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Javier Hernandez: The Czar of Cigar

The Inch

Posted: February 6, 2013 10:11 a.m.
Updated: February 6, 2013 10:11 a.m.

Javier Hernandez

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Two weeks ago we reviewed a Perla del Mar from J.C. Newman. Today we are going big. Within the cigar world there is a huge demand for large ring gauge cigars.

Last year Ernesto Carrillo Perez (founder of La Gloria Cubana Cigars) paid us a visit. We were honored to be selected as one of the few stores to sample the prototype and give him our review.

The cigars were un-banded, in a trio of sizes, and made with two wrappers, both Ecuadorian Sumatra and Maduro.

For this review we will fire up the lighter to a 6 1/8 x 64 with the Ecuadorian wrapper. The binder is Nicaraguan and the mixed filler is made up of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos.

This cigar begins with a slight hint of salt and wood. The draw is flawless and the construction is perfect. The flavors of wood and salt continue with an appearance of spice, which comes and goes. With this size ring gauge, the draw is also very cool, never burning too hot. Midway through, one is tricked into thinking it is medium-bodied, but guess what? Toward the end there is a sleeper surprise.

This cigar has some very well-fermented and aged Ligero tobacco in it. It’s difficult to pick it up by taste, but when finished, you start to say “Wow,” this cigar packs a punch!”

Ernesto asked me how I thought the cigar rated in regards to strength. Prior to him leaving the store, I rated it a mid-strength cigar. When I finished the cigar, I called him and told him my opinion had changed. It’s definitely not a mid-strength cigar.

The cigar was finally placed into production and released to the general public late last year.

The name given to the cigar was “The Inch.” The name is in reference to the ring gauge being no less than an inch in all three vitolas. This cigar burns nice and slow, with high volume and dense smoke. I recommend trying this cigar after a heavy meal, such as a nice prime ribeye steak.

Remember not to plan any activities after this cigar, you might even want to bring a pillow and blanket close to your cigar chair!

Stay tuned for our next paring in just a couple weeks.

Relax & Enjoy.

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