Bite Size Review: Cavalier Genève White Series
It has been a while since we evaluated a cigar with Honduran roots and that was Kurt Kendall’s 7-20-4 Original back in May of this year. We’re not intentionally avoiding Honduran sticks, quite the contrary. In fact, we’ve made it an endless point highlighting just how underrated these sticks are. And after I took Swiss boutique Cavalier Genève’s White Series for a test drive last Fall, I knew the Honduran juggernaut would continue.
I added this cigar to our 2018 “review bullpen’, but for various reasons reviews of this hot cigar and others, got pushed back. It happens. A relatively new kid on the block, Cavalier Genève was formed by former European business pro, Sebastien Decoppet, who left the corporate world to focus on his love of cigars – a familar theme. Decoppet brought the Plasencia-crafted cigars to the US market in 2016, officially launching his brand at the 2016 IPCPR tradeshow.
Another announcement came in 2018 that Cavalier’s cigars would be distributed by Cigar Art, a boutique cigar maker/purveyor in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas. Currently, Cavalier offers 3 lines: the USA Exclusive Black Series, the boxpressed Black II and the flagship, White Series. Blend details of each are guarded, but countries of tobacco origin have been widely reported including filler leaves sourced from Paraguay (think Mbombay Gaaja).
I’d seen the Cavalier lines in multiple B&Ms and several things caught my eye. First, the band featuring horse and leader reminded me of my daughter’s love of horses. Second, the cigars are incredibly fragrant with sumptuous aromas. And third, the gold foil diamond, which I’d later learn is 24K leaf, and yes, it is “smokeable.”
The build of our White Series is highlighted by a seamless roll, nice uniform give and a lush marbled toffee hue. The cap is a bit messy with what looks like an incomplete pigtail. As mentioned previously, mouthwatering aromas offer the familiar scent of funnel cake from the wrapper and an earthy, chocolate scent from the foot. The cold draw is effortless with a punch leaving a tangy residue of plum on the palate.
The initial tasting profile is punctuated by a musty, nutty draw that adds hints of graham cracker that defines the delicious core of this medium blend. Lingering notes of leather, pecan and syrupy plum are well-balanced with the long finish of coffee and baking spice. The texture is very smooth, the body well-balanced and it just “tastes like more.” Transitions offer reduced complexity, but the flavor palette is superb including a toasty and caramel richness and spicy mix of espresso, red pepper and pecans.
Combustion is very good with some occasional waviness, but I did get a late runner that was easily correctable. Smoke production is very good and our White Series produces a strong, compact ash. Smokers of all ilk will appreciate this cigar as it will appeal to medium and full bodied crowds. This sub-$10 treat offers a delicious, satisfying smoking experience that will remind you again and again that great cigars come from Honduras too! – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: Cavalier Genève White Series cigars are produced along side Maya Selva’s Villa Zamarano line at her San Judas Tadeo factory in Danlí, Honduras.
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: Toro
- Length / Ring Gauge: 6.0″ X 52
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Honduras
- Wrapper: Habano
- Binder: Connecticut
- Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Paraguayan
- Blade: Xikar Punch
- Fire: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $9.62
- Humidor Age: 12 mo.
- Box: 20
- Other Vitolas: Medio [3.5″X58], Elegantes [4.5″x52], Diplomate [5.5″x56], Churchill [7″x48], Salomones [ Limited – 7″x50x58]
Lancero [ Limited – 7″x38]
N O T E S
Smoke Time: 1:25
Construction: Uniform feel w/just enough give; seamless; lightly veiny; marbled toffee color; messy cap w/incomplete pig tail (?); holds strong 1″ ash; good smoke production.
- Wrapper – Subtle funnel cake quality
- Foot – Earthy, milk chocolate
- Cold Draw – Plummy
- Initial: Musty, nutty draw; Syrupy plum, nougat and pecan notes with hints of leather on retro; long finish of baking spice and coffee; nutty aspect added to finish; mild hints of honey on retro with more graham cracker on draw.
- Transition: Cedar core backed by toast and caramel notes on retro; draw more woody with dark fruit on palate; residual leather and nougat hints; light spice in nose.
- Transition: Woody profile with uptick in spice along with notes of espresso and red pepper; finish of pecans and black coffee.
Touch ups: 1
Combustion: Excellent – late runner required 1 correction
- Boxworthy / Go-to
- 5 packer
- Yard ‘gar
- NR [No Recommendation]