Wrapper: US Connecticut
Double Binder: Binder #1: Ecuadorian Connecticut / Binder #2 Undisclosed
Size: 6 x 52 “Toro”
Price: $8.60 (Get another 15% off at Brickell Cigar Co. Use coupon code: Katman15
Today we take a look at the new Dram Cigars for Whiskey – Cask No.1 Double Connecticut.
Dram Cigars for Whiskey is made in collaboration with Orleans Group International and C&C Cigars (Joe Chiusano).
They made their debut at the 2014 IPCPR trade show.
Thanks to Rene Castaneda of Orleans Group International for this information:
“Regarding the blends, we do not want to disclose the whole information.
“But I can share the following:
“All the blends have a double binder. The double binder amplifies the flavor of the cigar not the strength.”
Cask No. 1 Double Connecticut
Wrapper: US Connecticut
Binder No.1: Ecuadorian Connecticut
“Cask No.1 Double Connecticut – Smooth Connecticut with broad flavor in mild plus strength for lighter whiskies such as Glenmorangie, Balvenie Single Barrel, etc.”
Cask No.2 Double Corojo
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Binder No.1: Honduran Corojo
“Cask No.2 Double Corojo – Smooth flavorful Corojo made for woody whiskeys but bridges to citrus and caramel driven whiskeys in a medium strength.”
Cask No.3 Double Habano
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Binder No.1: Nicaraguan Habano
“Cask No.3 Double Habano – A medium plus spicy Habano for whiskeys and particularly bourbons that have more spice to them and also ties to smoky whiskeys.”
There is also a Cask No.4 that will be released soon.
“Cask No. 4 Double Binder Connecticut Broadleaf – A fuller body dark rich wrapper that highlights smoky, peaty and spicy heavier whiskies.”
The cigars, in all blends, come in these sizes and prices:
Robusto: 5 x 50 $8.20
Toro: 6 x 52 $8.60
Gigantor: 6 x 60 $9.50
Churchill: 7 x 50 $9.00
I want to thank the kind folks at Orleans Group for sending me samples for review that included a super cool travel humidor that says “Cask Sampler” on it; so I suppose this is how some samplers will be sold.
Now, I’m not a drinker. I used to drink in moderation. But not drinking runs in my small family. I don’t remember anyone drinking growing up. We have a strange metabolism in which a couple beers or cocktails and we just get sleepy and want to go to bed. Now how much fun is that?
But in the 90’s, I found a liking for whiskey to pair with my cigars. But there was a big downside to that. I would sit and watch the shopping
networks while drinking and smoking and buy up everything that looked cool. Like a 30 piece set of hunting knives made in China. And I don’t hunt. So I stopped drinking.
I will be telling you how the cigar tastes without comparison to its partnered whiskey. I realize this will be tricky as the whole point is how the cigar and the whisky complement each other. Last night as I smoked the Cask #1, I read that it has a citrusy flavor so I grabbed some orange juice and sipped while I smoked. It really brought out the flavors promised.
As expected, the Connecticut wrapper is semi-oily with some tooth to it. The stick itself is a bit rustic with exposed seams and lots of veins. But the triple cap is impeccable.
I clip the cap and find aromas of strong lemon citrus, spice, wood, caramel, cream, and hay.
Time to light up.
The draw is excellent and the first flavors are that lemony citrus and creaminess. And then along comes Mary. A punch of spiciness to the left jaw.
The strength starts out mild as advertised. But man, it tastes great. The woodiness is right out front with the other flavors. Sweetness coats my palate.
I’ve only had these cigars for about 3 weeks or so. I tired one after a week and it was a no go. But in the last couple of days, I tried all three blends and they are snortin’ at the starting gate. That sampler comes with sticks of each blend. I do not know the price of that yet. Just the individual cigar pricing.
More flavors the merrier: Citrus, wood, strong creaminess, red pepper, cocoa, vanilla cookies, nuttiness, cedar, and leather.
This is an absolutely delicious full flavored cigar. The fact that the strength is mild makes no difference. And the fact that the Cask No. 1 Double Connecticut matured so quickly amazes me. This is a big honker of a cigar. I’ve had another brand in my humidor that is the same exact size for well over a month and it’s not even close to being ready.
I know this is blind side punch but I also think this blend would be great with Gran Marnier. An orange liqueur.
The Cask No.1 Double Connecticut is bowling me over.
The second third begins and where did the time go?
A spectacular cigar blend. The construction is on the money.
The Cask No. 1 Double Connecticut is deeply complex now. The balance is spot on and it has a mile long finish.
I should have allowed all three of the Cask #1 sit for three weeks so I’d still have two left. But alas, that is the point of reviewing…You need to try the product at different stages during the resting period to determine when they are ready for the review.
The price point. Hell, yeah. I know it’s in the wheel house of your more expensive cigars but when you compare them to the other cigars that came out of the 2014 IPCPR trade show, it’s nothing. Look at all the new stuff hitting the shelves in your emails from all the online stores. Try and find a cigar for less than $10. While most are in the $12 region. It’s ridiculous. So, an $8-$9 price range is OK in my book for a blend this good.
My only criticism, and it is a nitpicky minor one, is that there is too much glue on the cigar bands and makes it difficult to get it off in one pretty piece for photos. I carefully use my X-Acto blade and it comes off without too much effort and without nicking the wrapper. Woo Hoo!
Here are the flavors once more: Wood, creaminess, citrus, toasty, nutty, caramel, spice, leather, cedar, and vanilla.
Generally, as rule, I stay away from big cigars. Even toros. For the mere excuse that they take longer to humidor rest than smaller cigars. And most generally, they are not as flavor intense.
Well, the Cask No.1 Double Connecticut disembowels that myth.
I reach the halfway point.
Experienced palates will love this cigar. Sure, it is a great cigar for those who like their cigars mild and for newbies. But the complexity keeps your interest without waning.
Each sip of water creates a small temblor on my palate.
I would love to smoke this as designed; with whisky. But since I really don’t drink, I have no hesitation in saying that it doesn’t matter what you drink with this blend. It stands on its own two feet.
But I certainly appreciate the very citrusy and woody complexity.
The last third begins.
My readers know I tell the truth no matter if I bought the cigar or it was gifted to me. I tell the truth. I wanted to explain that my fawning over this cigar has no basis in the fact that Orleans Group Int’l gave them to me.
The blend becomes a little salty now. If any of my readers know why this happens, please comment below. I’ve always found this a mysterious factor. Because it pops up and then disappears.
The great thing about the Cask No.1 Double Connecticut is that it was a flavor explosion from the first puff.
The last couple of inches is the heart of the blend. So many wonderful flavors married to each other.
The red pepper spiciness returns in force. The citrus and wood are knocked out of the park. The creaminess is so thick it tastes like sticking a whipped cream can to your mouth and letting go.
I’m going to take a wild guess here but I think the filler blend is primarily Dominican. Just a wild guess.
The Dram Cigars for Whiskey web site has zero info on where to buy them. I can’t find an online store that carries them. And not a single B & M. Clearly, the Orleans Group is still keeping this information close to their chest.
These cigars deserve a big PR campaign. The man behind all of this is Joe Chiusano.
Joe was president of Cusano Cigars. Then, in 2009, Davidoff bought him out but Joe stayed on until 2011. When his commitment was over, he started C&C Cigars.
I don’t know Joe but from the small communiqués I’ve had with him tell me he is a grounded person. I’ve also dealt with Rene Castaneda who runs a big part of the company. He has been more than kind and generous with me. These are good people so it warms the cockles of my heart to see good people succeed on this level. And I’m sure you know, I have really big cockles.
The flavors are so intense now that I have to do it dear readers. The Cask No.1 Double Connecticut is a bona fide flavor bomb.
When these cigars hit the market, you MUST snag some. I plan to spend the next two days reviewing the balance of the blends: Cask No.2 and Cask No.3.
Cask No.2 seems to be more in the classic medium range while Cask No.3 is in the medium/full range. I’ve smoked some already and just like the Cask No.1 Double Connecticut, they have incredible flavor and complexity.
Some minor cracks have formed near the cap. My bad. I clipped the cap back a bit to rid the look of the Katman’s drool so the photos would be prettier.
Again, many thanks to Joe Chiusano and Rene Castaneda for the samples of the Dram Cigars for Whiskey blends.
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