Do you guys remember Gumby? That green eraser type of thing portrayed by Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live in the 70s - you remember the line "I'm Gumby dammit." Picking up a green cigar makes me think of Gumby and I'm not exactly interested in smoking an eraser. I hear you giggling - well, what comes to your mind? Okay, maybe I'm a weirdo, but nonetheless I had a hard time smoking a green cigar for the first time. Subliminally, the descriptions on these cigars don't scream out at me to try them - "mild claro" and "super mild" and "green". Geez, call me crazy, but the color green just doesn't impress me as potentially being a quality cigar. In fact, call a cigar green and most connoisseurs will tell you to age it longer b/c it doesn't smoke well.
Well, in our latest catalog, page 33, tucked in the upper-right corner is Don Tomas Candela with the asterisk "supply is limited." And, the folks at this factory claim this Candela wrapper-leaf has been aging for 18 years. Alright, that's the straw that broke the camel's back - too good to pass up, I'll pick up a Churchill (7"x48) and take a chance on this green monster. (I just found out that it was tucked in the corner so it didn't get much action - supply is super-limited. So, I'll probably get reamed for putting it up on Gonz's pick for all of the internet community to see. Jump on it quick if you're interested.)
Anway, 18 years of aging seems like a long time. I can barely remember last Tuesday let alone what I was doing 18 years ago. The wrapper, well, it's green. A little veiny and dry to the touch, there are no oils oozing out of this one. I clip the end (finally splurged and picked up one of those double-blade guillotine cutters and haven't ruined nearly as many cigar ends) and wouldn't you know, there's brown tobacco inside. Gumby isn't green all the way through. In reality, the wrapper is actually thick. Maybe it's just perception b/c it's noticeably different from the filler, but looking at the cross section makes the wrapper appear like a thick piece of leather wrapping the filler, not like you see with a brittle Connecticut-shade wrapper.
It lights up in a flash and draws effortlessly with lots of surrounding smoke. The wrapper clearly has a nice pleasant flavor and leaves a slight tingle on the very tip of your tongue. There are very dry undertones with a slight hint of oak - would probably go great with a dry Cabernet or Merlot. The smoke and flavor dissipates quickly and doesn't hold onto your taste buds for too long. I usually smoke much stronger cigars, so I kept going back for more. The burn is slightly irregular and doesn't hold much of an ash. I'm impressed by the smooth and gentle, yes gentle, flavor. Perhaps the vintage leaves have mellowed the cigar considerably, but if anything, they have made the flavor incredibly consistent b/c it hasn't moved at all in the first 4 inches.
The finish is solid burning a little hot that last inch. Yes, I smoked it to the fingertips. It's so smooth and creamy that you'll be ready to pick up another right away. It sure doesn't taste like an eraser. It's a very pleasant, mild before-dinner smoke. It certainly won't spoil your appetite. Truthfully, you could have it anytime. For those of you out there that love to get rocked by your cigars, you should pass on this one. But, for you mild to medium smokers looking for a treat, this will mellow you out. Perfect for the ride home, before you pick up the kids, whatever, you can calm your nerves with this greenie.