Kuuts, LLC – Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend
Kuuts, LLC is no newcomer to Casas Fumando. The crew here has reviewed their Tabacalera Zapata, Placeres Reserva, and Miro, as well as the special edition Miro Lancero. At this year’s IPCPR Annual Convention and International Trade Show, Kuuts announced their fourth line, Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend, which I will be reviewing today.
Produced in Jacaleapa, Honduras at Compania Hondurena de Tabacos, Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend is available in five vitolas: Momentos (4 by 48), Pequenos (4 1/2 by 58), Robusto (5 by 52), Toro (6 by 52), and Gordo Especial (7 by 60).
Samples Provided by Kuuts, LLC
Price: $6.10 at Famous Smoke Shop
Size: 6 by 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 35 Minutes
The veiny and bumpy Ecuadorian Habano leaf is medium brown in color with a dry appearance. Against the tips of my fingers, the wrapper feels just as dry. Softly pinching the cigar, I do not find any soft spots and the cigar is firmly filled all the way through. There is not much in the aroma department off of the wrapper, while the foot gives off mild notes of tobacco, cedar, pepper, and raisin.
A triple cap rounds out the Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend. The draw has a perfect amount of resistance, and some potpourri spice and rich cedar are on the cold draw. Also, a slight spice sting is felt on the lips.
Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend is beginning with a mild to medium profile with some pepper, wet wood, and a sour quality, possibly lemon zest. I actually find the sour quality to be intriguing and fitting in the profile. The spice jumps out on the retrohale causing me to almost sneeze, accompanied by some pencil-shaving notes.After an inch of burn, the woodsy notes build in richness. A beautiful ash is being formed as the cigar burns mostly even.
While the sour quality is still there, it has moved behind the other flavors that have gained ground in the profile. Sweet tobacco, a nuttiness, and toasted bread join the earlier flavors of wood and pepper. The toasted notes are at the forefront of the finish of the smoke. The added sweetness is bringing a very nice balance to the profile. The burn is a bit out of whack midway through the second third requiring a quick touch-up.
After an hour and ten minutes of smoking, I make my way to the final third of the Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend. The last third is rich and sweet. The toasted quality remains on the finish accompanied by a chocolate sweetness. The cigar reached the medium realm in the second third and remains a solid medium as the cigar begins to wind down.
For a cigar coming in around $6, a very reasonably priced cigar in my book, Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend is a solid offering. The profile was well balanced, rich, and sweet with a core of cedar and pepper. The cigar performed well with a perfect draw, satisfying amount of smoke, decent burn, and a fairly nice ash. I can wholeheartedly recommend a five pack purchase of the Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend. I know I will snatching a few more up as well.