Raising the bar and revitalizing what we as consumers think of Connecticut-style blends, Caldwell Eastern Standard cigars are some of the most unique smokes on the market. This top-rated blend was released in 2014 alongside the King is Dead and Long Live the King lines, quickly catapulting Robert Caldwell and his Caldwell Cigar Company into a popular boutique company with much attention from discerning aficionados like me.
Before I had tried the Caldwell Eastern Standard, I had the impression that Connecticut blends are mellow and reserved when it comes to flavor. While I enjoy a mellow smoke in the morning and the flavor profile of Connecticut wrappers, as my palate seasoned I found myself wanting a richer, more flavorful smoke and Connecticut blends fell out of my rotation.
Caldwell Eastern Standard, however, takes that preconceived notion and flips it on its head to provide a complex symphony of spice, cocoa, leather, earth, roasted nuts, and sweet cream notes that dance on the palate with a balanced medium-bodied profile. These deliciously rich flavors come from a blend of rare, vintage tobaccos that can only be used in small batches, perfect for Caldwell’s boutique approach.
At the core, Eastern Standard starts with aged Dominican Corojo Ligero and Criollo ’98 blended with Nicaraguan Habano long fillers which are deftly packed inside a thick Dominican Corojo binder. They are completed with a top-shelf and exceptionally unique wrapper that is a hybrid between Connecticut Shade and Brazilian Mata Fina seed varietals, further adding a twist to the classic Connecticut blend.
A staple in my humidor, these gems provide the perfect profile for both novice smokers and seasoned palates alike; even the most discerning of aficionados will enjoy the good change-of-pace in flavor that Caldwell Eastern Standard delivers. Offered in several sizes and packaged in boxes of 24, set a new standard for the sticks in your collection by ordering Caldwell Eastern Standard cigars online with Cigars.com today!