#26 2023 Cigar of the Year: Casa Cuevas Sangre Nueva Double Perfecto


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cameroon
Binder: Honduran Corojo
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Kentucky Fire Cured
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Las Lavas
Double Perfecto: 6 x 58
Price: $14.75

Sponsor: Yes
Samples Provided for Initial Review: Yes
Review: Casa Cuevas Sangre Nueva Double Perfecto (4/7/23)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Company): 2 (2018, 2020, 2023)

The Details

The #26 2023 Cigar of the Year is the Casa Cuevas Sangre Nueva Double Perfecto. This was a cigar line that was spearheaded by Alec Cuevas, who now is the company’s Director of Brand Development. Alec would become the fifth generation of the Cuevas family to be in the cigar business. He would join his grandfather and father, Luis Cuevas Sr. and Luis Cuevas Jr., respectively. The name for the cigar represents “new blood” in Casa Cuevas.

The blend for the Casa Cuevas Sangre Nueva is not your cookie-cutter blend. As mentioned, the wrapper is a Cameroon wrapper that was grown in Ecuador. The binder is Honduran Corojo.  The fillers come from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and the U.S. This includes Pennsylvania Broadleaf and a small amount of Kentucky Fire Cured. The Double Perfecto measures 6 x 58. It’s the first perfecto in the Casa Cuevas portfolio. Sangre Nueva is also a regular production cigar. Production comes from the Cuevas family’s Las Lavas factory in the Dominican Republic.

Casa Cuevas Sangre Nueva Double Perfecto

As unique as the blend is, this is also reflected in the flavor profile. The Casa Cuevas Sangre Nueva delivered a mix of earth, natural tobacco, classic wood, mesquite, BBQ, pepper, and cream. The flavors were medium-bodied, countered by medium-strength.

For Casa Cuevas, this is the third appearance on the Countdown. The company also had appearances in 2018 and 2023. It’s also the third Dominican-made cigar to land on the 2023 Countdown.