The Flor de Farach Conchas is mentioned almost nowhere online, and even people who know quite a bit about pre-embargo cigars know almost nothing.
It was produced sometime in the 1930s in Cuba, and they are not easy to find. I am also fairly certain it is another vitolas in the same brand as the Farach Farachitos I reviewed, albeit about 20 years earlier.
In fact, Christie’s of London had a box for auction back in November of 2009, and here is what was said of it…
Flor de Farach Conchas (4 5/8 inches by 44 ring gauge) from the 1930s, wrapped in cellophane and in a box of 25, estimated to bring $2,111 to $3,167.
- Name of Cigar Reviewed: Flor de Farach Conchas
- Country of Origin: Cuba
- Wrapper: Cuba
- Binder: Cuba
- Filler: Cuba
- Size: 4 5/8 inches
- Ring Gauge: 44
- Shape: Perfecto
- Est. Price: $100
- Date Produced: 1930’s
The cigar itself still has evidence of a box-press and has a very light brown wrapper that is very dry to the touch, and smells quite a bit like old wood. It is still quite firm when squeezed and my cold draw picked out no flavors other than very old tobacco.
As the cigar begins, I taste a bit of pepper, along with some leather and old wood that could have been oak. I am a bit surprised by the amount of flavor in the first third, as most of the tastes in cigars this old are usually fairly muted.
The second third is where this specific cigar shines. The pepper increases quite a bit, and while the overtly dominant flavor is the same leather and old wood, I also detect a very slight flavor of sweet vanilla. It combines wonderfully with the rest of the aforementioned flavors.
Unfortunately, the final third falls apart on me. The pepper disappears totally and the sweet vanilla flavor also hit the road, so all I am left with was a woody, leathery mess. Not a horrible combination by any means, but not even close to as interesting as the second third.
- As with almost every single one of the vintage cigars I have reviewed, the draw and burn were astoundingly dead-on for the whole cigar. That cannot be coincidence, but I am at a loss to explain it. Were cigars just rolled better back then? Is it due to the small sizes, or the age itself?
- The Flor de Farach Conchas had one of the driest finishes I have ever had.
- It did get a bit hot at the end, but it also produced an amazing amount of spicy smoke for such a small cigar.
- Final smoking time was one hour and five minutes.
This was the best vintage cigar that I have smoked so far, due mostly to that middle third. Without that, it would have been just another average cigar. As I mentioned, the burn and draw were absolute perfection and it was a true pleasure to smoke.I am constantly amazed that cigars this old keep any flavor at all.