The Label Factor:
On tonights episode of Learning Spanish Through Cigar Smoking; we’re taking a look at the word “Dueña”. Not be confused with “sueño”, meaning “dream,” “La Dueña” means “the owner.” In this case, referring to Janny Garcia, the daughter of legendary blender Don Pepin Garcia. The label displays a white silhouette of a woman, presumable Janny, and really pops against the dark chocolate Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Will the La Dueña be the cigar of your sueños? Stay tuned!
What We Liked:
The owner starts off very mild, with only the faintest spice sitting on the tongue. After a few puffs, a slightly sweet earth shows up and brings with it a bitter coffee, which does a nice job of balancing that overall sweetness.
The second half sees the spice die completely and the sweetness turned up a notch. A delicious flavor of chocolate emerges to compliments that coffee nicely. At this point, I find myself having flashbacks to one of my favorite cigars, the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor. The flavor profile is similar but more mild, with the La Dueña never breaching a medium body.
Lately I’ve been finding myself choosing cigar vitolas based on life events. For example; with two kids, it’s very difficult to find multiple consecutive free hours. So, when I saw the La Dueña was available in a petite robusto, I knew that was the five pack for me. I’m happy to report this was the correct decision, as smoke time was a short 40 minutes. You should have no problem squeezing one of these in between diaper changes.
What We Didn’t Like:
The problem I found was that the flavor profile didn’t do enough to stand out. While everything offered was delicious, it is a little too mild for my taste. I already compared the La Dueña to the Mi Amor, but I would rank the Mi Amor higher, due to it’s fuller body that really lets those flavors shine.
The flip side to that coin, though, is that I think this may be the perfect stick for somebody looking to try cigars. With delicious flavors and no nicotine strength to worry about, the La Dueña is a cigar that just may get that new smoker addicted. And really, isn’t that the goal!?
Should You Try/Buy It:
Definitely. Though I may not find myself smoking a bunch of these in the future, I do think this is a fantastic stick for somebody new to the world of cigars. For that reason alone, I expect to keep a few in my humidor. Oh, and don’t let that MSRP scare you away; the La Dueña can often be found for far less on Cigar Monster and CigarBid. Shop around and pick up a couple to try!
Interested in trying the La Dueña? You can purchase it here.