Once Christian Eiroa sold Camacho to Davidoff in 2008, everyone wondered when he would be back in the cigar business. It didn’t take too long for him to come back to form CLE in 2012 and then brought out Eiroa a year later. Earlier in 2019, they released the Eiroa Dark which uses a darker higher priming authentic corojo leaf for the wrapper. The Eiroa family is renowned for their use of authentic corojo tobacco which is not a hybrid with anything else. That being said, corojo is susceptible to disease and fungus that can destroy whole crops, but the Eiroa family, mainly Christian, are pioneers in using the best available growing practices and technology to make sure their corojo is in the top condition possible. All their corojo is grown in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras.
- Wrapper: Dark Honduran Authentic Corojo
- Binder: Honduran Authentic Corojo
- Filler: Honduran Authentic Corojo
- Factory: El Aladino
- Vitola: Robusto
- Size: 5 x 50
- MSRP: $12.75
The wrapper of the Eiroa Dark has a beautiful reddish-brown color that is very smooth. The cap looks like it was sloppily applied though. The copper and black band looks amazing especially in contrast to the shade of the wrapper. After clipping the ugly cap, I tested the draw which was a little loose, but nothing that I think will make the cigar burn too hot. I got notes of oak, leather, and spices.
I get notes of caramel, cinnamon, leather and almonds with a hint of baking spice. I get a lot more of the spices on the retrohale with some more leather notes. The draw is perfect and the cigar is full-bodied with full flavor.
In the last half, the Eiroa Dark has notes of a little more baking spices, cedar, earth, and just a hint of the almond note. I do get just a hint of a metallic note intermittently as well. The draw is really good and it is on the lower end of full-bodied.
The Eiroa Dark is a tasty cigar, but a little simplistic for my taste. The woody, spicy and nutty notes were quite good, but the complexity of flavors wasn’t quite there. Still, though, it’s a nice addition to the Eiroa line up. I just don’t think I would grab it over the Eiroa 20 Years or CBTs. It is a nice change of pace though, I would and will smoke more of them. I would love to actually try this in a corona gorda, if they ever decided to make it in that vitola. one day.