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Eden – a clear havana

Heiko Blumentritt January 11, 2013 , ,
Eden - clear havana
Overall Score
4.5

Look & Feel

Construction

Aroma

Burn

Price

Before I start to fire up and take my notes, let me give you some background info from my friend Bill who was my Kris Kringle / Secret Santa…

It was made in a Tampa factory called Calixto Lopez in 1944. Eden cigars were originally a Cuban brand and there was a Calixto Lopez factory built in Havana in 1850. In 1908, Calixto Lopez was located at this time in New York, they moved the factory to West Tampa.

This cigar has a RG of app. 38, a length of app. 125 mm which makes it very close to the size of a Mareva… but it´s not really a Parejo shape because the tip is like of a Perfecto. It´s in cellophane which´s labelled for a company in Wisconsin.

Now let´s talk about the pleasure to smoke that nearly 70 years old stick…

The wrapper has a slight shine and a very decent smell of tobacco and fermented green tea… the cellophane is really yellow…

The first puff… oh wow! What an intensive and fat, flavorful smoke… Tobacco, fermented green tea combined with the typical vintage flavor: mushrooms, old paper, wood and leather… What a start! What a flavor mix… and this mix was present over the first third of the cigar… really amazing!

Within the second third the vintage and tobacco flavor stepped a bit in the background and made space for some pronounced woodiness and intensive notes of white pepper. The mouthfeel is great, it feels like you could chew the smoke…

During the last third the tobacco aroma is back… even more intensive than in the beginning, paired with hints of wood and sawdust… the peppery notes are still present and won´t fade away until the very end which was reached after a smoking time of app. 80 minutes.

The draw was perfect all the time, the burn even… nothing to complain about this stick. I was really surprised about the intensity of the flavors which this cigar presented to me… 70 years old and still rocking! Thx again to Bill to give me the chance to try this stick! I highly appreciate it!

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5 Comments

  1. Cigar Palace January 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Great, never had that old cigar. But how was the body on the smoke,,,

    • Heiko Blumentritt January 11, 2013 at 7:36 am

      It was full-bodied, Ahmed… that was really a big surprise if you consider the age of this stick…

  2. Burak January 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Many thanks for sharing this amazing experience with us! I hope one day i have the chance of having one

    • Heiko Blumentritt January 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

      The biggest “Thank you” goes to Bill for giving me the chance to smoke that cigar…

  3. Professor Twain January 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Heiko you have done a really fine review here. To me, smoking these really old cigars sends me back in time and connects me with our cigar brothers from the past. These old cigars have unique flavors and your palate is sensitive enough to enjoy them. I’ve smoked 4-5 different brands from the pre 1950s era and each has a different flavor and plenty of power despite the many years of aging.

    I hope to have the chance to share some more of these Clear Havanas with my other cigar brothers.

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