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Casa Turrent Origins Miami

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In recent years, Casa Turrent has been paying tribute to significant years in the company’s history, notably the birth years of those who have sat at the helm of the company. This year, it is time to honor places, or as the company puts it, it Orígenes.

It is doing so with a collection of four cigars, each named for a place of important in the company’s journey: Cuba, San Andrés, Nicaragua and Miami. Each is released in a 5 1/2 x 54 robusto extra vitola, comes priced at $7 per cigar, and is offered in 12-count boxes.

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What is different, is the blends, highlighted a quartet of leaves for the wrappers:

  • Miami—Mexican Sun Grown Connecticut
  • Cuba—Mexican Criollo, 4th Priming
  • Nicaragua—Mexican San Andrés Negro
  • Mexico—Mexican San Andrés Colorado
While many cigars that come with Mexican-grown wrappers simply list them as being from the San Andrés region, specific varietals are rarely disclosed, something that is done in this instance. Of particular note is the wrapper on the Miami version, a Connecticut seed grown in Mexico.
As you might be aware, the production of Connecticut seed tobacco has shifted largely from the United States to Ecuador for a number of reasons, economics being a primary one. However, there are also climate and soil differences that lead to tobacco that does taste different, and which some could say even better. But it’s not just Ecuador where those seeds are trying to be grown—besides the Turrent in Mexico, the Plasencias have growing operations in Nicaragua where Connecticut seed is being grown and is soon to be released on a new Romeo y Julieta line.
Beyond that, there is plenty of Mexican tobacco to be found throughout the binders and fillers of the four blends. In the case of the Origins Miami, it uses Mexican San Andrés criollo for the binder and part of the filler, along with tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Sumatra.

The line was first introduced at the InterTabac 2018 trade show in Dortmund, Germany, but would make its U.S. debut the following year at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

  • Cigar Reviewed: Casa Turrent Origins Miami
  • Country of Origin: Mexico
  • Factory: Nueva Matacapan de Tabacos S.A. de C.V.
  • Wrapper: Mexico (Sun Grown Connecticut)
  • Binder: Mexico (San Andrés Criollo)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Mexico (San Andrés Criollo) & Nicaragua
  • Length: 5 1/2 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • MSRP: $7 (Box of 12, $84)
  • Release Date: August 2019
  • Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

The first thing that struck me about the Casa Turrent Origins Miami is the wrapper, as its well-tanned hue looks nothing like the kind of Mexican-grown leaf I would expect to find on a release from the company. The wrapper has an interesting texture to the fingers, as I can feel its elasticity and thickness, while it gives a somewhat dry and parchment-like tactile first impression. Some samples are also quite vein-laden, with several seemingly the entire network visible on cigar. The cigar is rolled fairly firmly and generally consistent in that regard, though it’s a bit softer than what I’ve come to associate as the norm lately, reminding me a bit of a Cuban with their amount of give. The foot of the cigar is pretty neutral, with a bit of dry tobacco and cereal grains present across the samples and hints of peanuts, cream and white toast making occasional appearances. The cold draw is near ideal in terms of airflow and offers a bit of creaminess and more cereal grains but not much outright sweetness or pepper, with one sample kicking in a bit of sourdough bread.

Much like the visual appearance of the Casa Turrent Origins Miami isn’t what I’d expect from the company, the first puffs aren’t exactly either, though they are closer. There seems to be some Mexican terroir coming through at the base of the blend, but it’s certainly not dominated by those flavors. Toast and pepper join in both quickly and significantly by the time the burn line is about a third of an inch up the cigar, further taking the profile into an area that I wouldn’t associate with the Turrent profile. The latter has me thinking more Nicaragua tobacco, but as soon as that note establishes and registers, a sweet and spicy combination comes along that has me trying to figure out this new arrival. Pepper through the nose is abundant and fairly potent, and that’s before taking a retrohale in earnest; when that happens it just increases the effect. The cigar burns very well through the first third, checking all the usual boxes.

The start of the second third sees the Casa Turrent Origins Miami’s smoke get a bit softer on the senses, more that it is filling out than settling down, as pepper is still quite prevalent and potent. There’s a bit more of a bread note here, leaning towards sourdough when it is at its most distinct. The pepper comes back to full strength right around the midpoint, potent to the nose if you’re sensitive and certainly worthy of caution otherwise. There’s a slightly rocky spin on the earth in the undertones, bringing about a bit of a rougher profile but keeping the overall experience enjoyable, staying in the medium-plus to medium-full range in both strength and flavor. Burn, draw and smoke production are all quite good. 

While it’s not a complete up-and-down in terms of flavor and intensity, the Casa Turrent Origins Miami seems to be finding itself in a back-and-forth pattern of ramping up and backing off how much the cigar has to offer. The final third starts with a bit of a decline, shedding some of the heavier earth notes in favor of lighter, softer bread notes, this time without the sourdough spin but more of a typical white bread flavor. There’s still plenty of pepper to be found, and at varying spots the nicotine strength registers in my system, adding a more pronounced physical reaction to the experience. Other than a bit more heat in the profile, the final inches of the Casa Turrent Origins Miami stay very enjoyable, with no technical or other issues.

Final Notes

  • Every so often, we reference a cigar being better suited to a specific time of day, and in this case, the Casa Turrent Origins Miami seemed to fit best in the afternoon or early evening. It’s a bit much for a first cigar of the day, and the one I smoked at the end of the day had me feeling a bit wiped out.
  • I bring that up because if you knew this was a Connecticut-wrapped cigar, you might think otherwise. This is definitely not the typically mild Connecticut profile.
  • It’s important to remember that there are a lot of people working on all sorts of innovations in tobacco growing, whether it be hybrid seeds, growing seeds in new or previously unusable regions, nutrient delivery, irrigation, monitoring and so on. While tobacco growing is certainly rooted in manual labor, there are lots of people bringing into the modern era.
  • I have to admit that I don’t really think of the Turrents as having ties to places beyond Mexico, but certainly they do. I hope they are able to use this line to continue to tell their story and develop the brand, which I’ve always found to be under appreciated in the market.
  • Regrettably I have not yet had the chance to smoke the other blends in the Origins line, though I certainly look forward to doing so soon.
  • Alejandro Turrent was featured in our Portraits series in March 2017.
  • The cigars for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
  • Final smoking time was one hours and 45 minutes on average.
  • Site sponsors Famous Smoke Shop and STOGIES World Class Cigars carry the Casa Turrent Origins Miami.
89 Overall Score

Due to a bit of confusion as to the blend of this cigar, I had no idea what tobaccos were used prior to lighting it up. In fact, I had no idea until just a few hours before this review was scheduled to run. As such, while I figured the Casa Turrent Origins Miami wasn't wrapped in a typical leaf grown in the San Andrés region of Mexico, I had no idea it was a sun grown Connecticut leaf. Much like having a magic trick explained, the cigar's profile made a lot more sense looking back on it. The fuller body that grounds the cigar and the prominent pepper are both easily attributable to the binder and filler, seemingly in particular the criollo leaf from the San Andrés region. Yet the softer notes—breads, sweetness, creaminess—now have a logical source in that Connecticut wrapper. Needless to say I am quite impressed by the end result, though I still have to figure out just when it makes the most sense to enjoy this cigar. It is a bit fuller than I like to start my day with, and has enough strength to bring a long day to an abrupt close. But I have little doubt that once I find a time to smoke more of them, I almost certainly will.

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Patrick Lagreid
About the author

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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