Cigar Aficionados No.17 Cigar of the year in 2017 with an outstanding score of 92/100.
Size: Robusto 5"x 50
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Broadleaf
It's tough to mention the name Christian Eiroa in the cigar world without thinking about the Camacho brand his family once owned, but Eiroa has done well for himself on his own, most notably with the C.L.E. Prieto, a broadleaf-covered cigar made in Nicaragua. This may be a bit surprising to those familiar with Eiroa, but there isn't a single leaf of Honduran tobacco in the Prieto blend. Recall that, along with his father, Julio, Eiroa put Honduran Corojo-seed tobacco on the map. Then again, who's to say he can't expand outside his comfort zone? The C.L.E. Prieto is one of the few cigars on this list with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. It's rolled up with Nicaraguan tobaccos and tidily box-pressed into the 50×5, a robusto of exquisite character.
Christian Eiroa, the longtime president of Camacho Cigars, has returned to the cigar business with the formation of CLE Cigar Co. His long-term plan calls for several cigar brands made in various countries.
CLE stands for Eiroa’s initials (his middle name is Luís) and the first cigar to come from his new venture will be the CLE. A small-production brand, CLE will be rolled in a familiar spot for Eiroa, the Tabacos Ranchos Jamastran factory in Honduras where Camacho cigars are made. (Eiroa owns the factory with his father and sold the Camacho Brand to the Davidoff group in 2008)