This is a fun review, because I did it in three parts in a video! This is another release from ACC Cigars – you remember my interviews with Max Myers.
And Part III:
This honestly is, as much as I hate to betray my beloved Platinum (he already got me to betray it with the Tres Maduro haha) at LEAST up there as a favorite of mine.
A cigar this flavorful, this complex manages to stand out among the crowd. I did the original video reviews back in 2012 and have had a chance to revisit the blend. It’s hard to describe, even funny if you follow my career as a romance author, because I have no words. It’s truly an amazing cigar.
From ACC Official: PROPIO cigars are the most innovative
cigars in the market today. Using aged and carefully fermented tobacco leaves, ACC has spent years creating new blends and flavors including wild grown tobacco from the rain forests of Ecuador and Peruvian Pelo de Oro. The result is something new and exciting giving cigar smokers a totally new experience.
What I noted in the unique smell of the PROPIO line was that it was replicated ‘almost’ as if the owner had given Jonathan Drew something to aspire to in his Undercrown and Liga blends, due to the very similar sweet room notes. While Liga Privada is sought after and hard to come by, nothing can compare to the extravagance of PROPIO. Plus, they were both developed for different clientele so..
I mentioned PROPIO in an earlier review when talking about the Leon, a personal favorite of mine.
The PROPIO cigar brand was developed with a fast pace, modern look and feel, included in both the revolutionary acrylic and aluminium tube packaging for the PROPIO cigars, but even their accessories showcase uniqueness among their peers.
The VENENO or Venom, is no different. A blend all its own, it stands out from the Leon by having more spice, power. Designed to imitate (and surpass) Cuban blends, the VENENO features a rich Habano leaf, and Santa Lucia, a leaf indigenous to the tribes of Ecuador. On it’s own, Santa Lucia is a powerhouse and cannot be smoked but if paired with the Ecuadoran Habano leaf, one not only gets the power, but finesse created by skillful blending.
More of a fuller body cigar than the Leon, the VENENO draws and burns well, is smooth. Pepper comes across, along with hints of cinnamon. A medium to full finish complete the cigar, complimented with plenty of spice, and a pleasant, sweet smell when burned, the PROPIO VENENO is literally every cigar smokers dream. Uncomplicated, inventive, luxurious.
A few years back (almost ten at least) Oliva Cigar Company had picked up the notion of the sweet spot, that second third of a cigar that has all the flavors melded together, in perfection, and named it Nub. The cigars were short and stout. Good, but they were meant to smoke as long as a traditional size toro or churchill.
From a luxury standpoint, and one where you want to smoke something of elegance, but don’t have the time to devote a full hour to a cigar like Nub, and you want a really unique way to treat yourself I’d like to introduce you to π by ACC Cigars. PI, a modern cigar for the enthusiast on the go, measures 3.14 inches, and comes in 46, 48 and 50 ring gauges.
Superb construction, as with anything ACC Cigars puts out, means a triple cap, entubado bunching, and an experience worth repeating, just because the cigars have an outstanding taste. Among luxury brands, it’s truly one of the first concept cigars in the industry.
Straight burn line, the cigar itself is so well rolled it, like numerous other cigars in the Don Cervantes line (or anything ACC makes for that matter) can stand on its ash. Flavor profile? Very smooth, yeast and bread notes, along with a hint of baking spice make this the perfect cigar for those on the go. More complex than cigars of the same size, yet just as relaxing, the cigar definitely stands on its own merit. I’d also consider for those who smoke in the morning, to pair PI in any size with your favorite medium roast blend as it would compliment your coffee better than anything else.
The packaging is sleek as well. PI comes in metal tins of eight cigars, complete with a humidification device and matches that always work, another attribute to the care of quality behind an ACC product. The design of the metal container is more modern, in line with thinking about Fibonacci lines/spirals.
If you’ve been following the blog for any length of time, you know my preferred size of cigar is the toro, or a churchill, both with ring gauges no smaller than 50 (though I will do a 49) and generally no bigger than 54.
Coming across my desk however, is a special treat. In a 7X42(guessing, don’t have the specs) size comes the ACC S. E. 10 Year Rosado Lancero.
For starters, much like the remainder of the ACC products, the jacket is a glorious rose gold with a seal over where the ring would be. It’s clean, elegant, distinguished from other cigar makers.
Vintage tobaccos were used, as were Cuban bunching methods of entubado that only the highest of skilled rollers can do when it comes to working with aged tobacco. In addition to the clean, reddish Rosado wrapper that ACC developed, there is a bit of Jalapa in the blend, to enhance the sweetness they were looking for to capture the attention of not just smokers who prefer a softer flavor, but female smokers who lean toward more balance to provide a smooth smoke.
Now, the taste. Like you’d figure from a rosado wrapper, there were notes of sweet cotton candy, along with a consistent, light leather and pepper taste. The draw, burn, amazing. Something I enjoy about this cigar is how it stands out among other cigars in the ACC Portfolio. It’s very hard to stack it against regular handmade cigars because it has a very welcoming personality which I’ve only found in the luxury market. You might pair this with a softer, supple California style Zin that’s not too aggressive, or find it paired with a more floral bourbon. I’d personally go with the Zin.
Oh, and because I can, this video shows a roller putting the finishing touches on the first samples.
We had a great time at Los Gatos Cigar Club talking to other cigar smokers, interviewing a few of the folks to talk about libations, cigars and of course learn more about Don Cervantes luxury cigars.
Below you’ll see a few pictures of the event, mostly the cigars, Max from ACC Cigars, some of the cigar accessories, and soon I’ll have a link to the podcast interview on Radio Dentata
It was definitely a fun event and I’m looking forward to doing more. Thanks to the folks at JMG for all their hard work and a special shoutout to Rich at Los Gatos, for his shop promoting the Good Life.
Look for more on Don Cervantes and the exciting things coming from ACC Cigars soon!
This is the mildest of the Don Cervantes line with yet another perfect construction. A light brown Ecuadorian Connecticut Claro wrapper and binder give the cigar a silky smooth taste that intro or occasional cigar smokers will certainly enjoy. A good draw brings out creamy light earth notes and a hint of espresso.
Rolled En Tubado just like the other cigars in this premium line, white ash holds for at least a good inch before falling off.