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Caldwell Eastern Standard Sungrown Robusto.

Brand History  

Caldwell Cigar Company was created in 2014 with a very simple agenda: to create special cigars using well aged rare tobaccos and to enjoy the hell out of what we do. We are a business built on friendship and fun. Our goals will always be: Creation , Innovation & Ambition.

Caldwell products are built using very well aged and rare tobaccos. We use such aged tobacco to provide year-over-year consistency in flavor and experience. Tobacco is a crop just like everything else; It has its seasons. The best way to control consistency is to age the tobacco for a very long time. We have always leaned towards tobaccos that were harder to procure, or more limited in nature, so that we can deliver a flavor that isn’t quite what you are used to.
Robert Caldwell has been a nonstop creative force since entering the cigar industry in 2008. Always an avid smoker, Caldwell found himself in the industry through his love of cigars, as well as a bit of fate. His first venture was creating  a hospitality cigar distribution company. His initial interest was to be on the sidelines, as more of a passive asset, but found himself waist deep before he knew what hit him.
From there, he went on to manufacture private label brands for a variety of hotels and restaurateurs before opening The Wynwood Cigar Factory in Miami, Florida. The factory turned out to be a truly opportunistic learning experience and led Robert on to the Dominican Republic where his concepts really took off.

In 2014 Caldwell founded Caldwell Cigar Company and Down&Back Distribution and proceeded to create a portfolio of very special brands and collaborations.

Caldwell and Down&Back have enjoyed countless accolades and awards since breaking into the market.


There is a gorgeous slightly oily wrapper with an even brown color. The pre-light smell was clean with some lightly sweet with some wood notes. It was silky smooth to the touch with no soft spots.

 Journey Profile:

1st Third:
There was some resistance on the draw once lit. However, within five minutes, the draw became effortless and allowed big clouds of dense, full flavored smoke through to the palate. The cigar began to produce plenty of smoke at the foot and even more to the palate. There were spices present through the nose and a light texture on the palate.

2nd Third:
Plenty of interesting full flavored spices developed along with an underlying medium character and sweetness. The aroma of sweet earth and a hint of chocolate and nuttiness started to develop. Spices through the nose lingered with rich tobacco notes.

Final 3rd:
The aroma had a dominating sweet tone with a rich characteristic and deep flavors with nuts and oak. Rich earthy tones then appeared along with some cedar and cocoa notes on the palate and in the flavor. A dense and creamy texture developed as noticeably full characters grew. Some peppery spices continued to develop with deep and rich earthy tobacco notes. The body then moved into a medium to full strength. The aroma and flavor continued to develop and intensify, delivering a very rich and full flavor.

Final Thoughts:
This a well-made and fairly complex cigar that develops all the way down to the nub. It has a very flavorful, long and spicy finish. While full bodied, it is effortless to enjoy and could easily be smoked beyond the nub. It offers hints of creaminess, cedar, and nuts – all played an important role and left a lasting impression. Packed with deep and rich flavors with a long a finish. A good flavor experience that didn’t overwhelm the palate.

Myron Gooch Sr.

Wrapper: Hybrid Mexican Habano.
Binder: Ecuador.
Filler: Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Size: 5’ X 50

Rating: 90

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