Cabal Cigars is a Houston based boutique company that hit the market in 2013. The name, Cabal, mean a group of people working toward a common goal. The cigars are currently being produced at the Kelner Boutique Factory. Cabal cigars are currently available in various retailers in and around the Texas area and a few select other boutique friendly shops.
Vitolas: The Cabal is currently available in the following vitolas; a Corona Gorda (5.5 x 46), Robusto (5 x 50), and Short Robusto (4 x 52). The cigars retail between $7 and $9 depending on your location and taxes.
Blend: Wrapper: Dominican Bonao
Binder: Dominican and Peruvian
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Pennsylvania (USA)
Appearance: The Cabal Corona Gorda features a medium brown wrapper that has a slightly rustic look. There are some veins showing and it is not super smooth, something that has never really bothered me as it does some picky smokers. The band is fairly simple with white letters on a black band, the band does feature a QR code as well.
Pre-Light: Mild cocoa present on the nose pre light with a cold draw that produces cocoa as well as a little bit of honey.
1st Third: The first third of the Cabal opens with just a slight bit of harshness but it fades very fast. After that a bit of spice comes into play along with some cedar notes. As the Cabal progresses there are more wood notes that come out.
2nd Third: In the second third, the Cabal began to show a mellow charred oak profile with the cedar almost completely going away. There was also a savory component that reminded me of roasted meat.
Last Third: The last third of the Cabal Corona Gorda picks up with some more spice, a pepper spice this time. As the cigar finishes there are more notes of wood and just a bit of a nutty profile.
Construction: (A+) The construction of the Corona Gorda from Cabal is very good. There were no soft spots and the draw was great!
Burn: (A) The burn on the Cabal was pretty good. There were a few occasions where the burn line wavered just a bit but after a quick touch up it was quickly fixed. The cigar also never burned hot and produced cool smoke.
Final Assessment: Over all I really enjoyed the Cabal Corona Gorda. This cigar was very flavorful and had some complexities. This medium strength cigar is a great choice for an afternoon or evening smoke and will hold up well to just about anything you want to pair with it.