Hiram and Solomon Curamus cigar: A divine afternoon
On a sunny-yet-slightly chilled Saturday afternoon, I decided to sit out in my back garden with a good cigar and watch my flowers grow. The cigar I chose to keep me company was the Hiram and Solomon Curamus. This limited release, handsome-looking cigar, whose name means “we care” in Latin, really has been lovingly crafted with the care you would expect from a Hiram and Solomon cigar.
The smooth Colorado wrapper oozed aromas of warm milk and cassia as I slid the Curamus out of its cellophane. Having cut the head, the cold draw was rich with caramel notes but without the intense sweetness that you might associate with that flavour. Post lighting, I was greeted by a mouthful of beautifully creamy and full flavoured smoke. I knew that I had made the right choice and was in for a treat.
Cayenne pepper and ginger were the predominant notes that I got from my first draws and these remained a constant companion throughout the cigar, ebbing and flowing to allow other tastes to have their moment to shine. Supporting the spice in the first half-inch was a tickle of lemon thyme which added a beautiful depth to the overall flavour. As I settled back in to savour every draw I knew it was going to be a good afternoon.
About an inch in, the spice had taken a back seat and allowed a rich barbecued beef brisket to join the party. I allowed the sensation of the smoke, which had the lightness and richness of a perfect soufflé, to roll around my mouth. Sitting back I watched the thick ribbon of blueish smoke dance from the foot and fan out into an intricate lacey cloud. Thus far I had just been enjoying the Curamus on its own but decided that a glass of sweeter whisky would be an ideal match, so I poured myself a good measure of Penderyn Madeira Cask.
Towards the end of the first third, the flavour profile started to change, and I was introduced to a super creamy, roasted hazelnut flavour with a drizzle of caramel. Despite it being a breezy afternoon the ash grew steadily longer, easily passing the one inch mark without even a hint of wanting to drop. The burn also remained perfectly even, and by the time I hit the two-inch mark I had a seductive tower of ash wrapped in whirls and rings.
Halfway through the Curamus I started to get the hit of nicotine that I had heard about, but having had a rather large lunch of venison burger with a hearty portion of chips, onion rings and garlic mushrooms it washed over me and only added to my enjoyment of the cigar. The whisky was a perfect match and allowed the rich creaminess of the flavour to really shine.
As I reached the final third of the cigar I was amazed at how silky smooth the cigar tasted, despite its strength and full flavour profile. There was no harshness at all and what had started out as a slightly firm draw opened out into a beautifully easy one, allowing me to get mouthfuls of the sumptuous smoke. There was still a gentle hint of pink peppercorns as I smoked my way right down to the nub but this was in perfect balance to a light sweetness that remained with me until I took my final draws on the Curamus and eventually let this beautiful cigar sleep in my ashtray.
Where some full-bodied cigars can leave a harshness on your tongue, the Curamus is smooth and creamy from foot to nub. At six inches long I found it the perfect length. By the time I had finished, I was thoroughly satisfied and left with a feeling of sublime contentment that only the best cigars can provide. Thank you Hiram and Solomon.
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Hiram and Solomon Curamus Cigar Details
- Vitola: Toro
- Length: 6″
- Ring Gauge: 52
- Smoke Time: 2h
- Source: Hiram and Solomon
Hiram and Solomon Curamus Review Summary
This beautiful, full bodied cigar is not a cigar for those who are new to cigars. It is a wonderful cigar that I am going to be enjoying again.
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