Hamlet Paredes was one of Cuba’s most sought after cigar rollers, often traveling internationally to do in-store rolling demonstrations. Rocky Patel aided Hamlet and his family in escaping Cuba and coming to the US, and now Hamlet is releasing his first cigar for Rocky, Tabaquero by Hamlet Paredes.
Hamlet had never touched non-Cuban tobacco before working for Rocky at his Burn Lounge in Naples, Florida, and was very excited about the potential for extracting flavor and richness from these new leaves. Tabaquero comes draped in a San Andres wrapper concealing binders from Brazil and Mexico, and Nicaraguan long-filler. Medium-bodied, and containing Cuban-esque richness, flavors abound including spice, cocoa, coffee, pepper, earth, and subtle cream.
Hamlet Paredes has received an impressive 90-rating noting: "Near black and gleaming with oils, this cigar delivers rich, leathery intonations coupled with spice, herbs and a touch of licorice."