Several years in the making, the Pier 28 Habano from well-known Espinosa rep Tim Wong, hits the market and we give it a smoke to see just how good it is.
Wandering the floor at IPCPR 16 was an amazing experience for the Las Vegas Cigar Guys. We kept hearing some great buzz about Tim Wong’s new cigar line Pier 28 and looked for our friend on the floor finding him at the Espinosa booth. Tim, who we see all the time in and around cigar lounges in Southern Nevada, and longed talked about this cigar so with great anticipation we got out hands on a few to review.
As room at the show is at a premium, Wong was only able to exhibit the Pier 28 Habano line. The line also includes various Maduro, Connecticut, and Sumatra we’ve yet to see or try. When we do, we’ll also review those sticks for our discerning audience.
Wong did announce at IPCPR that he will also roll out Pier 28 with the following:
- Pier 28 Maduro using a Mexican San Andrés wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler in four sizes.
- Pier 28 Connecticut which includes an Ecuadoran shade-grown Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and fillers from both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It will be available in four sizes also including a box pressed Toro and a 7×48 Churchill.
- Pier 28 Sumatra is rich with Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and a mixed filler blend from the Dominican, Ecuador and Honduras. The Pier 28 Sumatra line will consist of four sizes too.
The Pier 28 Habano, along with the rest of the line, is distributed through Espinosa in select marketing in the West and Southwest. It’s trickling out there now so if you can get a hold of one, is it worth the time and effort?
That’s why we’re here. Let’s get to smoking the Pier 28 Habano.
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano Café
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Wong has done a masterful job of creating a great looking cigar from top to bottom. The Pier 28 Habano is one of those cigars that will grab your attention inside the humidor at your favorite shop. The Pier 28 Habano and its Ecuadoran habano cafe wrapper is a site to behold. It was near perfect in the two cigars we smoked with a nice, lightly oily sheen. Its deep brown color is inviting and its band attractive with great detail. As with so many boutique cigar brands today, the marketing is front and center and here the Pier 28 Habano is attractive and sticks out.
For us, the Pier 28 Habano had a great draw before we lit the cigar and, after it lit perfectly from our straight cut, starts out mellow and tasty. The natural, earthy tobacco flavor, with some touches of creaminess, excited our palate and set us off on the right foot. Being habano wrapped, the cigar had a nice, complex but not-to-bold flavor. The burn on the Pier 28 Habano was even, with a nice gray ash that lasted quite a while without needing to dump it in the ashtray. The draw continued to be excellent and some boldness emerged as we finished the first third.
We were impressed with the consistency of the Pier 28 Habano. From the first third rapidly into the second, this cigar’s profile remained mostly unchanged with us. It’s nice tobacco flavor continued along with the creaminess and just a faint touch of pepper. It wasn’t enough spice to really punch you in the jaw, but its subtle overtones made for a nice change in this second third. The burn and ash were still excellent and we really took our time, sitting back and enjoying the Pier 28 Habano.
The key word with the Pier 28 Habano is consistency. In the final third, you come back home to the first third. The cigar retains its natural, earthy, and mellow creaminess. The burn was even throughout the smoke and remained so until it’s nubby little end. We liked that for a habano wrapper, the Pier 28 Habano exhibits the complexity you’d expect but doesn’t overdo it. We smoke bold cigars and this is on the lighter side of bold to be sure. Call it medium, if you like. We finished with a smile and impressed at Wong’s release of the Pier 28 Habano.
Wong certainly has started off on the right foot. We’re excited to try the rest of the Pier 28 line but his start with the Pier 28 Habano is indeed impressive. For a first release, the Pier 28 Habano was nearly perfect and will only get better under Tim’s leadership. We highly recommend pick one up when you can. The Pier 28 Habano is a fantastic smoke for any cigar smoker – whether you like lighter or even bold cigars.
Rating: 4-out-of-5 Stars