Eastern Standard  The Silk Road by Caldwell Cigar Company  Single

Wrapper: Connecticut Hybrid Ecuadoriano (2006)
Binder: Habana Dominicano (2005)
Filler: Criollo ’98 Viso Dominicano 30% (2008), Corojo Dominicano Ligero 30% (2006) Habano Seco Nicaraguense 40% (2007)
Cream Crush: 7 1/2 x 40 (Lancero)
Price: $12.00

Eastern Standard is one of three cigars in Caldwell Cigar Company’s “Caldwell Collection”. Caldwell Cigar Company was launched by Robert Caldwell some seven months after his departure from Wynwood Cigars.

The Eastern Standard features a unique Connecticut Hybrid Ecuadoriano wrapper is what is known as “Dark Connecticut”. There is no doubt this is a darker Connecticut Shade wrapper. In fact it really is more of a natural color to it. It is actually a hybrid of Connecticut Shade and Brazilian Mata Fina.

While there are notes of cream, wood, pepper, cedar, and lemon, I found the cedar notes played a more prominent role with the Silk Road when compared to the Cream Crush.

While this cigar delivers traditional Connecticut Shade flavors of cream, wood, pepper, and cedar, there are some unique notes of lemon. I found the cedar notes almost had a “cedar nut” quality. The notes are amedium-bodied for the first half and medium to full-bodied in the second half. The strength is mild to medium before progressing to medium by the start of the second half.

To me this was good, but I found the 48 ring gauge of the Churchill “Cream Crush” did more for me.