Cigar Reviews

La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas

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BRRR! It’s cold in the desert! We are looking to see 19 degree weather the next two days with snow tonight! That being said, I decided to rough it, Canadian style, and light up this La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas Toro.

La Herencia Dos Capas

The Good Stuff: La Herencia is an exclusive brand brought to you by blended by the one and only A.J. Fernandez. A.J. is a master, and has been on a roll kicking out some of the last few years best cigars. The Dos Capas is a limited edition run and sports the same mold as the standard La Herencia Cubana which is composed from an all Nicaraguan mashup of tobacco grown in the Estelí, Condega, and Jalapa regions. The Cigar is then wrapped in a beautiful Ecuadorian Sumatra (same as the Cubana), only with a twist (pun intended). A.J. decided to have a little bit of fun and barber pole the wrapper with the Ecuadorian Sumatra and a deep, dark, Pennsylvania Broadleaf. These cigars run for $6.50 a cigar.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra/Pennsylvania Broadleaf  –  Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan  –   Body: Medium

La Herencia Dos Capas

Prelight: The La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas is a thick, rustic looking barber-pole style cigar. The wrapper is composed of two wrappers, a dark, brown oily maduro, and a medium brown, and orange oily wrapper twisted parallel around the body of thick cigar. There is only one larger vein running in both the maduro and lighter shade wrapper at around the same area. Despite being a barber pole cigar, its really durable and you can handle it pretty heavily without risking the delicate construction. The La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas is finished off with a huge, rounded, maduro double cap. The band is similar to most of the other bands in the La Herencia line. Red, brown, gold and white with a huge crest carrying the name “La Herencia Cubana” on the front, and a smoke red lion in the back.

La Herencia Dos Capas

The wrapper of the Dos Capas gives off a great, strong sweet tobacco scent while the foot gives off more of a timid chocolate and earthy aroma. The La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas cut clean and easy using my double bladed Colibri Cutter. The cold draw kicked out some nice chocolate and tobacco flavors along with a really neat earthy grain that I wasn’t really expecting.

La Herencia Dos Capas

First Smoke: The La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas starts out with just a ton of bittersweet chocolate, and sweet tobacco flavor. There is a bit underlying spice and pepper, but not a whole lot. This cigar tastes like it was dipped in melted Hershey bar. The Aroma from the stationary smoke compliments the chocolate, and tobaccos tastes perfectly. The draw is perfect, again filling my mouth with just enough thick, white smoke after only two puffs. The burnline is razor sharp and dead even leaving behind a trail of solid white and light grey ash. It will be interesting to see how well the burnline does as I get further into the cigar due to the crazy wrapper this cigar has. The ash held on for about an inch and a half before toppling into my ashtray.

La Herencia Dos Capas

Halfway There: The chocolate is still by far the dominant flavor. There is a bit more spice starting to creep its way in as well as a little cedar, and even honey. This is a sweet cigar through and through. The retrohale even produces an excellent chocolate priming with a ton of cedar mixed in there. The burnline is still perfect despite me thinking that the burn would start to go haywire at some point. The cigar is so smooth, and mild that I am feeling absolutely no nicotine even after the second third.

La Herencia Dos Capas

Finish: Even though this La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas is giving out some neat favors, it’s starting to lose my attention into the final third. It’s got some awesome flavors, chocolate, cedar, and spice, but nothing that really stands out nor are there any considerable changeups from the second third into the last. It’s a smooth, mild cigar. There is no nicotine kick, and absolutely no harshness into the final inch. The cigar took about an hour and a half to take down, and burned flawlessly with no touch ups or relights required.

La Herencia Dos Capas

Overview: This La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas is a great cigar. Well balanced, smooth, and sweet. It was just a little too smooth for my liking. This would be an excellent cigar for someone who is just starting out, or even a perfect morning smoke. I’d just stay away from it if you want a more robust, and complex experience. It’s definitely worth having around, but I wouldn’t run out and buy a box or anything.

La Herencia Dos Capas

Pairing: Since we are due for some snow in out chilly El Paso desert, I decided to pair this La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas with a New Belgium Snow Day. Snow day is an experimental Winter Warmer style ale brewed at the New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. A year or so ago, the brew masters at New Belgium became snowed into the brewery. They did exactly what any good brew master would do, brew some beer! They created an experiment. Basically they hopped the hell out of a winter warmer ale and created an interesting Pale Ale style winter brew. That’s right. Interesting enough the beer comes in at 6.2% ABV and carries a very hoppy taste similar to most pale ales, but threw in some awesome spice, cinnamon, malt, and orange to give it this special winter twang. It made for a great pairing, but the entire time I smoked the cigar I kept telling myself “Man, this thing would go perfect with some black coffee”. Try it for yourself.

La Herencia Dos Capas with New Belgium Snow Day

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.


  1. Jake

    December 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Once again, great review & great shots. I love the ones w/ the x-mas tree backgrounds. Nice job.

  2. Paul Tyler

    December 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Great review! Atta tap into your Canadian side! Sounds like barber pole wrapper performed well…do you think it really added to the overall experience of the cigar and created a unique experience or just a marketing thing? Do you see more manufacturers trying this out?

    • Tony Casas

      December 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Honestly, I don’t think it added much. It did bring in some extra sweetness from the maduro, but this same effect could have been achieved by tweeking the wrapper binder a bit. I think it has a lot of marketing built into it, but thats not a bad thing. They are excellent looking cigars and fun for really anyone to have in their humidors.

  3. jjo

    December 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    This one sounds a lot better than the Oscuro Fuerte that I tried. I may have to pick up a few for a change of pace in the morning.

    The Snow Day surprised me with that hoppy bitterness, and seemed just a little thin, which I wasn’t expecting in a dark winter ale. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but started to get used to it by the end of the six pack. I may snag another to see whether it really did grow on me. 😉

    Stay warm!

    • Tony Casas

      December 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Exactly! Not your normal Winter Warmer. I’m not a hoppy buy, but I enjoyed it. Not as much as a nice Porter or Stout, what I normally drink in the winter, but it was an interesting interpetation of your standard winter ale.

  4. czerbe

    December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Tony great Review man. The shots are amazing and that Barbar poll really looks awesome. I would love to try one of these I’ll have ot check them out on CI I guess. AJ is a master at what he does I don’t think I have had a bad stick he has done. Great job. Go Flyers

    • Tony Casas

      December 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      I have been a long running fan of AJ. Have you had the Emilio AF1/AF2? Those are DAMN good!

      • czerbe

        December 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

        I have tried the AF2 but not the AF1 I also have the Gremelkin in my Humi. Which do you think is better the 1 or the 2

        • Tony Casas

          December 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

          That’s a close one. I think the AF1 had a little edge over the AF2. It’s not as strong, but carries some awesome flavors

  5. Dan (not the one from Daniel's Hockey herf)

    December 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Nice review Tony!
    Sounds/looks like this stick is a winter winner.
    Just gotta say that throughout the review and looking at the pictures you took of this cigar. One word kept cycling through my head, “juicy”…weird.

    • Tony Casas

      December 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      HAHA! You know what, it does look kinda juicy.

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