IPCPR 2019: Caoba

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Caoba is a brand that has been in business in the Dominican Republic since 1992, but has previously not had a focus on sales within the United States.

That all changed when Adam Zuber, who had frequented the DR and fell in love with these cigars, convinced the company to allow him to start a distribution company dedicated to bringing these cigars to America. While its booth was towards the back of the show floor, it was right off the aisle our bunker was on, so I got to first hand see the decent amount of traffic they were getting daily. This was even more evident as by the time I visited their booth, most boxes were so low on cigars I had to shoot photos of singles instead of a full box. While most of the cigars they are offering are not new to them, it is the first time they have been offered for sale in the U.S.

Caoba Unique

The one new blend they were showing off is the Caoba Unique. It comes in two slightly different blends, with the Suave being billed as a mild, smooth smoke and the Medio being a slightly stronger, though still mild introduction to its brand.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Caoba Unique Medio (5 3/4 x 60) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Caoba Unique Suave (5 3/4 x 60) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Caoba Diamante

As Zuber was telling me about the different blends, he mostly referred to them in terms of their strength. The Diamante is supposed to be one of its stronger, more bold options.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
    • Caoba Diamante Esplesdido (5 3/4 x 60) — $9 (Box of 24, $216)
    • Caoba Diamante Robusto (5 x 50) — $8 (Box of 24, $192)
    • Caoba Diamante Torpedo (6 x 52) — $10 (Box of 24, $240)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Caoba Gran Reserva

The Gran Reserva is an aged cigar offering from Caoba. Each cigar was rolled in 2007 using tobacco from the 2004/2005 crop. It’s the company’s only limited production offering.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Caoba Gran Reserva Esplendido (6 3/4 x 54) — $18 (Box of 20, $360)

Production: 1,000 Boxes of 20 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: July 2019 

Caoba Magnificos

Also a Mexican San Andrés wrapped cigar, the Magnificos is billed as a medium to strong bodied cigar.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Caoba Magnificos Torpedo #54 (6 x 54) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Caoba Magnificos Torpedo #60 (5 3/4 x 60) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Origen Dominicano

Officially the Origen Dominicano line, these are also called the Don Series. It is also notably the only line that doesn’t carry the Caoba moniker in front. According to Caoba’s website, Don Julio Pérez Gonzáles was the founder of the factory that produces Caoba.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Don Julio (7 1/4 x 54) — $14 (Box of 20, $280)
  • Don Manuel (6 x 52) — $13 (Box of 20, $260)
  • Don Mario (5 1/5 x 54) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Caoba Oro

The Oro is a mild to medium cigar.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Caoba Oro Esplesdido (6 3/4 x 47) — $9 (Box of 24, $216)
  • Caoba Oro Robusto (5 x 50) — $8 (Box of 24, $192)
  • Caoba Oro Torpedo (6 x 52) — $10 (Box of 24, $240)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Caoba Platino

The Platino line is another mild to medium cigar.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Caoba Platino Esplesdido (6 3/4 x 47) — $9 (Box of 24, $216)
  • Caoba Platino Robusto (5 x 50) — $8 (Box of 24, $192)
  • Caoba Platino Torpedo (6 x 52) — $10 (Box of 24, $240)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Caoba Quisqueyano

The Quisqueyano is the company’s only Dominican puro and is supposed to be a medium-bodied cigar.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Yamasá)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Caoba Quisqueyano Esplendido #54 (6 3/4 x 54) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • Caoba Quisqueyano Toro #54 (5 3/4 x 54) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

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Brian Burt
About the author

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010 I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion. Besides my cigar hobby and job in the IT industry, my wife and I love traveling, trying new restaurants and relaxing at home with our two dogs.

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