October 6, 2012

Cigar Review: Tres Reynas (3 Reynas) Robusto

3 Reynas
While the cigar industry is an industry like any other, and these companies wish to make a profit, there is something unique about it in the sense that they are all close friends, and consider each other family members. You often see these manufacturers relaxing and having fun with one another, and that goes beyond smoking cigars. Two families that have been seen together in celebration often are the Quesada Family and the Garcia Family. Whether in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua or in the United States, I have often seen photos of these family members dining together and laughing. Because of that, it was not a surprise when the two families came together to make a cigar honoring their friendship.



Tres Reynas is a new release from Quesada this year, and it honors Patricia and Raquel Quesada, and Janny Garcia. The three consider themselves sisters, and that is why they released a cigar called Tres Reynas. While it is translated as three queens, and not three sisters, they are really three prominent females in the industry, and the title is very appropriate. Janny Garcias has had her personal first release this year,  La Dueña, and Patricia and Raquel have been involved heavily in the business for Quesada for several years. The cigar is distibuted by Quesada, but for this release they decided to have the cigar made in Esteli, Nicaragua by My Father Cigars. Production will be limited for each size, and there will be three vitolas produced. 
CT. Broadleaf
For this review I chose to go with the classic robusto, and the cigar is your standard robusto measuring 5" with a 50 ring gauge. As I said earlier, the cigar is made in Esteli, Nicaragua a My Father Cigars, and is constructed with a great triple cap. The cigar begins with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and has Nicaraguan tobacco for fillers and binders. The cigar is firm in hand, and it has a nice colored wrapper. There are some veins present to touch, and I would say it is really a classic Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. There is a nice Maduro coloring to it, and there is some tooth present. The aroma of the cigar is the best part, and I am picking up some sweet cocoa notes, dark wood,  rich earths, sweet spices and some anise notes as well.  

Lighting up the cigar it begins by showing tons of great flavors, and it is a great start. I am getting a nice bit of chocolate notes, and it is accompanied by some sweet spices and even some red pepper notes. There are some creamy notes as well to it, and I would say it is familiar to Mexican hot chocolate in flavors. The cigar is constructed wonderfully, and it is producing a perfect burn line with a very dark charcoal colored ash. My Father Cigars has always had great production, but the smokes I have gotten from them lately have been amazing. I would say the strength level is just over the medium body level, and fairly close to medium full in body.
Great smoke in first third
I am in the second third of the cigar now, and the flavors are still amazing. I am really picking up those Mexican hot chocolate notes, and those cocoa, rich earth and sweet spice notes are lovely. Those peppery flavors are still present as well, and I am getting a nice espresso bean flavor emerging as well, and it is showing a very chocolate rich cafe mocha flavor profile. Construction wise the cigar is still amazing, and burning evenly still. I am holding on to that great ash, and it is still that dark charcoal color. The strength level has gotten to that medium full level, but it is so flavorful and rich that it really hides the strength level to it.

In the final third the flavor profile is fairly similar to the second third, but it is so enjoyable I don't really want it to change. The espresso bean notes really were a great addition to the flavors from before, and you can really pick them out in this third. Those red pepper notes have tones down some in this third, but are still in the background adding some complexity to it all. The cocoa and rich earth notes are enjoyable in this third as well, and the sweet spice finish is amazing. I am finding that the cigar is finishing at a strength level that is between medium and medium full, and the construction is still top notch. That ash has kept that dark gray color, and the finish on the cigar is cool and flavorful.
Final
2012 has been a great year for maduro releases, and I have been smoking so many of them, and Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers in particular. I am not a huge maduro and Connecticut Broadleaf fan to begin with, but there have been some releases that I would smoke a numerous amount of in the future. This cigar really showcased a great flavor profile, and I think it is a great flavor profile for the end of the year. When it is getting cooler outside I like to gravitate towards rich cigars like this, and I can safely say I will be smoking more and more of these down the road. Construction wise this cigar was top notch, and I think it is a release that so many will love. It has enough complexities to keep a educated smoker entertained, and enough flavors to not overwhelm a new smoker. Overall, a great release by two great families and I give this cigar a solid 92.