Stogie of the Week
CLE Cuarenta Robusto
Wrapper: Honduran Habano
Size: 5 x 50
MSRP: About $5.95
CLE Cigars was started by Christian Eiora who was the former president of Camacho cigars. Three lines are cigars are currently available and manufactured in the Tabacos Ranchos factory in Honduras. More information can be found on their website.
What We Have Been Smoking
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Segment: Choosing The Right Cigar To Give
- First Time Smoker – I tend to give the first
time smoker something mild, but not completely flavorless. Sure, there
are lots of mild cigars, but the problem is if their palette is not
refined yet, they will miss all the subtle flavors. I like to give a
medium body, smaller cigar. The last thing you want is someone puking in
your smoke room. EP Carrillo, Arturo Fuente come to mind. Also, make
sure its not expensive as I find first time smokers almost never finish
a full cigar.
- The “I only smoke Cuban’s” Smoker – Here is where I
like to mix it up with someone. Give them a nice Padron, it will be so
different from what they normally smoke that they will often appreciate
it. If you want something more like a Cuban, Tatuaje comes to mind.
- Occasional Smoker – I still tend to stick with a
smaller cigar, and here is where you can up your price tag a bit. Maybe
the occasional smoker has only had some of the more popular and
reasonably priced cigars on the market. Hit them with a Davidoff and see
if they like it. Its also a change to turn them on to some of the
boutique brands, such as Viaje, Four Kicks, etc..
- Female Smoker – This is a tough one, not all women
enjoy mild non-flavored cigars, you don’t want to overpower them with
something too strong, but they may also not like flavored cigars. Go
with a small size is always best. If you go flavored, try a Java by Drew
Estate. Non-flavored try a corona size cigar that doesn’t pack too much
punch, like an EPC New Wave Connecticut.
- “I only smoke brand XYZ cigar in size ABC” Smoker –
I keep hearing about the “guy” who will only smoke Ashton Aged Maduro’s.
You know what? You can’t fault them, they know what they like and they
stick to it. While you really want them to branch out, they just like
one particular cigar. So give it to them unless they are in a mood to
try something new (which is unlikely).
- The Cigar Geek – This is one where you just have to
ask. Get the stuff in your humidor that’s aged, special, limited, not
available in their region and try to stump them. Ask them what they
like, what they want to try, and dig deep to find it.
- “I Smoke Those Cigars From The Gas Station” Smoker
– This person does not deserve a cigar from your humidor, so you can
either tell them you are all out of smokes or give them something you
are trying to get rid of.
- The “Rocky Patel” Smoker – Many smokers will order
from popular online shops, and smoke the everyday type cigars. 5 Vegas
comes to mind, along with Rocky Patel. Here is a change to wow them with
a boutique brand, or a Cuban perhaps.
Contest: Five pack of CLE Cuarenta Robusto’s
Question: What does CLE stand for and why was the name Cuarenta chosen for this cigar?
Congratulations to Rudy R. who correcty answered;
CLE stands for Christian Luis Eiroa and Cuarenta means “40” in spanish. The cigar was called Cuarenta because it was launched in tribute of Eiroa’s 40th birthday.