I’ve been hearing about Capadura for some time now but, I finally had the opportunity to meet Ruth Batista and her business partner, Juanny Dominguez this past August at the IPCPR.
The cigars I sampled for this review were purchased a recent event Ruth put on at Smokers Den in Clearwater, FL.
The Capadura line of cigars comes in 4 blends: 808, 848, 898 and 898 Extra Ligero. Each blend is available in 4 sizes that are presented in boxes of 25: Robusto (50 x 5), Churchill (48 x 7), Torpedo (52 x 6 ½) and Jumbo (60 x 5 ½). In this post, I’ll be reviewing the 898 Extra Ligero Churchill, with reviews on the other blends at a later date.
The cigars are manufactured by Tabacos Don Esteban in the Dominican Republic. The 898 Extra Ligero blend consists of an Arapiraca Campesino wrapper leaf from Brazil, a Piloto Cubano, La Canela binder from the Dominican Republic and a four tobacco filler blend of Piloto Cubano from Navarete, DR and Esteli, Nicaragua.
The cigar has three distinct bands, the main Capadura band near the cap, an Extra Ligero band in the center and a 898 Series band at the foot.
The Arapiraca wrapper is medium brown in color and has some small perceptible veins. The wrapper leaf gives off a mild tobacco scent while the foot has a strong earthy / sweet aroma. The body of the cigar feels firm to the touch with no soft spots and just the right amount of give at the foot.
The cap cut cleanly with my trusty Xikar. The pre-light draw was firm and I found a sweet raisin flavor from the filer along with a savory tobacco taste on the wrapper.
Once lit, the cigar produced a good amount of smoke volume. The smoke was smooth and coated the palate. The light gray ash was firm and dropped for the first time around the 2 inch mark. The cigar burned evenly though out the one hour smoke time.
At first there was a mild spice sensation on the exhale that picked up gradually in the final third of the cigar. The aroma coming off the burning cigar smelled like a toasty tobacco scent to me.
The flavor profile was pretty consistent on this cigar with the only changes coming in strength and body. The cigar starts off a little on the mild side and gains both body and strength as you go along. As far as distinct flavors, I picked up on woody tobacco, some cedar, sweetness and subtle coffee notes. The finish lingered and had a slight bitterness to it.
I would consider the Capadura 898 Extra Ligero to be a medium strength, full bodied smoke. The cigars retail in the $6 to $7 a stick range here in Florida, which I think is a great price point.
I’ve enjoyed the 898 Extra Ligero’s I have smoked. I have already recommended the brand to friends and would not hesitate to recommend them again.