SAINT LUIS REY HERFING CIGAR (EX. MEDIO ORIENTE 2017)
The Saint Luis Rey Herfing Cigar is a regional edition cigar, released exclusively for the Middle East. Habanos S.A. introduced these unique Saint Luis Rey Cigars during a glamorous release party held in Cyprus – full of reputable guests. Amongst the party’s highlights was a 3-D holographic projection of the cigar which, according to Phoenicia is a first for the cigar industry.
It comes in a Duke vitola – measuring at 140 mm by a ring gauge of 54.
With a medium to full-bodied smoke, the Cuban cigar is capable of producing strong and complex aromas.
After the Bolivar Double Coronas back in 2007, this is the second cigar to ever carry the Medio Orient band, making it a truly unique smoke to add to your cigar humidor.
Announced in 2017 but only released in 2019 for the Middle East only
Make sure to have some time on your hands to really appreciate this beauty
The Saint Luis Rey Herfing 2017 Middle East Regional Edition comes in a numbered semi boite nature box (only 7,500 boxes were produced) of 10 cigars with Habanos packing code SBN-UW-n-10-n-10
Length: 140 mm (5.5 inches)
Ring Gauge: 54
The Saint Luis Rey Herfing is of the same vitola, called Duke in Cuban factories, as the very popular Partagas Serie No.2, but it is a size rarely used by Habanos. It was only used seven times before, mostly for Regional Edition cigars, such as the Romeo y Julieta Duke (2009) and Bolivar Soberanos (2018). It is a beautiful cigar with pleasing proportions, 54 ring gauge, 5 ½ inches long, so its shape is classified as Robusto Extra. As every other Regional Edition, it comes with an additional Regional Edition band that reads Medio Oriente (for Middle East in Spanish). Only 7,500 boxes were made in Cuba, so it is a rare item, and it is only the first Middle East regional Edition in over ten years. The cigar itself looks nice and the wrapper has a nice Colorado brown color. It has an overall rather rustic look, the wrapper is not silky smooth, but feels slightly dry, like some very fine sandpaper, but it is of good construction nevertheless. The triple cap is beautiful, so we have great expectations about the smoking experience.
Before lighting up
At cold, there are some beautiful aromas of barnyard and forest ground. The smell is pretty powerful and very enticing.
The cold draw is good and reveals floral flavors with a good amount of spice to it.
Upon lighting up the Saint Luis Rey Herfing, the main flavors are cedar, leather, coffee and with a good amount of spices, mostly black pepper. After a few puffs, the flavor profile settles on more woodsy flavors coupled with some earthiness, coffee and leather. It feels very good on the palate, it is quite a powerful cigar so far, especially for a Cuban cigar. The mouthfeel is dry and there are now some notes of hay, nuttiness and a fair amount of pepper. The draw is good, the burn line is slightly wavy but it doesn’t affect the smoking experience and corrects itself.