A few weeks ago I received three lovely torpedos from Yvette at Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars, and if it sounds like I start every review like this it’s because I like to let new arrivals rest a few weeks in the humidor before sampling them. I think it’s especially important when I only have one example to give it the best possible chance of performing well. There have been cigars I had several of that I smoked shortly after receiving and I knew upon smoking that they needed more time. People are kind enough to share their precious babies with me, they deserve to me treated well. Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez are the twin sisters behind the brand, they are first generation Cuban-Americans, and are passionate about cigars. The three cigars are the La Clarita, La Mulata and La Negrita, the Conecticut, Habano and Maduro respectively. I bet you can’t guess which one I started with! Monday I lit up the Maduro wrapped La Negrita, a 6½ x 52 torpedo with a beautiful dark, oily wrapper. All the cigars are made in Esteli, with Nicaraguan binders and fillers. The La Negrita was an excellent cigar, heavy flavors of espresso and dark chocolate, exactly what I love. I couldn’t not smoke this one first, and I was so glad I did, although that often leads to disappointment down the road (it didn’t). Great cigar.
Tuesday I smoked the Habanos wrapped La Mulata torpedo. The best I can tell, this one is a Nicaraguan Puro (the Maduro might be too, the information I got didn’t specify), it was medium to full-bodied and loaded with sweet earthy flavors. While the La Negrita had a draw that I would consider perfect, just a bit of resistance, the La Mulata had a very free draw, it’s fortunate that I snipped only a little bit off the perfect torpedo head. This small opening eventually let to a bit of tar ooze, which I snipped off before I got any of the nastiness on my lips, which can run the rest of the cigar experience. Still, this was a very nice smoke.
Tonight I lit up the Ecuador Connecticut La Clarita. Shade wrapped cigars can go a couple different directions, they can be really good, or mild and flavorless. This example is anything but the later, it was full flavored and medium bodied. It had that nutty flavor that generally comes with the Ecuador Connecticut wrapper, probably my second favorite of the set. It had a very open draw like the La Mulata, it would have been very easy to over smoke it and make a hot, nasty mess, but I smoked it gently and got a great, tasty smoking experience. It was very well-balanced and flavorful, I liked it quite a bit.
All three were well made, flavorful and satisfying to smoke. These may be hard to find, but while there isn’t a great deal of information about the cigars on the Tres Lindas Cubanas website, there is a list of retailers who carry these cigars and they are available for sale on the website. Keep up the good work, Yvette and Yvonne, and thank you for sharing the fruits of your labor with me!
That’s if for now, until the next time,