Ahhh, EQ cigars, that small company that has been posting heavily in social media these days. We recently reviewed their Maduro blend the other week and found it to be a flavorful and pleasant smoking experience with perfect construction and burn. Today we are taking a look at a lighter shade of the EQ Premium Cigars portfolio – the Habano blend.
Spoiler Alert; as much as I enjoyed the maduro, I found the habano blend to be even better.
I reached out to Henry Cruz, the owner of this small Boutique cigar company, to discuss the blend and he informed me it is blended as follows:
- Wrapper – Ecuadorian Habana
- Binder – Dominican
- Filler – Criollo 98 Nicaraguan Seco
Henry also noted that the habano blend is available in a wide selection of vitolas:
- Short Robusto
- Short Perfecto
That is a lot of vitolas, so I am sure you would find one that fits your desire. As for me, I sampled the EQ Premium Cigars Habano Torpedo, which I received from the Yannick G. Forel who is the company’s distributor. The samples were provided for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press.
The EQ Premium Cigars Habano Torpedo is an absolute demonstration of proper craftsmanship for a cigar. With solid construction it boasts a marbled, lightly veined, medium tan wrapper. The packing is tight from head to foot and the cap is perfectly applied.
There is a single band that adorns the cigar. It is the same band as on the maduro blend so I wont get into describing it again here. Having a single band for a company keeps design and printing costs down so kudos to Henry for that decision.
Now that the visual exams are complete I moved in the aroma side. The Habano blend had some very inviting notes with a spicy and sweet floral barrel and bakery of spice off the foot including nutmeg and vanilla off the foot.
OK, Appearance – Check, Aroma – Check; it is now time to taste. I sliced the head of the torpedo about a 1/8 inch or so down from the tip and rolled it around savoring mostly muted nut notes and earth. The draw had a restriction just to my liking, an I suppose you could cut a little deeper to open it more if that is your desire. There is no pre-light heavy pepper on this like many of the cigars I sample so that makes me want to fire it up and see how it performs. Follow along as I walk you through the EQ Premium Cigars Habano Torpedo.
Cigar Review Notes
- Right off the flame I greeted with a full volume of creamy smoke
- A light pepper note wrapped with a touch sweetness begins the journey
- Espresso notes quickly follow to begin filling in the profile
- Cedar and Cinnamon evolve closing out the first inch.
- A light grey solid ash rests on a thin char line
- The sweetness is blending very well with the cedar
- The aroma is just as enticing with sweet cedar and nut notes filling the nostrils
- Smoke is ultra smooth near the end of the first third
- Wrapper is showing a tinge of oiling above the burn line
- Creamy Coffee notes move front and center
- Ash fell after two inches of solid burn !!
- Flat and centered burn cone
- Ash picks right up where it left off
- Spice begins to enter midway
- Burn is perfect so far
- Touch of bitterness enters
- The creamy coffee shifts to more of a Salty butter component
- A lingering sour cherry note rests on the tongue as it burns toward the end of the second third
- The bitter note maintains along with a growing peppery spice on the nasals
- Burns a tad hot to the touch near the end of second third (getting near the nub)
- Strength medium plus
- Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 30 minutes to the nub!
Overall, the EQ Premium Cigars Habano torpedo was a spectacular cigar. The burn was flat-out, top-notch, and the flavor profile was loaded with core and nuanced flavor notes to keep your palate wanting more. Ending at medium-plus in strength, this is a cigar I would enjoy in the mid to late afternoon. I think Henry and his team have a true winner with this blend. If you are looking where to purchase these, you should reach out to Yannick G. Forel on his Facebook page.