Santos de Miami ‘Haven’ commissioned by La Tradicion Cubana on behalf of Jameson Cigars Inc. The Haven is a 6″x54rg extreme box pressed parejo with a pig tail finish to the head. The Santos de Miami frontmark are released in ten count boxes, adorned with art deco bands, and are Dominican puros (the sole specified tobacco in the blend is the binder, which is a Criollo from ’98) from appearances sake the wrapper resembles a Sumatran rosado.

The Dominican wrapper smells of bell peppers, currants, hickory, mesquite, mocha, peat, sea salt, and white peppercorns; and tastes of cedar, cinnamon, coffee cubano, cumin, grapefruit, mahogany, red bell peppers, tarragon, and white chocolate.

The toasted foot smells of apricots, caramel, cashews, cocoa, dill, espresso beans, fresh fennel, molasses, ouzo, persimmons, rhubarb, and vanilla beans.

From a tactile and textural standpoint the Haven is smooth to the touch, flawlessly rolled and pressed all veins have been stripped down and lay smooth along the wrapper.

Off of the lit draw come hints of anise, butter, caramel, 60% cacao, chicory, coffee cubano, fennel, Madeira, oak, oregano, paprika, sea salt, thyme, and white peppercorns. The ash bears a common salt & pepper complexion, and rings in two millimeter bands.

About twenty minutes through the first inch, and I’m quick to decide that this is a fulfilling and sweet medium bodied and medium strength cigar. The smoke is bone white in color; the smoke smells of butter cream, caramel, cocoa, coffee cubano, peat, thyme, and white chocolate.

The Haven holds an incredible ash.

The recently tapped off ash on the foot reveals a pronounced cone of ligero at the three inch mark roughly an hour in, since lighting.

The body picks up towards full, with hints of anise, cinnamon, hickory, jalapeño peppers, mahogany, mesquite, molasses, oak, peat, sea salt, tarragon, and white peppercorns. Off of my lips I taste cocoa, espresso beans, and sea salt.

An hour and a half later, with roughly two and a quarter inches, the body really picks up with hints of black peppercorns, 75% cacao, coffee cubano, espresso beans, fennel, green peppers, mahogany, Madeira, oak, oregano, paprika, peat, and sea salt.

Check out Jameson Cigars’ website in the near future to see if they’ll be selling them by the box. These Medium-Full bodied, medium strength cigars are quite pleasant and last around two hours. They are on par with Davidoff’s Gran Cru frontmark.

Received from Luis M. Sanchez of La Tradicion Cubana for purpose of review on 1/31/11; 1336 SW 8th Street, Miami, Fl, 33135.