smooth to the touch and while soft, isn’t overly spongy when squeezed. The main band on the cigar is very interesting, featuring a woman wearing a rabbit costume piece on her head while smoking a cigar, a copy of a piece of art from one of the local Wynwood artists. The color scheme is brown and white mainly, with some black and gold foil trim and some splatters of red to match the foot band. It is a very interesting band design, definitely different and somewhat eye-catching.
Pre-Light Aroma: The pre-light sniff of the foot brings a blast of spice to the nose creating quite a tickle in the nose right off the bat. Behind the spice, the Wynwood Factory Fresh La Granada is earthy, somewhat sweet, with a cedar and leather core. The wrapper is much less distinct in the aroma department, giving off a very minimal earth scent. Once cut, the cigar provides a grassy taste on the draw with the spice from the nose coming through on the back of the throat. The draw is light and easy without much resistance as well, a good sign before the cigar is even lit. Let’s get to smoking this little beauty shall we?
The Wynwood Facotry Fresh La Granada starts off with a heavy dose of bell pepper tasting spice. It was so distinct to me I had to do a double take as I don’t recall ever really tasting that kind of flavor before. It wasn’t peppery hot spice like a black or white pepper, but a sweet bell pepper spice. Not far in the spice settles and a nice leathery and almond flavor comes to the forefront with the spice lingering in the background. Through the nose the cigar is earthy with a cinnamon like sweetness. Strength wise, this La Granada started at the medium-full range and I anticipate it will continue to get stronger with the heavy dose of ligero in the filler. The ash is light and only holds for about 1/2 an inch before falling but the burn line is straight as an arrow. The smoke is thick in the mouth and coats the palate nicely while the resting aroma is very woodsy as it fills the area.
Into the second third of the Factory Fresh La Granada, the spice has died down considerably while the sweet earthy notes have really started to shine. There is a slight creaminess to the smoke along with the leather and nuttiness that have really stepped up at this point. The strength has hit the full bodied mark now as well, definitely closer to what I expected when seeing the blend info on the box. The age of the tobacco’s is evident with how smooth each puff of smoke is, though the flavors haven’t quite come together quite like you might expect because of the lack of age from the rolling table. The burn line stays straight through this portion though the ash is still not reliably strong so I continue to ash around the half inch point to ensure my shirt stays clean.
The final third brings back a peppery spice, though not nearly as distinctive as in the initial few puffs. This is more of a black pepper type spice over a nice cedar sweetness. The strength continues to the end at the full bodied mark. What I love most about this cigar when smoking it fresh is the heavier flavors though I think with some age they will meld together a little better and create a more nuanced smoking experience. When they are as fresh as this stick was the oils that bring the flavors haven’t had a chance to come together so it can be a bit overwhelming from puff to puff with some of the flavor changes. Once they have had some time to rest in your humidor, it would be interesting to see how they have come together. Overall I really enjoyed the flavors of this stick fresh, though I have always enjoyed the experience of a fresh rolled cigar. Some people really enjoy a fresh cigar while others definitely want them to have some time to age. The best part of this stick is you can get them fresh, try them now, and if you prefer, let them sit for some time and periodically try them to fit your personal taste.