José Blanco is the former Senior Vice President of the oldest Nicaraguan cigar company, Joya de Nicaragua, and the former Sales Director of La Aurora, the oldest Dominican cigar company still in operation. Today he is best known as a master blender of some of the most popular premium cigars on the market. José Blanco is also renowned for his highly acclaimed tasting and blending seminars throughout the country. His latest offering, the Cibao Seleccion Especial cigars, truly showcase his amazing blending skills.
Cibao Seleccion Especial cigars start with a vintage Dominican Criollo 98 binder and a combination of vintage Pilotico Cubano and Criollo ’98 fillers all grown in the famous Cibao Valley. This is a rich and fertile area northwest of Santiago that is highly regarded as the country’s source of the richest and deepest topsoil along with the perfect climate for growing tobacco. These exceptional handmade premium cigars are finished with a stunning clay-red Ecuador Habano wrapper. The cigars are available in Corona Gorda, Gordo, Robusto, and Toro , giving the aficionado a nice variety of popular sizes to choose from.
Although boasting a full-bodied profile, Cibao Seleccion Especial cigars are so creamy smooth, that even fans of mellower cigars will find them very easy to handle. It’s also the perfect line of cigars for smokers that are looking to move up a notch or two in strength.
Flavor-wise, Cibao Seleccion Especial cigars will have your taste buds running on all cylinders! After toasting and lighting one of these sweet-smelling gems, the palate is greeted with notes of butterscotch, baking spices, honey, and espresso, punctuated with a long-lasting, creamy finish. Along with great taste, the cigars top-notch construction provides a smoke that has a crisp slow burn, a solid grey ash, and a nice effortless draw.
A high-end premium cigar of this exceptional quality usually comes with a steep price tag, but you’ll be happy to know that Cibao Seleccion Especial cigars are surprisingly affordable. Be sure to order a box for a taste of Blanco’s exceptional work.