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Stogie Reviews: El Primer Mundo Criollo Maduro Robusto

3 Sep 2009

El Primer Mundo Habano Criollo Maduro RobustoBefore I met Sean Williams at the IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans last month, I had never heard of El Primer Mundo Cigars. I probably should have. In its young existence, his Atlanta-based boutique manufacturer has built a loyal following, earned some impressive reviews, and achieved nationwide distribution.

Sean will be the first to tell you that none of this would have happened without his “friend and mentor,” David Blanco of Los Blancos Cigars. David’s knowledge and connections to the Plasencia family inspired Sean to pursue his dream. “Spending time with these two great families gave me a humbling insight into the tobacco business and a sincere respect for the tradition, heritage, and pride that the great tobacco families hold,” says Sean on his website.

Today, El Primer Mundo is handmade by the Plasencias in Estelí, Nicaragua, and distributed by the Blancos. The tobacco comes from Plasencia’s farms.

In the case of the Habano Criollo Maduro blend, that tobacco includes a binder from Jalapa, filler from Nicaragua and Honduras, and a dark Havana-seed maduro wrapper. The classically sized Robusto is further accented by its beautiful band and rich fragrances of honey and cocoa.

While some of the sweetness carries over to the taste, the first third is dominated by notes of coffee beans, walnuts, and bitter chocolate. A great combination, albeit lacking in balance. The thick, hearty smoke all but coats the mouth for a long, flavorful finish with each easy puff.

The midway point is where the box-pressed Robusto really shines. Just as a black pepper spice enters the equation, a sugary taste creeps in to add depth and complexity and the meandering burn starts to self-correct. Notes of charred steak and intensified spice are evident as the 70-minute smoke comes to a close.

This selection from El Primer Mundo earns my respect for its interesting flavors and decent construction. It shows promise to improve with age, which would validate its $7-8 price tag. So, in my book, the Habano Criollo Maduro Robusto earns three and a half stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: El Primer Mundo Criollo Maduro Robusto”

  1. Charlie Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 4:08 am #

    Over an hour smoke at a Robusto size… all sorts of unusual combinations of taste… a Havana-seed maduro… handsome construction… sounds like a great smoke

  2. Sean Williams Monday, September 7, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    Stogie Guys, Thanks for taking the time to give my cigar a try!! I truly appreciate your feedback.

    Good Smokin'


  3. Nevada_Don Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    I'm listen to Sean discuss his cigar with Bob McDuffy on the latest podcast of DogWatch Cigar Radio. All I can say is what a great guy. He comes across as someone who cares about his products and us the consumers. I hope that he's here to stay, and I look forward to smokin this stick!



    Carson City NV

  4. elizabeth Monday, November 22, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    hayyyy dios mio no me gusto esta pgina por que es aburrido no entiendo nada