So I am slowly but surely making my way through samples received at IPCPR. I decided to share another this week. This weeks review is the Regius White Label. This cigar is made in the Dominican Republic at the Matasa factory and has a Dominican Habano wrapper with Dominican binder and filler. It is medium to full in strength and full in body. Lets see what else the Regius White Label has to offer.
It has a slightly toothy, reddish brown wrapper and impeccable construction. Notes of hay and earth emanate from the wrapper as well as subtle spice and a sweetness. The cold draw is a bit right but I notice cedar and earth. Once lit, the first notes that hit my palate are a cedary spice mingling with wood followed by a finish of sweet hay.
After my first few puffs, the cigar progresses to add a hint of pepper and cedar on the back of the palate transforming to earth and sweet hay. There is also a slight nutmeg like spice note which is also noticeable in the retrohale. It leaves a dry feeling on the palate with an after taste of rich wood. After a half inch, the notes of pepper strengthen and I also pick up a sweet floral taste and aroma. The draw is still a bit tight but the burn is practically perfect. All the notes so far are far from subtle, yet have a great balance. The pepper starts to linger, leaving my palate with a tingling sensation.
Into the second third, the wood and hay become most noticeable. The spice moves into the background with floral notes also more pronounced. There’s a hint of citrus which is also in the retrohale along with spice and floral notes. It picks up a smoky note as well as anise on the back of the palate about halfway through. At the conclusion of the the middle third, the spice and wood strengthen. It loses it’s hint of sweetness and citrus notes but the hint of anise remains in the finish of each draw.
The concluding third of the Regius White label brings notes of wood to the front of the palate with spice lingering on the back of the palate. Anise remains in the aftertaste. The retrohale is a bit milder in spice and has some cedar notes. The draw has really opened nicely as I’ve continued to smoke. The burn at this point is a touch uneven but nothing to bother with.
Upon selecting this cigar for review I had absolutely no expectation but was very pleasantly surprised with the first impressions. This is one I will look forward to delving into a bit deeper and smoking more of. The first third was the most complex and the most flavorful. The second and final thirds were also very flavorful and maintained a medium to full strength. I’m crossing my fingers that I can locate more of these fairly easily and try more from the Regius brand.