I was given a handful of Cusano cigars a couple months ago by the rep known as @Zevffrey on Twitter...back when he worked for a company different than the one he works for now. I have published a new "Cigar Extra" feature each week in April for these cigars and this is the final installment of the series. Perhaps he will favor us with "The @Zevffrey Collection, Part Deux" some day...full of Liga Privadas from his current employer, hopefully! :)
Robusto, 5" x 50 ring gauge / approx. $10
Saving the best (or at least the most obscure) for last, today I turn my attention to the Cuvee Grand 2010. When writing this I could find virtually nothing about this cigar online. I know it is made by Cusano (a part of the Davidoff empire). One site said they were limited to 2,000 boxes, but also described it a Connecticut Shade wrapper, which was pretty plainly untrue. End result--I have a cigar I know very little about--so I'll almost be doing a "blind review." The cigar was fairly lumpy and mottled; the bands, though, were cool and classy in silver and black. I got notes of earth and wood on the wrapper and more wood along with natural tobacco on the foot.
I got an earthy/woodsy flavor from the Cuvee Grand that once again reminded me of some Davidoff products, perhaps one of the Avo line. The similarities continued after lighting as I got that wet forest/mushroom flavor underlying a toastiness and roasted nut flavor. The flavors were good, especially if you enjoy that Davidoff-specific profile, but the construction proved once again to be a little less than Davidoff-quality as the ash started getting crumbly at about half an inch.
As the last third began, I started getting a cayenne pepper burn. Overall, I liked the Cuvee Grand 2010, but I am not sure it is a $10 cigar. Definitely a step above the other Cusanos I smoked for this series, but not quite rising to the level of its price tag. Once again, I would like to thank Mr. Z for sharing the cigars with me so I could share them with you.
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