“This cigar represents a grand slam home run for C.L.E. Cigar Company. It is not only the company’s best release to date, but it is easily a cigar that ranks in the upper echelon of releases made by Christian Eiroa to date.”
Wrapper: Honduran Colorado
Country of Origin: Honduras (El Aladino)
Robusto: 50 x 5
Review: EIROA The First 20 Years Colorado 50 x 5
Brand Appearances on Countdown: 3 (2012, 2013, 2017)
The 2017 Cigar of the Year is the EIROA The First 20 Years Colorado 50 x 5 by C.L.E. Cigar Company.
The EIROA First 20 Years Colorado is the fourth blend under C.L.E.’s EIROA brand. It is also the second blend to carry the EIROA First 20 Years name, a line that commemorates C.L.E. Cigar Company founder Christian Eiroa’s 20 years in the tobacco business. Eiroa had always sought to create a blend with a specific shade of Colorado (reddish hue) wrapper in mind. The EIROA First 20 Years Colorado represents the end product of incorporating that wrapper into a Honduran puro blend which contains the Authentic Corojo grown on the Eiroa family tobacco farms.
There are four box-pressed sizes in the EIROA First 20 Years Colorado line. It was the 50 x 5 Robusto size that really stood out in this line.
This is the third time that C.L.E. Cigar Company has landed on the Cigar Coop Countdown, and its the second time an EIROA branded cigar has landed on the Countdown. The EIROA First 20 Years Colorado becomes the second cigar out of Honduras to win the Cigar Coop Cigar of the Year Award. It is also the first Honduran puro to capture our #1 Cigar of the Year.
The EIROA First 20 Years Colorado 50 x 5 is a medium strength, medium-bodied cigar, but it gives new meaning to the word flavor bomb. This is a cigar that is going to deliver notes of natural tobacco, baker’s spice, cedar, earth, and black pepper. There even is hint of exotic spice on the retro-hale. These flavors change up nicely along the way and have a nice synergy between them. This is a cigar that also balanced the sweetness and spice perfectly. Finally, this is a cigar that has continued to get better with age.
It was a year of great cigars, but in the end, it was the EIROA First 20 Years Colorado that tops the Box Worthy Thirty.
For details of the 2017 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2017 criteria.
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