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Cusano Habano LXI Sun Grown

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As I sit here, puffing away on a tasty cigar filling the office with beautiful clouds of thick, creamy smoke, I am reading a very disturbing article...

“Presumably, the physicians’ association worries that children who identify with the authoritarian general — who wants to annihilate the Hulk, played by Edward Norton — may be tempted to pick up the habit.”

Are you freaking kidding me?! Can’t the AMA think of better things to do, like encouraging their 27,000 members to alert local media that Big Macs and Whoppers make you fat, coffee is hot, and children should exercise every now and then, rather than sitting on their ever-expanding cabooses in front of reality TV shows with a white knuckle grip on a Coke and deep-fried grub?

To add insult to injury, last week, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved a statewide smoking ban. Finally, the non-smoking legion can rest peacefully at night, devising a plan to prevent us from enjoying a fine cigar in the comfort and safety of our own homes.

Somebody unplug me...

Enough of the rant. Let’s talk cigars, something that is obviously taboo to anti-tobacco zealots...

In my hand is my second Cusano Habano LXI Sun Grown Preferido Grande of the day. Over the weekend, I burned my way through four others. One with a cup of coffee, another with a dark Belgium ale, and two more while sipping mojitos after a hard day working in the yard. Now, my palate is clean, and I am able to fully appreciate the subtle flavors this surprisingly strong blend has to offer.

This Cusano has just been released, and will be fully launched at the annual RTDA (now IPCPR) in July. Always creative in the wrapper department, Cusano chose a special hybrid leaf grown in full sun to gain as many nutrients as possible, leading to a thick, oily, and flavorful wrapper. It is a Habano-seed Ecuadorian grown in the Dominican. Beneath this leaf, Cusano chose a long-leaf mixture of Dominican ligeros.

Based on this recipe of robust tobaccos, I first expected this cigar to explode with hearty, spicy flavors with a strength to match. However, each cigar has been impressively blended to deliver ample flavor, with a deceivingly strong body that creeps up on you throughout the final half. Cusano has a way of carrying the same, memorable smoothness throughout each of their blends without sacrificing flavor. During the burn I pick up a heavy toastiness, with elements of earth, spices, and damp wood. The finish is dry, but offers a subtle sweetness that’s short and crisp, yet undeniable. The aroma is pleasant, filling the room with toast and cedar. Upon hitting the midway point, the cigar becomes considerably richer in flavor, with a heavier influence on earth and wood, while gradually entering the medium to full range. Rarely do I burn my fingers on a cigar, but it happened with the Cusano Habano LXI Sun Grown (man that’s a mouthful to say) twice, and I suspect it’ll happen again in the future.