Brand: We The People
Maker: El Titan de Bronze
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Origin: Miami, FL
MSRP: $268.00 per box
We The People is a brand that I was introduced to at the 2009 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans. I was introduced to Julia Lukash (General Manager) and Marcus Daniel Morine (President), of Bidwell Cigar, by Willy Herrera of El Titan de Bronze. Julia was kind enough to do a brief video talking about the brand We The People. After the video was complete, Marcus was kind enough to provide me with a few samples to do a review.
The We The People line of cigars are made up of Nicaraguan Fillers, Ecuadorian Binder, and an Ecuadorian grown Connecticut Shade Wrapper. Cigars are aged and packaged on beds of Spanish Cedar shavings. Cigars are offered in boxes of twenty which range from $210.00 to $268.00 per box MSRP.
The line is available in four sizes which include; a Coronabusto (44 x 4.50), Robusto (52 x 5.00), Belicoso (54 x 6.50), and a Churchill (50 x 7.50). Cigars are crafted in the El Titan de Bronze factory in Little Havana, Miami.
Before lighting up my We The People Belicoso, I gave it a gentle pinch up and down the length of the stick to get a feel for the density of the tobacco inside. What I found was a uniformly packed cigar that was neither too hard nor too soft. There was a single hollow spot at the head, just above the band.
The color of the wrapper was consistent from head to foot but contained two flaws at the foot. These flaws were in the form of greenish discolorations and some chipping in the leaf which exposed the wrap below. This greenish discoloration was most likely a simple sun or water spot which is not uncommon among this type of leaf.
With the head of my cigar open, I found the pre-light draw too be a little too loose for my taste. Flavors on the cold draw were mildly sweet with a cedar aftertaste. During the clipping process, the tapered head was easily compressed by my cutter but did not tear the leaf.
After a quick and painless toasting and lighting session, my We The People Belicoso was evenly lit and producing a good supply of thick smoke. After the initial puff was passed through my sinuses, I was given a pleasing punch from the power of the stick. It immediately made me think of the Connecticut wrapped 601 Black by EO Brands.
In the documentation that came with my samples, it described this cigar as “one of the most full bodied mild cigars of its kind on the market”. At this point in the cigar I definitely agree on this description. Each puff produces a firm punch in the sinuses due to the strength and power of the stick, but the body (mouth feel) remains mild.
The primary flavor that grabs my attention is that of Spanish Cedar. The interesting thing is that this flavor comes at me in a wave after the smoke is expelled from my mouth. It seems to hit the back of my tongue and creates a dry sensation while at the same time offering a bit of a creamy sensation at the front of my tongue. Through the sinuses I get a bold and spicy punch that fades quickly.
After roughly eighty minutes, the second third of my We The People Belicoso was coming to a close. All aspects of the cigar remained consistent from the first third and I was slowly becoming bored by the consistency.
The only noticeable change that I found was an increase in the potency of the Spanish Cedar flavor that came through in a rush after the smoke was expelled from the mouth. It left the same dry sensation on the back of my tongue while giving me a mildly creamy sensation on the front.
The draw remained the same and was a bit loose for my taste. The smoke volume was pleasing and produced a dense and flavorful smoke which was easily passed through the sinuses. The burn line was wavy and thick in spots but did not cause any ill affects on the way the cigar smoked. My biggest complaint thus far has been the flaky ash that seems to constantly drift off of the cigar and winds up everywhere but inside the ashtray.
After about an hour and twenty minutes of smoking, the final third of my We The People Belicoso was coming to a close. The body remained mild, as it was in previous thirds, and the finish had an interesting dry sensation on the back of the tongue while producing a creamy sensation on the front.
The flavor profile remained basically the same with the occasional addition of a bready taste coming in as a secondary flavor. The addition of a softer flavor was nice, but was easily overpowered by the main cedar component.
The burn line straightened up considerably and became much thinner. The ash was very powdery and made a mess each and every time I picked up the cigar. The draw remained a little loose but provided a generous supply of thick smoke.
After having met Julia and Marcus at the 2009 IPCPR Trade Show and learning that their cigar was a product made by El Titan de Bronze, I was eager to get home and start smoking them for review. I was intrigued by the packaging and thought that the presentation would appeal to a lot of people.
After learning what the MSRP was per box, I had a hard time getting over the price point. When that MSRP of $268.00 was divided out by twenty cigars, even before smoking it, that the cost of $13.40 per stick would make people shy away from it. Being one of the few full flavored mild cigars on the market, I still could not justify the price point and would surely reach for two 601 Black Labels or Oliva Connecticut Reserves in the place of a single We The People.
Cost aside, I thought that the start of this stick was very interesting but quickly became bored with its consistency. If consistency is key in your choice of cigars, this may be something worth looking into. If you have the same taste as myself, you may want to look elsewhere for your Connecticut fix.