Size: 4.75 x 52 “Robusto”
Price: $9.00 MSRP ($8.30 at Small Batch Cigar)
There is damn near a library of information about the company and the cigar. And if you are not a cigar insider; like me, I find that plethora of bios, information, background, etc. a bit dry and uninteresting when we are here to see if a cigar is worth smoking.
The two reviewers I respect the most both went into great detail about the cigar’s background. But then one does claim to be the cigar industry’s leading source of news and information. And the other doesn’t claim it but does just as good a job.
First, the word “Regius” means King in Latin. But you probably already knew that. The cigar company is based out of London and been around since 2009. Just a couple years ago, they teamed up with Manuel Quesada to import and distribute their cigars to America.
The Orchant made its debut at the 2013 IPCPR trade show and released thereafter. Orchant comes from Michael Orchant who is sort of a mogul when it comes to owning cigar shops in the British Isles and the Continent.
Only 4000 cigars were released. The two words Arbiter Elegantiae means Judge of Elegance.
The stick is neither attractive nor unattractive. Actually, it looks very inexpensive…which it ain’t.
The wrapper colors, from stick to stick, have a very small variance. The color is primarily a mottled coffee bean. On one stick, the seams are invisible and the other; highly visible. It appears to have only a single or double cap. Not a triple cap. The stick is packed nicely without a single soft spot. The wrapper is oily with a bit of tooth. The main cigar band is simple and elegant. Meanwhile, the secondary band is atrocious. It looks like something you would see wrapping a Big Mac.
An almost gold aluminum chrome that will cause havoc with my shit camera. It certainly uglies up the appearance of the cigar.
I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, spice, herbal and floral notes, baking spice that includes cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of clove. A very nice impression.
Time to light up. (Once again it was a dark and stormy night and as a result, I must use the shit for crap sucky piece of shit douche bag flash on my camera. Two days in a row now. My apologies.)
Small Batch Cigar, where I think my anonymous donor bought these sticks for me, sells the Regius Limited Edition 2013 – Box of 10 for $83 plus free shipping. They also sell the Regius Culebra (5.75 x 39) LE 2013 – Box of 9 for $68. Both great prices.
Draw is excellent and begins with a very sweet taste. Honeysuckle because of the floral notes. There is an instant creaminess. Actually, it reminds me of Cream of Wheat cereal. There is a strong peanut element. Like fresh shucked peanuts at the ball park. Almost peanut butter in its intensity.
Then comes the blast of pepper. A nicely done red pepper. The strength almost meets the criteria for classic medium bodied. The creaminess so early in the smoke is a good sign.
Coffee signs up next. But not your everyday Folgers. No. This is a great cup of Joe. A very dark roast brimming with that 5 star restaurant quality.
Cedar shows up and rounds out the picture. This is obviously an aficionado’s cigar. One that should be savored and appreciated. No distractions. No nuttin’ honey. Just you and the cigar and maybe some Coltrane or Miles. In other words, this is a very sophisticated cigar.
There is already a deep complexity to this blend as I begin the second third. And while on the verge of flavor bomb status exudes a marvelous mixture and texturing of flavors. Wonderful balance.
My wonderful donor of this cigar gave me two of which I am forever grateful. So this is the first one I’ve smoked. He promised that all the sticks he sent me, each one had at least 3 weeks humidor time.
The strength hits medium body and then some.
Here are the flavors: Creaminess, spice, gourmet coffee, twanginess, earthiness, sweetness, graham cracker, peanuts, nougat, baking spice, cedar, and leather.
Just past the beginning of the second third, the cigar is a bona fide flavor bomb. But a most unique one. Of all the dearth of information about this company, they leave zip info on the leaf stats other than it is a Nic puro. I would really love to know the dirt (so to speak) on the leaves.
A new flavor hits the midway Ladies and Germs: Citrus. Mostly lemon but with a bit of candied orange peel. Sweet and tart. General Tso’s chicken.
In a whoosh, the strength hits medium full. And the spice gets down. I can’t feel the tip of my tongue…Uh-huh, that’s the way, that’s the way I like it..Uh-huh.
Back in the late 70’s, I joined a band for about 4 minutes. We practiced the first time with me at the leader’s living room. Not a good sign. It was a big band with 2 chick singers and a horn section. The leader hands me the charts to a KC and the Sunshine Band tune and I put the chart down, put my bass in its case, and walk out the door never looking back. (They provided me a bass combo so I wouldn’t have to bring mine the first time.) I have never been nor will I be, a Disco Duck.
I’m getting a hint of vanilla bean which amplifies the creaminess and coffee.
The cigar is taking its time but it is way too fast for me. Such a delicious cigar and time is whizzing by too soon.
The balance could not be more perfect. The complexity raises the bar. And it has a wonderfully long chewy finish.
This is a kitchen sink, flavor cocktail.
The strength moves to full bodied.
It tastes like a French pastry covered jalapeno.
The stick is so chock full of flavors that it is hard to pick them apart. Especially, while typing. But once again, here they are: Creaminess, earthiness, peanuts, coffee, vanilla, citrus, orange peel, nougat, graham cracker, and leather. I think I would have to sit in a quiet room and with no distractions, really focus on what I’m tasting because I feel I am still missing part of the flavor profile. It is that magnificent.
I begin the last third.
The price point. Is it worth $9 retail? Yes. Is it worth Small Batch Cigar’s $8.30? Hell, yes! Insert the word leafenthusiast in the coupon code window when checking out and you will get another 10% of making the cigar $7.47. And with free shipping, that’s just damn crazy.
This cigar could easily rank in the double digit price range and no one would blink an eye. I couldn’t afford it but it would be worth it. At the moment, SBC still has 3 boxes of 10 left. Move, people, move. You won’t get a deal like this anywhere else.
If I had the dough, I’d snag all three boxes for me. None for you. Muwahaaaaa!
The creaminess and coffee and sweetness are something else. The strength is a smooth full body. Not overpowering and not a single sign of nicotine making this a perfect cigar for smokers that don’t like getting the spins and vomiting while they smoke a cigar.
I grab one of my meerschaum cigar holders which will act like a roach clip as I don’t want to miss out on any of this.
I originally bought a shit load of cigar holders when I was playing out and smoked while playing. Since some songs were very long, I would drool all over myself without the holder. Back then, a holder could be had for $8. Now they run around $20. Ebay is a good place to look. And the catch is that holders are made for specific ring gauges so you end up buying 5 or 6 of them. Meerschaum is the best instead of the aluminum ones because it doesn’t distract the flavor of the cigar. No metallic taste but they are very fragile and I’ve broken my share while playing out.
And since I like to step on my dick, the nicotine shows up just after writing there is none.
The really nice thing about a meerschaum cigar holder is that it retains flavors from previous cigars the same way a cast iron pan picks up the flavors of meat cooked in it earlier.
It also keeps the cap from getting soggy.
The cigar holder also has an added extra attraction of intensifying the flavor profile.
Hell yes, I recommend this cigar. Since this is such a limited cigar, you have to move quickly because I found no info saying more would be produced. Get ’em while they are hot. Small Batch Cigar.
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