I picked up this cigar in a downtown Las Vegas cigar shop — it was a pretty stick and I had some change jingling in my pocket, so I bit the lure. I had never heard of the Eureka brand, and I've come to learn that there's precious little information posted about it. What little I've been able to find is from cigarcylopedia.com
What caught my eye in the cigar shop was the pedigree posted on each individually signed box– it's a Costa Rican puro made in Puriscal. Having had some good experiences with Costa Rican maduro (the best maduro leaf in my opinion) I couldn't resist an encounter with a CR puro.
The roll on this cigar is solid, and the prelight scent is fairly mild. The draw is quite firm, but there might be a reason for this: the foot on this cigar is flagged and the flag is folded over the foot like so:
The flag burns up quickly and helps initiate an even burn that continues to the end. What strikes me first about this cigar is how mild it is. The dark oily wrapper is a ruse– this is an extremely mild smoke.
So mild, in fact, that is has little taste, and absolutely no aftertaste. On the other hand, it has a fantastic maduro aroma. What a curious cigar… What little taste I can detect is sweet, and slightly metallic. At one point I think it's almost like cotton candy, with a little licorice. All the while, the aroma is a rich and smoky coffee/cocoa combo I would expect from a good maduro. Fascinating: a super-light maduro.
The construction is very good: a uniformly even burn with a crumbly gray ash and a smooth easy draw. The cherry on this cigar forms a perfect pyramid shape with a sharp point. Everything about this stick is unusual.
The last few inches are a little bitter, but not unpleasantly so.
The Eureka, in this form at least, is too mild for my taste, but it's a well made cigar worth picking up just for an unusual experience. The rich maduro aroma coupled with its super mild body is totally bizarre. This is the "Silver" version, the mildest of their three blends. I might continue my experimentation with one of the bolder varieties if they can still be found.