After a successful freshmen release of their Cuchillo Parado (now part of the Revolutionary Edition) line at PCA 2021, Casa 1910 added a new line this year called the Cavalry Edition. This new line is an homage to the horses and the men that rode them during the Mexican Revolution. The idea behind the name takes the inspiration from the fact that Mexican horses are the result of a mixture of breeds, so with the cigar, the company used a mix of tobaccos from different countries that it describes as being “as vigorous as the horses that carried the revolutionaries to victory.” The Casa 1910 Cavalry Edition comes in three vitolas: Lucero (6 x 54) $17.49, As de Oro (6 x 54) $16.89, and Jilguero (6 x 60) $17.89.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
The Lucero and As de Oro both measure 6 x 54, but the Lucero is a torpedo and the As de Oro is a toro. Both of those sizes use the same blend of an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés negro binder, and seco and viso from Jalapa, viso from Ometepe, and ligero from Estelí filler. The last size, Jilguero, uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper, Estelí binder, and seco and viso from Jalapa along with ligero from Estelí for filler.
The company describes all three new cigars in the line as medium to full bodied. Each size takes a name from a famous horses. As de Oro, which translates to “gold ace”, was the horse of Emiliano Zapata, an important figure in the Mexican Revolution, and was the horse he rode in his last battles. Lucero comes from a mare by the name of Siete Leguas, a horse that belonged to Pancho Villa and was known for a white spot between her eyes known as a lucero. Jilguero was another horse that belonged to Pancho Villa, and was a dark stallion known for hauling heavy loads thanks to its strength and fitness.
Casa 1910 does not share the factory where their cigars are rolled, but they do disclose the country. While the Revolutionary Edition, which includes their original release, is rolled in Mexico, the Cavalry Edition is rolled in Nicaragua. Each cigar in the Cavalry Edition line is meant to be paired with a different spirit chosen by their blender, Manolo Santiago. The Lucero is recommended to be paired with a Speyside single malt Scotch, the As de Oro with an aged Nicaraguan rum, and the Jilguero with bourbon.
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Blender: Manolo Santiago
Number of reviewers: 5 – Mickey T. (irratebass) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf) Alan (Eulogy) John A. (Bostoneo) Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Age: 2 Months
Release Date: August 2022
Contributed by: Casa 1910
Initial Impressions – Casa 1910 Cavalry Edition As de Oro
“This sample is presented to me in a solidly built toro format and is sporting a Colorado shade wrapper leaf with slight mottling and a few prominent veins. The cap is tightly attached if a bit crooked, and the cigar feels really heavy in my hand.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Musty and earthy, the wrapper doesn’t give up the most pleasant aroma but with cigars, that is usually a good thing.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“The draw is way too tight and is choking the smoke output. There is notes of cream, leather, baking spice, and mild pepper. Reminds me of a very Dominican profile.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“The first puffs of this cigar are subtle and complex, with buttery smooth smoke on the palate and through the nose. The beginning flavors are smooth, yet meaty, reminiscent of a well spiced venison. On the finish the spices shine, leaving me with buttery cardamom. ” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“The peanut butter on whole wheat lunch continues until the halfway point. Things switch up to some warm baking spices at this time. ” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“The second third approaches me and graces my mouth with wonderful medium based flavors of mainly cream, nuts, with a small amount of pepper on the backend delights me. As I near the end of this third, flavors begin ramping up a bit more in body with notes slowly moving from a dominate cream base to more of a delicious cashew flavor.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“Butter and white pepper mixed at the beginning of this third. I am picking up sugar on my lips and palate. The popcorn has returned! Every now and then I pick up a laundry room or linen type of element. Lots of salt on my lips.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“The final portion of the cigar has the charred wood completely disappearing and a re-emergence of the buttery cardamom spice. The venison notes never returned but the spice notes evolved beyond cardamom and became rich fall baking spices with nutmeg and cinnamon on the finish and left my palate slick with buttery richness.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
Overall Impressions – Casa 1910 Cavalry Edition As de Oro
“As firmly packed as this is, it is no surprise that the draw is on the snug side.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“For the most part the burn on this sample was on point and even. I did choose to correct one significant wobble in the middle portion but it may have corrected itself with more patience from me.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Bunched too tight causing draw issues. Looked well made otherwise with tight seams and a large double cap.” –Alan (Eulogy)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 91
“Overall this cigar was really good despite it’s faults. I got mostly popcorn flavors along with butter and both white & black pepper…..more white than black though. Late in the cigar my lips were coated with salt. I just wished the draw and burn behaved. I would definitely pick up more of these, maybe a fiver. I would like to smoke this while watching a movie and replacing this for my popcorn fix.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“This cigar took me on a long, and pleasantly spicy journey and I appreciate it! The way it introduced itself to my palate and then journeyed from relatively mild, to pretty full, and back into medium strength was interesting and enjoyable. I could see myself smoking these when I have the time and would recommend it to pretty much anyone.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“The draw really hurt the overall experience choking the smoke output. The notes are good and a classic Dominican profile. It is good and I would give it another shot.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Overall, this was a solid smoking cigar with a good medium bodied and strength-based profile. Constructions, draw, and burn performed fairly well as this smoke required a little more babysitting on the burn then most cigars do. Wonderful creamy notes took mainstage alongside leather, pepper, and nutty notes played smaller parts. This cigar is an easy recommendation or something that won’t blow your head off with big flavors, but not light enough to potentially bore you. In short, a perfectly balanced cigar to keep you interested in the nuances it provided. Two thumbs up!” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“I enjoyed the flavor profile, although it wasn’t the most exciting. The majority of the session it was strong enough to enjoy and that counts for something. I’m always apprehensive of cigars that are filled as much as this one was. You would think that means better bang for your buck, but it typically doesn’t translate to that. Between that and the lack of complexity, not sure I will be seeking this one out either.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 110
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