Wrapper: Nicaraguan Rosado (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Ometepe, Esteli), Honduran (Jamastran)
Queen: 5 3/4 x 52
Affinity is currently one of three premium long filler offerings by Royal Gold Cigars and four cigars overall. Royal Gold Cigars is a division of Swisher International, and it marks Swisher’s return into the hand-made premium cigar market. The company has taken an interesting approach by partnering with different factories in the major cigar producing countries. With the case of the Casino Gold H.R.S., Royal Gold Cigars goes to Honduras to team up with Nestor Plasencia to produce this blend.
Note only was this a flavorful cigar, but it had a really different profile. I picked notes of raisin sweetness, exotic spice, floral, earth and pepper. The flavors start out medium-bodied but progress to medium to full. The strength also follows a similar pattern.
Overall great flavor, excellent construction, nice complexity and great value. Easily worth a box split.
* Sample provided by Royal Gold Cigars