Up until about a year ago, I had never heard of Roberto P. Duran. Fortunately for me, my father happened to know Jack Torano(who now works for the company) from previous events he had attended, so when we and a group of friends went to an event in Pennsylvania, I had the honor of meeting him and Miguel Schoedel(also works for Roberto Duran Cigars). They sat down and had a couple cigars with us, swapped stories, treated us all like old friends, and then they gave all of us a Neya to try. None of us knew what it was nor what to expect. Now, having been handed one for free I of course was more likely to like this cigar, and I did. I even went and bought a box later that same day.
Yesterday, while perusing my humidor for a breakfast cigar, I rediscovered this box of treasures that was just under half full. So for this review I thought I’d revisit this one, and do something a little different in the process.
Since the first time I tried a Neya Classic I was with my father, I thought it was only fitting that I sit down and review one with him as well. So we sat down with a cup of coffee and cut and lit our respective cigars at the same time and began to compare/contrast what we were experiencing.
Before I dive into things I suppose I should say that the Neya Classic uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan fillers.
“The pre light draw is excellent and there is gentle tobacco flavor before lighting.” is what my father said to me when we first got started. He hit the nail on the head. I experienced a deep rich tobacco note right out of the gate, followed by a subtle woody quality that I would almost call oak, and something else I couldn’t quite put my finger on. My dad also got an almost chocolate like note and what he called an almond or walnut flavor. “That hit the nail on the head” I thought when he said that to me; that nutty almond-ish taste was what I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Being that I don’t really like almonds on their own, I found it surprising that it fit what I was tasting so well, and even more so that I enjoyed it. As we progressed further into the cigar, my dad stopped getting the hints of chocolate and started to get more of the woody oak flavor, stating that he may have thought it was more chocolate before of that almond taste. One interesting thing was that I didn’t find the cigar to be very leathery, but my dad described his as being a “leathery tobacco taste”. There were a few hints of pepper here and there, almost as more of an aftertaste but never anything pronounced.
Overall this cigar exemplified consistency and quality throughout. It didn’t change much from start to finish but had just enough complexity to stay interesting and required little to no work while smoking. Neither of us had to touch it up at all and both cigars maintained a fairly even burn, each produced lots of smoke. I’d call it a nice mild strength, medium bodied, medium flavored cigar; my dad also thought it was a medium.
If you haven’t tried one yet, I definitely recommend it for any smoker, anytime if you’re a mild-medium guy or breakfast for a medium-full smoker.