Cuenca Cigars in Florida.
by Brent Butterworth
The outstanding quality and affordable price of Sencillo Platinum cigars have won them thousands of fans since they were introduced in March 2010. The new Sencillo Black-a collaboration between Nestor Plasencia Jr. and Keith K. Park, the man behind God of Fire and Angelenos cigars and Prometheus accessories-is sure to win the brand even more acclaim.
Sencillo Black is a new twist on the Sencillo theme. Like Sencillo Platinum (the first release of the Sencillo brand), it's a truly extraordinary cigar that is smooth enough and inexpensive enough to smoke every day. Yet Sencillo Black has a distinctive flavor all its own. If Sencillo Platinum is the cabernet of the line, Sencillo Black is the pinot noir.
Plasencia, highly respected cigar maker, who is also the largest tobacco grower in Nicaragua, produces Sencillo Black for Keith K. Park at his Nicaraguan factory, using five different tobaccos. The filler is blended from two Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in Nicaragua and Honduras-Ligero Habano Jalapa (Nicaragua) and Ligero Habano Jamastran (Honduras)-as well as Viso San Andres tobacco grown in Mexico. The Habano Colorado wrapper and Habano Jalapa binder are also Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan-grown leaves. The five different tobaccos blend perfectly to give Sencillo Black a consistent yet complex flavor.
According to Keith K. Park, Founder and CEO of Prometheus International, Inc. and God of Fire, Inc., the first release of 5,000 cigars in five sizes (1,000 cigars per size) will be delivered to 15 authorized Sencillo dealers in the week of June 20th, and the second release to all authorized Sencillo dealers in September. Park states, "Nestor and I had been talking about doing a project together for many years. When we decided to add a Nicaraguan blend to our brand portfolio, Nestor and I worked on the Sencillo Black blend together for over a year. The cigars were ready last year, but we decided to age them longer to deliver a more polished and flavorful taste to our customers. I am so happy that we are finally releasing Sencillo Black."
All five sizes of the Sencillo Black have a similarly smooth character, but each one emphasizes different aspects of the flavor profile-and each one provides a unique smoking experience. Sample them all to find your favorite, or simply keep a stock of each one on hand to suit any setting.
Sencillo Black Robusto MSRP $6.95
50 x 5 1/4 inches, 20 mm x 133
25 cigars per box (MSRP $173.75)
Although the aptly named Robusto has the most robust flavor of all the Sencillo Black cigars, the flavor is so smooth you can still smoke them all day long. Its taste packs the most punch of all the Sencillo Black sizes, and it is the only one that carries hints of pepper and allspice. Those who prefer a medium-to-heavy taste will likely prefer the Robusto.
Sencillo Black Double Robusto MSRP $7.95
52 x 5 3/4 inches, 21 mm x 146
25 cigars per box (MSRP $198.75)
The Double Robusto has the purest tobacco taste of the different Sencillo Black cigars. The smooth, sophisticated, leathery flavor of its perfectly aged Habano Colorado wrapper predominates. Its long finish lingers on the palate, intensifying the flavor and making the Double Robusto the ideal choice for smokers who appreciate classic tastes.
Sencillo Black Pirámide MSRP $8.95
54 x 6 3/8 inches, 21 mm x 160
25 cigars per box (MSRP $212.50)
The elegant Piramide has the most exotic flavor in the Sencillo Black line, with a slight citrusy tang and undertones of sugar and vanilla-almost like a wedding cake. All these flavors dance atop the solid, leathery flavor of the Piramide's perfectly fermented Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican tobaccos.
Sencillo Black Gigante MSRP $8.95
60 x 6 inches, 24 mm x 153
25 cigars per box (MSRP $223.75)
The biggest and mildest of the five sizes of Sencillo Black cigars, the Gigante presents an incomparable combination of smooth taste and full flavor. Its subtly savory, mildly sweet taste is mellow but full from first light to the last inch. Those who love large, flavorful cigars are sure to find the Gigante one of their all-time-favorite smokes.
Sencillo Black Short Churchill MSRP $8.50
48 x 6 1/2 inches, 20 mm x 165
25 cigars per box (MSRP $212.50)
The longer sizes of Sencillo Black have a delectable, subtly sweet taste - a character that is most pronounced in the Short Churchill, which suggests the irresistible flavor of perfectly browned cornbread. Although it smokes a bit hotter than the larger Piramide and Gigante, it is paradoxically smoother. It's hard to resist lighting a second one immediately after the first is finished.