Good day Ruffian nation, T Money back for another cigar review. Today we’ll be tackling the Guaimaro from Esteban Disla. This name may be somewhat familiar to you. He is the co-owner and factory manager of Nica Sueno. Nica Sueno produces Roma Craft and also Powstanie. Oddly enough, this cigar isn’t sold through Roma Craft. The name Guaimaro comes from a nickname he was given in Cuba by none other than Sergio Cuevas. The name is an affectionate moniker that was given to skinny, dark complexioned boys that worked the farms of Cuba. (Guáimaro is also a town and municipality in the southern part of Camagüey Province in Cuba.) It is located between the cities of Camagüey and Las Tunas.He says he owes all he has to Sergio and couldn’t think of a better way to honor him. Now, let’s get into the nuts and bolts of this cigar. It is a 5×52 soft box-pressed cigar. It has a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Brazilian Arapiraca Castano binder with fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It has a lighter hue to it than most San Andres wrappers and has a bunch of visible veins throughout. This was originally released in November of 2016 with an MSRP of $7.50. This cigar was given to me by El Prez, Mitch, so I’m not sure of the amount of aging this specific cigar has. I used my new cigar scissors to slightly clip the cap off. The cold draw is wide open and has some chocolate sweetness and dark sod right upfront. Without further ado, let’s light this bad boy up.
Guaimaro 5×52 Soft Press
Right off the bat is a huge blast of earth and leather. The earth is so deep that it’s hard to taste anything else. Has a decent smoke output while the retrohale has a sharp horseradish sting that made my eyes water. If this holds through the cigar, it’s going to be a nicotine monster. Some semi-sweet chocolate is starting to show through the earth a bit further into the cigar. Some dried nuts are also lingering, but the earth is definitely the biggest flavor by far. Getting towards the end of the third, it has a wonky burn but nothing that needs to be addressed at the moment. The draw is excellent, while the strength and flavor are around medium.
Getting into the second 3rd, a smoked meat flavor is leaking into the picture. It’s not the greatest flavor, but nothing to dock in points. Slight cinnamon is mingling with the earthy flavor and the retrohale has calmed down to just a small horseradish bite. Not much transition going through the rest of the 3rd. The word of the day is definitely earth! Finishing up, the cigar is still about medium in strength and flavor. Burn has evened out nicely and the draw is still impeccable.
Rolling along into the final 3rd, a floral note comes to the forefront. It’s a welcome change from the earth bomb that was overtaking the cigar from the beginning. Retrohale is more of a white pepper bite than a horseradish bite like most of the cigar. The floral note continues, while the earth hangs on to let you know its never going away. Not much change until I finally nub it and send it to the bottom of the Stinky ashtray. The cigar ended up around med/full in strength and medium in flavor.
Well, truly not much to dissect with this one. Pretty straightforward stick throughout. Tons of earth dominated most of the stick, with some floral notes bringing it to the end. A few notes about the cigar that aren’t taste-related. As with most cigars out of Nica Sueno, the band was impossible to remove and ended up cracking the wrapper trying to get it off. Also, was a really wavy burn that took a couple of relights, but nothing too crazy. Other than that, not much to complain about. T Money score: 3.5 out of 5. Rebuy 5 pack.
If you like a tasty, earthy forward stick without a bunch of frills, this will be right up your alley. It would be a great stick if you’re reading or have something else you’re focused on. There are many still available on the market, so it shouldn’t be an issue getting your hands on a few to enjoy by yourself or with your best friends. I paired the cigar with coffee, but the earthy profile would be great with some scotch or even a floral gin. Until next time, remember to do something nice for someone and treat everyone like you want to be treated. Cheers family!
Wrapper – Mexican San Andres
Binder – Brazilian Arapiraca Castano
Filler – Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic
Website: None available but you can find these on https://www.famous-smoke.com (DR Members don’t forget we have a 17% discount if your purchase in over $50. Contact Distinguished Ruffian if you need that discount code.)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 pints.
- Travis Peterson AKA T Money is the Co-Captain of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of Distinguished Ruffians. He started his cigar journey in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. Outside of cigars he has a passion for brewing beer, playing guitar, bowling and golf. He is also a self proclaimed grilling and smoking expert.