“Daughters of the Wind” was a famous 16th Century Arabic Poem which spoke of the beauty of horses. The Casdagli family has roots in breeding Arabian race horses, and they own stables in Egypt- a perfect explanation for the “Daughters of the Wind” line of cigars. The line was released in 2018, and has their fans- which means I had to pick up a box!
The vitola of choice for this sampling is the Calico Pyramide, which stands at a generous 6.1” x 52 RG. The blender on this project is Jeremy Casdagli, with IGM factory in Costa Rica doing the production. I figured in worst case scenario this cigar would be interesting if anything else with its multi origin blend. Dominican and Peruvian fillers make up the bunch, bound by Costa Rican Puriscal (compliments of IGM), and wrapped with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Construction is seamless, and the pyrimade features a closed foot.
In describing the flavor profile of this cigar, it’s really hard to describe. I can say that I have never tasted flavors in a cigar that I have tasted in the Calico. Upon first light, I got punched in the face by pepper- which quickly settled down. The richness and complexity is off the charts here, but there is almost too much going on. Baking spice, nonsweet cinnamon, caramel, savory flavors drift in and out and sometimes together. I have to chalk up the uniqueness of the blend to the tobaccos present. The cigar truly is an experience.
Coming in around 20$ per cigar, the expectations pre light are set high. To be honest, I’m not sure if I loved the blend. However, I do feel like the cigar lived up to that price point based on its complexity, transitions, and uniqueness alone. I would only recommend this cigar to someone that has been smoking cigars for some time and is ready to experience something different. I could definitely see this cigar as an aging candidate. Some time in the humidor could definitely round some edges in the flavor profile.