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  • Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 9:39 AM

    Has anyone tried a smoke with a candela wrapper? I didnt even know these things existed until recently, and myy curiosity is piqued - but so is my skepticism, since I have never heard of them in my years of smoking cigars. Are these....

    A) A sweet treat
    B) Not Scottish - which means THEY'RE CRAP! (shout out to rossdavey LOL)
    C) Something new to the industry, or
    D) A hidden gem that nobody talks about?




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  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 9:45 AM

    I don't know much about them, but they've been around quite a while. I remember seeing Peter Falk smoke them in more than a few episodes of Columbo. My guess, and it's just a guess, is that they're nasty. He's said before that he always just bought the cheapest smoke he could find at the liquor store. That's what I base my guess off at least. That, and where I've seen them offered. Who knows though, maybe they taste great.

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  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 9:57 AM

    Never heard of them. So can't be Scottish and so must be crap indeed.
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  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 11:06 AM

    At one time, Candela wrapped cigars were the most popular selling cigars to the US. Times have changed and the candela wrapper has been pushed aside for darker wrappers. The candela is unfermented tobacco that is just dried, therefore you get a very "green" taste to it. It is slightly sweet and grassy. I've had a few and they're generally good morning or mid-day cigars if they fit your taste. I know I have tried one Iguana, which is a pretty easy to get brand for candela.

    Bottom line, I say try it for yourself and see what you think.
  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 11:33 AM

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    The way it was explained to me was "Think of wrapper tobacco as a bannana peel. Green means that it's gonna on the bitter side, yellow-yellowish brown is the norm, and the darker it is the more fermented and therefore more sweet". Or something like that.
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  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 11:48 AM

    Generally, the candela is a lot milder smoke. A little on the sweet side. Don Tomas makes a fairly good one. I agree that it's a nice morning smoke and certainly anything but yucky.

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  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 11:54 AM

    The Sniper:
    Has anyone tried a smoke with a candela wrapper? I didnt even know these things existed until recently, and myy curiosity is piqued - but so is my skepticism, since I have never heard of them in my years of smoking cigars. Are these....

    A) A sweet treat
    B) Not Scottish - which means THEY'RE CRAP! (shout out to rossdavey LOL)
    C) Something new to the industry, or
    D) A hidden gem that nobody talks about?


    i dont find them sweet, they arent crap at all, and they were actually very popular WAY back in the day. they have fallen out of favor because most people like a fuller cigar.
    this means that its D, a hidden gem.

    i recommend the Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 candela and the Camacho Candela. Camacho managed to make a candela a medium bodied smoke. they are a bit grassy in taste. if you love the way it smells just after you mowed the lawn you should like the candela wrapper.



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     08-07-2010, 12:31 PM

    kuzi16:
    The Sniper:
    Has anyone tried a smoke with a candela wrapper? I didnt even know these things existed until recently, and myy curiosity is piqued - but so is my skepticism, since I have never heard of them in my years of smoking cigars. Are these....

    A) A sweet treat
    B) Not Scottish - which means THEY'RE CRAP! (shout out to rossdavey LOL)
    C) Something new to the industry, or
    D) A hidden gem that nobody talks about?


    i dont find them sweet, they arent crap at all, and they were actually very popular WAY back in the day. they have fallen out of favor because most people like a fuller cigar.
    this means that its D, a hidden gem.

    i recommend the Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 candela and the Camacho Candela. Camacho managed to make a candela a medium bodied smoke. they are a bit grassy in taste. if you love the way it smells just after you mowed the lawn you should like the candela wrapper.


    I have burned thru a few of the Camacho's and they are med. bodied, a little sweet and actually very tasty. As someone else here said... great morning smoke. Worth a try, for sure.
  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 12:57 PM

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    Also none as double claro. Macanudo makes a few good ones. Like others have said it was huge in the industry years ago mostly before the boom. It is the mildest wrapper even before Connecticut.
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  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 1:10 PM

    i think im the only one here that never gets sweetness out of them.

    oh well... i still like a candela now and then
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  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 1:19 PM

    kuzi16:
    if you love the way it smells just after you mowed the lawn you should like the candela wrapper.
    My thoughts exactly. That's more or less a perfect description. That's also where I think most people get the sweetness.
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     08-07-2010, 1:23 PM

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    I've smoked a few of the Camacho Candelas and I love them. Like Kuzi, I don't get any sweetness out of them but more of a herbacious green tea sort of flavor. I have a few of the Don Tomas Candela Cetros in my humi now. Haven't smoked any of them yet.

    I actually wished that Cigar.com would carry the Camacho Candela. I would probably keep them on hand...(hint for Tim, Kelly, Alex, Andy, Jeff, whoever...)
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  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 1:49 PM

    jpclotfelter:
    I've smoked a few of the Camacho Candelas and I love them. Like Kuzi, I don't get any sweetness out of them but more of a herbacious green tea sort of flavor. I have a few of the Don Tomas Candela Cetros in my humi now. Haven't smoked any of them yet.

    I actually wished that Cigar.com would carry the Camacho Candela. I would probably keep them on hand...(hint for Tim, Kelly, Alex, Andy, Jeff, whoever...)
    +1 As far as flavor goes, one mans sweet is another man's green. The difference between what people consider different "flavors" can vary so widely it is sometimes a little misleading when trying to select a new stick. That is the biggest reason I try to avoid saying a certain stick tasted like this or that. If it is right there, front and center that's one thing. Most cigars however deliver the flavors in little nuances that can be described in many different ways by different people, who describe them as this flavor or that. This leads to some people disagreeing on flavors found in the same stick. There is also just the difference between sticks of the same variety from the same box. Being that they are handmade agricultural products, and can NOT be made to be exact from one stick to the other and that's a good thing, IMO.
  • Re: Candela Wrappers

     08-07-2010, 1:55 PM

    I have about 6 camacho candelas in my humi, this thread has inspired me to give them a try.
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     08-07-2010, 3:35 PM

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    I've tried some Flor De Jalapa Double Claro Presidentes and have a few left in the humi, I quite like the flavor when I'm in the mood for a mild smoke.

    I picked up a handful of Camacho Candela Monarcas last Thursday cos I wanted to give them a try, and I do like the smell of a freshly mowed lawn so i think am gonna like these.



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