Caldwell Selección Junior Varsity Murcias
Caldwell Selección Junior Varsity Murcias Corona (5.75 x 41)
Wrapper: San Andres Mexico
Filler: Undisclosed Dominican
Blenders: Henderson and William Ventura, Robert Caldwell
Robert Caldwell is back. Formerly from Wynwood cigars, Caldwell is now Making cigars under his own name in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera Ventura. This re-entry into the cigar world is not marked by a single line of cigars to test the water. This return is marked by Two lines of cigars each consisting of three blends. Apparently, its “go big or go home” at Caldwell cigars.
The Premium line is known as the Caldwell Collection. The budget line is called Selección Junior Varsity. The latter has goals of being a bit less expensive and maybe not as refines while still encompassing the quality and spirit of their premium line. Each of the JV blends has a name inspired by Spain. The Murcias is named for a city in Southeastern Spain.
The Murcia was originally designed and created as factory blend for Tabacalera Ventura. It is now released to the public wherever Caldwell Cigars are found at a price that is easy on the wallet.
The Murcias looks a little rough. The wrapper has a mildly wrinkled look and feel to it. The heavy tooth does not help the tactile impression. The Color is a rich brown, but it is not exceedingly dark. It has a pigtail cap that looks as if it has been smashed flat while in the box. The band is black and gold and red, featuring two crossed cannons both firing.
There is a slight give to this cigar but it it is not seem soft enough to be an issue. The lick on the cap is oily with a light spice. A clip with a double guillotine is quick and easy. The draw that is revealed is licorice ans spice. The draws is on the firm side, a bit too firm actually.
Light with a soft flame
the first few puffs are rich earth with a bit of a cedar undertone. The retrohale is almost all of the cedar comes through. The finish is a cedar note as well but its much flatter and lingers on a bit longer than expected.
As the cigar settles in, a bit of a mesquite flavor comes out. It is very mild but it seems to work well with the earth notes. The finish does continue to linger an exceptionally long time with a bit of spice working its way in.
the middle third does not seem to have much more development. The flavors just seem a little sweeter than the first third and maybe hint at citrus. The touch of spice late in the finish is still there and it seems that it is picking up a texture, meaning that if the spice picks up more it may become harsh. Beyond that the cigar is enjoyable, relatively not complex, but enjoyable.
The final third is similar but the elements that edge it to a touch of harsh are increasing. The burn has been decent the entire way. No touch up lights are needed but the burn is hardly perfect. The good news is that when the burn strays, even greatly, it tends to correct itself.
The cigar ends with the smoke heating up.
Burn to the nub
time: 1 hour 45 min.