Today we take a look at the new CLE Plus from Christian Eiroa. This particular stick was gifted to me by a reader. It is a big honker. I’ve had it sitting in my humidor for two months.
A total of 52,000 cigars are made per year.
There are 4 sizes: 5 x 50, 4 x 48, 6 x 70, and 6 x 54.
It is a nice looking stick with a very reddish brown wrapper with fairly tight seams, lots of veins, some faint oiliness but mostly a matte finish, feels slightly toothy, and has a perfect triple cap.
I clip the cap and find aromas of brown sugar, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, rich earthiness, and fruity sweetness.
Time to light up.
First puffs are woody, fruity sweet, earthy, nutty, lots of vanilla bean, and brown sugar.
I like Eiroa products but to be honest, I was hesitant to review a stick this large.
The earthiness character now leads the pack. There is almost no spiciness. According to Eiroa, this cigar is supposed to be his most powerful cigar. Maybe it just needs some time to burn down a bit. A really good high premium would have blasted me out of my seat in the first couple of minutes.
So far, this seems like your ordinary $6 stick. Like a Torano cigar.
I’ve been made to eat my words about big sticks not having that oomph. The Punch Uppercut is the same size and it was an incredible cigar from the get go. And it got a lot less than 2 months in my humidor.
The cigar’s flavors are turning blah. Just like the last two. What does this tell me? That Eiroa went old school on this blend. Meaning it needs 6 months of humidor time before it blossoms. Why would he do that?
Maybe that is why there isn’t much word on the street about this cigar.
I taste that hay/barnyard flavor that is off putting. If the cigar doesn’t markedly improve by the beginning of the second half, I am flushing it.
Eiroa’s other cigars did not need months and months of humidor time. I liked the Eiroa CBT Maduro, the Eiroa, I loved the CLE Corojo and I didn’t like the CLE Cuarenta. I like the Asylum series. And the Wynwood Honduras is a so so cigar. A cheap bundle cigar.
So consistency seems to be the issue with Mr. Eiroa.
Flavors are struggling to get over that hump of hay and a little bit of red pepper.
With 1-1/2” burned, the entire cigar from the foot to the cigar band becomes soft as a sponge. I can nearly flatten it with two fingers.
Granted, I took it outside to take a couple photos but that took less than a minute each time. It is getting ready to rain and the humidity is high. But not that high.
Flavors begin to emerge but it can’t shake that hay/barnyard element. The spice becomes a tongue burner. If this is what Eiroa meant by the CLE Plus being his punchier cigar, he should have focused on the flavors rather than the red pepper.
I have been drooling over a couple of these cigars for two months now. But I showed discipline. And what is my reward? A pepper bomb.
The char line is dreary but I am not going to fix and instead, see where it goes.
It is bitter now. Oh for chrissakes. Anyone out there have a positive experience with this $8 cigar?
At this point, I believe the cigar should be put into the $3 bin. No disrespect to the good $3 cigars out there.
I am nearing the halfway point and nothing is happening. This is an official dog turd.
Clearly, the size and the blend require an extended stay at the humidor hotel. And my two months is insufficient.
Same thing happened with the CLE Cuarenta.
Eiroa’s original Camacho line was something to be proud of until he left and Davidoff fucked it all up.
Other blenders who split from their original companies have gone on to shame their old companies by producing incredible cigar blends.
I could list them but the list is long.
Eddie Ortega gave me the new Ortega Serie D Black to do a pre-release review back in April and we all expected it to debut at last month’s IPCPR trade show but I haven’t heard a peep about it. He must have gone back to the drawing board with it.
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