Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Double Binder: Binder #1: Nicaraguan Habano / 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 Cask No.3 Double Habano by Dram Cigars for Whiskey.
I reviewed the Cask No.2 yesterday, Cask No. 3 the day before, and so much of that same information applies that I lifted it for today’s review. I’m plagiarizing myself. (Déjà vu?)
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 and C&C Cigars 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 whiskey complement each other. As it turns out, getting schnockered at 8am while writing this review is not necessary. Yesterday’s Cask No.1 was a terrific cigar that stood on its own two feet and I’m sure that paired with the right whiskey, will be even better. Instead of liquor, I will be sipping water.
This stick is so oily that I only hope I can capture it for you to see. The seams are tight. Lots of small veins. Jam packed with tobacco. A perfectly applied triple cap. And the wrapper is a beautiful dark coffee bean color with the tiniest bit of tooth.
I clip the cap to find aromas of dark chocolate, spice, espresso, graham cracker, sweetness, cedar, and dried fruit.
Time to light up.
The draw is good. This is the first of the three in which I can imagine the flavors of whiskey. The spice is on the money in terms of strength. That same dose of spice when you take your first shot and your sinuses explode and your nostrils flare like a bull.
It has loads of malt. Plus some bitter sweet baking cocoa. There is a very potent dark raisin element. I can taste a buttery component that feels like there is an oiliness on my lips. And then a smoky flavor that surrounds and huddles the other flavors.
This is a dark blend. While you could call Cask No.1 all flowers and sunlight…the Cask No.3 is shadowed corners and a large maze at midnight. Dark and foreboding. (LOL- I really wanted to be a writer when I grow up.)
To explain what I just said into English, I meant that the flavors are meaty. The dark bitter cocoa, the espresso, black raisin, a very strong woody element, and that wonderful smokiness. There is no creaminess and that little bit of sweetness disappeared.
Hence, the Dark and Stormy Night scenario.
I’m into the cigar a scoche more than an inch. Black cherry sits side by side with the dark raisin. A little bit of creaminess returns. As well as a bit of sweetness.
The Cask No.3 Double Habano is the most complex of the three blends. I am certainly impressed with the differences in the three blends. And can’t wait for the 4th Cask to arrive.
Joe Chiusano, of C&C Cigars, really took a giant leap with this concept. I should be drinking 12 year old bourbon with this cigar. Instead, I sip bottled water. Joe must have had a good laugh at the thought of hundreds of reviewers getting shit faced trying to review and drink.
“This..ci;ragar…is…reallyhe…….I meen..goo-(burp)-d. Haha…what..is..thatttt..on..myyyy sholder?”
The Cask No.3 Double Habano has its own special identity. It is unlike 90% of the cigars I’ve smoked. Very unique. It has none of the stereotypical flavors one can expect from the little info divulged by Orleans Group Int’l.
So far, all of the blends have had a higher than normal wood element. This one has the strongest. Not cedar, but some sort of wood. I’m terrible discerning wood types.
There is a sweet and tart component. A bit of dried apricot gives it that tartness.
In addition, there is this: “Blackstrap molasses, or simply blackstrap, is the dark, viscous molasses remaining after maximum extraction of sugar from raw sugar cane. The third boiling of sugar syrup yields blackstrap molasses. And sometimes used in baking.” From Wikipedia.
This stuff is more bitter than sweet. And it folds into the other dark sweetness nicely.
The Cask No.3 Double Habano is the more sophisticated of the previous two blends. I recommend this for the experienced palate because the flavor profile is like a Rubik’s Cube. Trying to pick apart the flavor profile is like picking the carcass of the Thanksgiving turkey when everyone goes home and you want to make sure you got everything the bird can give.
I love this blend. In fact, I love all three blends for their three completely different styles.
The second third begins.
The Cask No.3 Double Habano reminds me a bit of the Cuban Ramon Allones Extra Edition. I’m a big RA fan. About a year ago, my daughter’s fiancée, knowing I love RA cigars, got me a 25 count box. I never told a soul because I’m a selfish old bastard.
OK. Here are the flavors: Woody, smoky, dried fruit, molasses, espresso, malt, bitter sweet cocoa, dried apricot, and an extreme tobacco earthiness.
The Cask No.3 Double Habano does not contain a kitchen sink flavor profile. Again, reinforcing the postulate that this is an experienced smoker’s blend.
The char line needs its first touch up. Minor.
I reach the halfway point.
Throughout the burn, the strength has been classic medium body. Now…it has reached medium/full.
The price point. Damn. I am surprised it is only going for less than $9.00. C&C Cigars could have easily asked for a couple bucks more. It rivals any $12-$13 cigar I’ve smoked.
The major selling point on the Cask No.3 Double Habano is the complexity. And its uniqueness. I swear I’m smoking a Habano.
I can only imagine what it tastes like partnered with a great whiskey. Yum.
For some reason, it is a much slower smoke than Cask No. 1 and 2.
At the halfway point, I invested over an hour of smoke time. Generally, I don’t care for 2 hour smokes because I must have ADHD or something. I get bored easily. And that’s the magic of this cigar. It never stops being interesting.
Back to the Cask No.3 Double Habano.
The last third begins and the cigar explodes with flavor. The newly added creaminess gives the flavor profile some oomph. Spice returns and livens the flavor profile. The bitter sweet cocoa becomes hot fudge..gooey and sweet.
A major transition is occurring.
The last third begins.
The sweetness components are not only derived from dried fruit and the molasses; but also brown sugar, caramel, and sugar cane. The smokiness puts the pedal to the metal. There are several blends out there now that pride themselves in smoky qualities but none compare to the Cask No.3 Double Habano.
The Cask No.3 Double Habano went from interesting to incredible in just moments.
The Cask No.3 Double Habano is going on my list of the Top 25 Cigars of 2015.
Through the kind help of Bobby Walker, there are three online stores that carry these cigars: Famous Smoke and Brickell Cigar Co., and Corona Cigars. Unfortunately, Famous and Brickell only sell in boxes. No 5 packs, samplers, or singles. Both online stores sell the boxes for just dollars difference. Corona Cigars sells boxes and singles and for about a buck less than the other two for a single and box price. That is, they sell the single for the same price as they sell them in boxes. Good deal.
This is a cigar smoker’s cigar. I would give your right testicle to buy a box of not only the Cask No.3 Double Habano; but the Cask No. 1 and Cask No. 2.
I can’t thank Joe Chiusano and Rene Castaneda for sending me these samples. I can’t think of a trio of blends this good in years.
The Cask No.3 Double Habano finishes beautifully. No harshness. No bitterness. No heat. And blooming with flavor.
I highly recommend you snag some of these cigars.
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