The Esteban Carreras Chupacabra is one of those cigars that draws attention from the name alone. Though we are no closer to discovering an actual chupacabra, this rough-looking beast promises to deliver an in-your-face sensory experience. From the pigtail cap to the shaggy closed foot, the Chupacabra is not a subtle cigar. With that in mind, I delved into the stick.
The cigar is very easy to light, which I attribute to the closed shaggy foot of the stick. The shaggy foot also adds a pleasant campfire flavor to the first fer draws of the stick, which quickly diminish into a freshly toasted bread flavor. This combined with an elegant leather flavor which added a good amount of depth to the smoke. The first third finished out with a creamy hazelnut and coffee flavor that included a bit of missing sweetness. So far so good, especially considering the flavor profiles in the first third are better than you would find in the entirety of a lesser cigar!
The second third ramped up the coffee flavor, but also added a rich cream that added a fullness to the smoke. Speaking of, smoke production at this point ramped up significantly, producing billowing clouds with even the lightest draw. Not great if you are in a car, but very aesthetically pleasing just about anywhere else. This continued to increase in depth as the second third came to a close.
The final third seemed to be more of the same, but then I was pleasantly suprised as brown sugar and pecan flavors made a prominent appearance. Think grandma’s pecan pie and you will be right on point. Unfortunately, the cigar developed a split in the wrapper soon thereafter. While I was concerned that this would affect the burn, nothing was damaged aside from the wrapper itself and the cigar finished out strong.
This stick was a real treat, and one that I would gladly pick up again. I was not familiar with Esteban Carreras before this and now I’m going to have to sample the rest of his line. For a cigar that looks a bit challenging, I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants a complex palate in a medium bodied stick. As it happens, that category should be fairly inclusive!
Paired with: Angel’s Envy