Cost: Sample from the manufacturer, Tarazona Cigars
Initial Observations: The wrapper is a velvety, caramel brown. It is very smooth with only a few small veins. Earth, honey and sweet floral notes come off the wrapper and I notice hints of cedar and hay emanating from the foot of the cigar. The cold draw is a bit tight but it has notes of sweet hay, floral, hints of cocoa and wood.
First Third: Cedar, hay and a hint of allspice hit the palate first, followed by sweet floral notes and a smooth creamy finish. The retrohale has the warmth and spice of cinnamon and cedar. The progression of flavors throughout each draw are very smooth and seamless. After about a half an inch, I start to pick up cedar lingering in the aftertaste. As the first third finishes, notes of coffee are also present mid draw and in the aftertaste, mingling with the cedar, allspice, floral notes and hay.
Second Third: Coffee and cedar take centerstage as the main notes. Floral, allspice and cream are noticeable on the back of the palate. Each draw maintains its smooth, creamy finish. The retrohale maintains is cinnamony spice. About halfway through, the sweet floral notes pick up halfway through which is a great contrast to the notes of allspice.
Final Third: In the final third, the allspice joins the notes of coffee as the foundation notes, mostly present on the front of the palate. Cedar, cream and floral finish each draw After an inch the coffee and allspice are present from start to finish of each puff. The cedar and floral notes are still noticeable, although subtle.The retrohale has picked up in the intensity of the cinnamon and I also notice some subtle hints of wood. As the cigar, finishes, it becomes more complex, altering from cedar to coffee to spice as main notes.
Conclusion: Typically, I do not to cigar pairings but the Cubanacan was great with my cup of Cafe Cubano. It was a perfect start to my day with its subtle complexities and smooth, creamy finish. I loved the hints of allspice and cinnamon that I picked up. It really helped round out the flavors. If you are a mild-medium cigar smoker, or if you prefer a lighter cigar to start your day, I think the Cubanacan would be right up your alley.