Saint Luis Rey Cazadore…Mystery Cigar

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I picked up a box of these for forty bucks during JR's "12 Days of Christmas" promo last year. I can find no description of an SLR Reserva Especial Cazadore anywhere, excepting the Cuban SLR, and the new version which I can find listed only on the JR Cigar website. I can safely trust that this is not Cuban, and the description of the new line differs from this one. So I honestly have no idea what the components of this stick are, but that will not stop me from guessing.

It's a churchill or double corona in size, at 7 x 48. The new SLR double corona is shorter and the churchill is fatter, so "Cazadore" is not an alternative frontmark for either of those. The review descriptions of the "new" SLR double corona are that is mild to medium in body, (though the company publicity says it is "full flavored"); this Cazadore is full bodied from the start.

The new version is a four country blend, while the old version was a Honduran puro. JR Cigars carries a new version of the cazadore that measures 6.75 x 48, and arrives in black semi-boite boxes. These came in a paper-covered flip top box. An enigma wrapped in a mystery… Based on the flavor profile, I'm going to guess this is the old blend.

There is a roundness to Honduran cigars that I really enjoy, and this one has that same quality. It's a woody, spicy smoke with a nice bite to it. The draw is good, and the ash is somewhat flaky. It's certainly a heavyweight cigar. I put it down after the 1/3 point and returned to it a few minutes later after attending to some things in the house and finding a suitable beverage to accompany the last few inches. Re-lit, it burned and tasted like I never put it down.

If you've been following these posts you know I'm a little bit compulsive about knowing the minute details of the cigars I enjoy. My research into the Cazadore has left me dangling. If only Sherlock Holmes were here.

"The writing on the wall was done with a man's forefinger dipped in blood. My glass allowed me to observe that the plaster was slightly scratched in doing it, which would not have been the case if the man's nail had been trimmed. I gathered up some scattered ash from the floor. It was dark in colour and flakey — such an ash as is only made by a Trichinopoly. I have made a special study of cigar ashes — in fact, I have written a monograph upon the subject. I flatter myself that I can distinguish at a glance the ash of any known brand, either of cigar or of tobacco. It is just in such details that the skilled detective differs from the Gregson and Lestrade type."

A Study in Scarlet

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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