Don Kiki cigars are boutique, premium cigars made in small batches with a high attention to detail. Henry “Don Kiki” Berger was the original maker of the Cinco Vegas (made for Cigar International in 1995), Golf Label of Tabacalera, Esteli, as well as many other brands that are still being made for the European market. He specifically blends the tobacco in his limited reserve cigars to draw smoothly but evenly and produce an exquisite taste. Each cigar goes through an extensive seven part labor-intensive process and is handmade by skilled craftsmen. The cigars are now produced by Esteli Cigars under Don Kiki’s direct supervision, ensuring that his tradition and legacy is upheld with an unmatched attention to detail and quality in every cigar. The small tobacco growing area where Esteli Cigars Factory is located is blessed with rich soil and the perfect climate for growing tobacco and their master cigar rollers, or torcedores, have all been trained by Cuba’s finest master rollers. Because they grow and cure their own tobacco and then make cigars within their own factory, they are able to guarantee the consistency that makes Don Kiki cigars famous. Furthermore, all cigars are made in small batches and limited quantities to maintain the same level of perfection to detail. No matter your taste preference, there is a Don Kiki Cigar for you; whether you want a mild (White Label Limited Edition or Green Label), medium (Red Label) or full body (Brown Label and Gold Label).
This cigar has a gorgeous and hearty dark wrapper with an incredibly rich pre-light aroma at the foot. There are hints of sweet earth and woody cocoa notes. The wrapper is silky smooth with some noticeable oils and a veiny appearance.
1st quarter: Right away, the cigar provided an encompassing aroma that filled the air with a very rich tobacco smell. Its draw was incredibly smooth draw with only the slightest resistance, delivering full-flavored smoke. 2nd quarter: Some spicy aroma developed through the nose. There was a lot of flavor that lingered on the finish with a sweet and earthy undertone on the palate. 3rd quarter: A very delicious aroma started early on and never let up. With its slow burn, the cigar held onto a dark gray flaky ash. The flavors continued to develop and intensify as the characters grew. 4th quarter: The cigar’s flavor and character continued to develop from start to finish. Some creamy texture appeared along with spice that lingered through to the finish. It remained very smooth despite its opening bold flavors, and it continued to develop and deliver a tremendous flavor profile.
The Don Kiki Silver Label cigar is outstanding, offering a slow burn and dense gray ash. It is a medium-full body with an aromatic, alluring aroma and full flavors. Overall, it is a very well made cigar that delivers great flavor and balance throughout.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 2 hour 10 minutes.
Size: 6 1/2” x 60.