Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Nicaraguan – Corojo ‘99
Filler: Nicaraguan – Hybrid Corojo, Criollo
Size: 5 x 50 “Robusto-Box Pressed”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $6.00
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Today we take a look at the Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro by Neil Rojas. The only online stores I found it at are Serious Cigars and Cigar Federation.

The cigar comes in 3 sizes; all box pressed:
Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 52
Gordo: 6 x 60

Rojas had success with the original Guayacan line and this is the follow up. Sabor de Esteli means “The flavor of Esteli.” The line is distributed by the House of Emilio.

The cigar comes in two wrapper types: Mexican San Andrés maduro and Ecuadorian Habano.

An additional corona size is being offered in limited supply of only 500 boxes.

First thing I would like to bring your attention to is the strange cigar band. It feels like old fashioned blotter paper. Then impressions were stamped into the paper and then colors layered on to the band as in silk screening. But it doesn’t really work very well as the letters bleed causing the whole thing to look out of focus. That should have been corrected very early on.

The Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro is light in the hand. This is not a jam packed cigar. It feels like lifting air. The construction is rustic a very mottled coffee bean colored wrapper. Lots of veins. Seams tight in some places and not so tight in others. The triple cap is just OK. The box press is a “soft” box press with rounded corners.

I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, cinnamon, cocoa, a green vegetal aroma at the foot, and that’s it.
Time to light up.

Right away, a piece of wrapper near the cap comes loose.

A big wallop of red pepper. Huge. The draw is perfect with loads of smoke filling the room.

Part of the cap comes off. I smoked one prior to the review and did not have this problem.

The spiciness begins to calm down to allow me to get in on the other flavors. There is a very woody element.

Cedar, cinnamon streusel cake, creaminess, chocolate, espresso, and dried fruit.

For a $6 cigar, it is quickly becoming very interesting.

But as you can see from Photo #3, the crack at the cap is turning vertically.
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And another night of storms and it is dark outside at 9am here in Milwaukee so I apologize for the shit photos.

I’ve had these sticks for close to a couple of weeks. I dry boxed them for 48 hours and then put them in a low humidity humidor. A few days of that and then I transferred them to my regular humidor in which the humidity is 68-69%.

I think the sticks arrived a bit dry. So dry boxing was the wrong thing to do only drying them out even more.
The flavors are very nice. Nothing to knock me off my chair. But then they just may be old school type of cigars. The Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro may need months and months of humidor time. Which is contrary to the original Guayacan Habano I reviewed here. It was popping and ready to go after two weeks.

I am reading my own review of the Guayacan Habano and it seems to be different cigar in make-up than this one.

The original is produced using the Entubado method. I could find nothing verifying that it was used in this blend. But one could assume it was. I also note that the cigar was jam packed, which this one is not.

This is lightly packed and a fast burner. I went through 1-1/4” in about 10 minutes.

The flavor profile: Creaminess, cocoa, cinnamon, spice, espresso, dried fruit, cedar, and a touch of leather is right out of the Cigars 101 flavor book. Nice, but nothing original.

I notice in the other review that Rojas used the same method for the cigar band as this cigar but it came off very nicely compared to the sloppy version on the Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro.

The second third begins after 15 minutes.

In photo #4, the clarity of the cigar band comes through. Mainly due to the lack of light shining on it. Any light on the band makes the letters bleed. Go figure.
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I gently snip the cap as it seems to be shredding. I hear a big crack. But I don’t see one.

I’m getting too much of a draw. Almost like sucking on a straw with a hole in it.

I applaud Rojas for keeping the price of his brand low, but the quality shouldn’t be. The Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro has been out for a while and I haven’t seen a single A List reviewer review it. Hmmm…

Clipping a small amount of cap caused the wrapper to come loose. I use my trusty cigar glue and fix it. I’m not having any luck with this cigar.
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I’m at the halfway mark after 20 minutes smoke time. The primary flavors are a big dose of creaminess and wood and leather. With a rich amount of earthiness.

The strength is classic medium body.

The cigar feels near weightless now. And the stick begins to get soft.

I had high hopes because of the original Guayacan. But the Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro takes the whole brand a step in the wrong direction.

It is a pleasant tasting cigar. But the construction issues put a real damper on the enjoyment level.

An orange citrus component begins. The flavors, what there are, become complex and the stick has a nice long finish. Rojas got the blend right and it stops there. The cap is so soft I am having trouble chomping on it due to the softness of the tobacco.

The last third begins after 30 minutes of smoke time. If the blender doesn’t take the time to make sure the cigar band is perfect; then it is a clue about what is to come.
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I clip the cap once more and thankfully, no cracks are heard.

But I am so disheartened by the Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro, that I don’t care if I finish it or not.

I’d rather spend a buck or two more and get a solid cigar than pay this price point and get something inferior. The lack of tobacco in this cigar is a huge let down.

I’m trying to figure out what went wrong with this blend. Is it just laziness? I grab the other three cigars and they are all the same; light in the loafers so to speak. I’m glad I have a 5 pack so I have something to compare the review cigar to.

Harshness and bitterness appear with 1-1/2” to go.

I’m done.

I definitely don’t recommend the Guayacan Sabor de Esteli Maduro. If Rojas doesn’t redeem himself with his next blend, he may be in trouble.
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ADDENDUM 9-21-14:
I have smoked the entire 5 pack. The flavors have improved immensely. But each and every cigar had burn issues that made the experience very frustrating. So while I approve of the cigar’s flavor profile, I still cannot recommend this cigar based on poor construction.

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2 replies

  1. Hello Katman: First time commenting on your very informative reviews and humorous anecdotes.. I have taken your advice on purchasing cigars from various online retailers and have had great service-especially from SBC! These maduro Sabors are still in my humidor- I think I will let them rest for a time based on your review. Keep up the fight, and thanks for all your pertinent info.. I smoke ” tons of cigars” per week and,like you, have to watch the budget! Your reviews are simply mandatory IMHO! Regards, Russ

  2. That story about the cop and beer was funny as hell