Brand: Emilio Cigars Country: Nicaragua
Size: Robusto 5 x 50 Wrapper: Brazilian Aripiraca
Price: $11.00 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
I was a big fan of the original Draig K label, with it’s pastel colored dragon that came with a cool backstory. The Cayuquero brings the look more in tune with the rest of the Emilio line, while paying homage to it’s ancestor by keeping the dragon. In my book, the uniqueness of the original is still a bit cooler, but I’m sure the marketability of the Cayuquero reigns supreme.
What We Liked:
I spent an above average amount of time admiring the stick before lighting, and that has nothing to do with the label. If you were to close your eyes and try to find a imperfection in the wrapper; you would fail. It’s a flawlessly constructed stick that is up there with the La Palina Goldie and Cohiba Behike in the looks department. And, perhaps most interestingly, looks almost nothing like the Draig K.
After a nice clean cut, the pre-light draw lured me in with a fresh tobacco flavor, leaving me intrigued to find out what else was in store. Right away, the Cayuquero is completely different form it’s predecessor and lands directly in the center of my wheelhouse. There is a bit of chocolatey sweetness, a touch of spice, and that delicious tobacco from the pre-light. I’m honestly a bit concerned at this point because I would be perfectly content if the stick stayed exactly this way throughout. It has just the right amount of spice on the back of the tongue, with the sweet tobacco bringing a nice balance to the profile.
By the halfway point, I’m pleased to have had a couple inches without major changes, but changes do come. The spice begins to subside and continues to do so the further you get. The sweetness dies down a bit, as well, bringing in a rich and creamy wood profile for the final inch or two.
What We Didn’t Like:
Excluding a lower price, there isn’t anything I would change about the Draig Cayuquero. Well, that’s not true. At one point I was holding the Cayuquero and the ash fell onto my knee, leaving a singed bald spot where once my manly hair sat. Other than this slight blemish on my otherwise beautiful skin, the experience was most pleasant.
Should You Try/Buy It:
If you’ve had the original Draig K, you may be tempted to overlook this release. That would be a mistake. The Cayuquero is a completely different beast from it’s predecessor and, in my opinion, a far more delicious one. If the price tag doesn’t scare you away, grab a few and see what you think.
Disclaimer: Cigar smoked for review was provided by Emilio Cigars.