Estd. 1844 Anejado No. 50
During the year of 1844, several historical events had occurred: The Dominican Republic had declared their independence from Haiti and drafted their first constitution, the US ship USS Princeton exploded on the Potomac River killing numerous passengers, including two U.S. cabinet members, and Mr. Samuel Morse sent the very first electrical telegram from Washington D.C. to Baltimore. Before I continue, you’re very welcome for the invigorating history lesson.
Estd.1844 is offered in SIX (6) different sizes that all fall under the ‘figurado’ category. The vitola of my preference is the Anejado No. 50, a pocket-sized firecracker that appears similar dimensionally to the Arturo Fuente Hemingway ‘Short Story’.
This Nicaraguan-made beauty is presented in wooden boxes with a rough patch of fabric stitched to the outside of the lid proudly displaying “1844”. Box quantities vary depending on the cigar’s size, however, the size I am reviewing today, the No. 50, features a standard box quantity of 20 sticks. Furthermore, the band is traditionally located toward the cap of the cigar which boasts its name, 1844.
This handmade gem features a dark, oily San Andres (Maduro) wrapper. I’ve noticed at the CI Super-Store that Mexican tobacco has received somewhat of a bad reputation. I’m mystified as to why this is. The San Andres Maduro wrapper, which is very susceptible to plume (a crystallization of the cigars’ natural sugars and representation of impeccable aging) typically features a slight pepperiness with an underlying sweetness and a pleasant coffee or cocoa note. It’s also the same wrapper that is used on two of our most popular selling brands in the CI Super-Store, the Reposado Maduro and San Lotano Maduro.
The flavorful wrapper encompasses a fine blend of skillfully aged Nicaraguan tobaccos hailing from the Esteli growing region. The Esteli region essentially symbolizes the tobacco capital of Nicaragua, even though there are over 5 distinct growing regions within the country’s mountainous landscape.
Pre-lit, the cigar is fairly light in the hand but the tobaccos in this flawless figurado are packed nice and tight.
I fired up one of these oily treasures on New Year’s Eve in the heated garage at my brother’s house (we’ll do it again next year, Brandon). For some reason, we obtained a bottle of Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey, some of the cheapest crap on the market. With my watered down Black Velvet, tasty 1844 and lawn chair, I am ready to go.
Similar to most figurados and salomons, the first couple puffs started off a bit tight as there is very little surface on the foot of the cigar to burn. But as the cigar burned to the bulbous portion of the “1844 No. 50”, flavors opened up immensely and a heavy natural espresso overtook my palate.
As for the combination of cheap Canadian Whiskey and a Mexican maduro cigar…I must admit it wasn’t my finest pairing. However, the whiskey kept me warm and the gambling stories my brother and I constantly share with each other were in abundance.
The draw was almost perfect as billows upon billows of smoke poured from this flavorful morsel. The middle third of the 1844 produced a toasty flavor with a slight cedar undertone. The aroma of this pint-sized puro was quite pleasant and produced an attractive, white ash that hung ever-so-firmly off the end of the cigar. The finish was clean but hot due to the cigar’s size.
But overall, for the price, this is a fantastic value and I highly recommend it.
As I finished my 1844, I was in an incredibly good state of mind. As a matter of fact, I nearly forgot I was in a garage until I tripped over my nephew’s Burton snowboard onto a pile of my nieces’ Hello Kitty stuffed animals and blankies (yes, I said blankies).
I must say, if you’re a fan of the Reposado Maduro, Nica Libre, San Lotano Maduro or A. Turrent Triple Play, this is going to provide you with a coffee-break sized cigar which should take you no more than 25 minutes to burn. Also, as the weather gets a tad-bit nippy, this is one of the better smokes for Winter Time.
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