Posted by Jack | in Emilio Cigars | on 19 Dec 2013 | at 11:55 AM | 5633 views
Today we are going to discover one of Gary Griffith's limited releases, the Draig Cayuquero.  Cayuquero roughly translates to troublemaker.  Emilio Cigars has been batting a thousand for the past couple of years and this new limited edition Cayuquero, following up the terrific Draig K, is simply outstanding.  Let's dive into this thing right now....
Construction: The Cayuquero is a pretty little cigar with a deep brown oily wrapper and a few veins.  The few of these I have had have all been stellar in the construction department too.  Quality is the name of the game.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane, the Cayuquero gives off a terrific bouquet of sweet tobacco, cedar, and a slight pepper.  I also note a very unusual musky spicy smell that actually is quite prevalent in the smoke and flavors of the cigar.  More on that later.
Light and Burn: Lighting is a snap and the burn is flawless from start to finish.
Tasting: The Cayuquero starts off quite strong.  Hints of pepper, and earth show the start of a very Cuban flavor profile.  The first third starts off with a beautiful floral note but again, it is not a mild ride, folks.  I would put this corona on the high edge of medium-full starting off.    Earth, leather, and some dark chocolate flavors also show up in the beginnings as well as a smattering of dried fruit.  A wonderful and eventful start.  I mentioned a musky spice before - well, it is in there too.  It is so unique.  A flavor I have never experienced in a cigar, or anywhere really, so categorizing it is not easy.  While the core of this amazing cigar is deep earth and leather, this flavor that is close to allspice keeps showing up in the tastes and the aroma from the smoke.  It really makes the Cayuquero stand out from the crowd.
The second third really shows off the balance of this cigar.  The body tones down closer to medium with a step up in that sweet floral flavor. It's not as sweet as the orange blossom I found in the Liga Privada T52, but it is equally as delicious.  There are notes of dark chocolate again with touches of pepper and some coffee beans.
The final third is here, sadly.  These flavors are amazing.  Notes of leather, spice, and some sweet oak.  The flavors remain constant throughout but they take turns coming to the front.  The final third ends on a medium-full note that begs you to reach for another.  Easily one of the best cigars under the Emilio umbrella and best cigars of this year anywhere.
Value: The Cayuquero is not a cheap cigar.  At around $13, it is not priced for every-day smoking but it is worth every cent.  Find them, smoke them, hoard them.
Final Thoughts: I have been fortunate enough to smoke a truck load of great cigars this year and the Cayuquero is among the best of the lot.  It is rich, loaded with flavor, constructed perfectly, and hypnotic to smoke.  Without question, I highly recommend this masterpiece cigar.
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Size: 5.5 x 44
The troublemaker is a pretty little corona in this case...
The band is a nice mix of classic and modern - very nice!
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