1950's Bering Admiral (Ever wonder what those old American Candela

atuck

ANEJORE
Here we go again with one of Atucks wierd old cigar reviews :rolleyes: , w/ lots of pics of course. ANyway, I have always wondered what it would be like to smoke one of those old Candela cigars that were so popular years ago. I have seen many but most are in bad shape to the point where you could not pay me to smoke it :( . But, I came accross these. These are from the 1950's and have been properly stored ever since they were made. These even came w/ a letter from one of the living members of Corral family. The company that made these was Corral, Wodiska Y Ca. These have been stored by the family the whole time. They are in absolutely perfect condition :D .

They came in a cedar lined tin chest, pretty fancy looking IMO.


Nice gold foil paper lining!


Can't believe that they have been sitting there, undisturbed, for 50 something yrs.




Here is a copy of the letter that came with these.


Nowhere on the box or in even talking to these people is Candela ever mentioned but as you can see here it is definetly green like this Montesino Candela Diplomatico. They are both about 5 3/8" by 40-42.
 

atuck

ANEJORE
Now on to the review. Upon giving the foot a good sniffing I smell a cedar floral aroma. The prelight draw is promising. It tastes of sweet floral cedar w/ a sense of mellow spice. The tobacco on the inside of the cigar looks perfect and is of a darker shade of tobacco.


In the beginnings of this cigar the flavor traits are of floral, herbal sweet spice. I can also taste the candela. As I eased into the 1st inch of this amazing rarity, a hint of pepper showed up with a nice sweet red bell pepper flavor which I attribute to the candela wrapper.


The 2nd inch started to give me flavors of wood and cedar. These new flavors mingled with the previous flavors for a while. But then all flavors turned to a sweet cedar and toasted tobacco flavor. Still with the mild sweetness of the candela.
As you can see, this cigar is burning perfectly.


Uh oh, spoke to soon ??? . After the 2nd 1/2 it started to burn funny. I figured it was from me smoking it too fast. I am enjoying this cigar a lot :thumbs: . I do several touch ups with my Blazer to straighten things out. Each time I make a correction I get a strong candela flavor for a couple of puffs. The complexity part of the cigar is basically over by now. Except for the candela flavor flareups during touch ups the flavor of this cigar pretty much stays a very pleasant sweet cedar and toasted tobacco flavor.

I tried to remove the band, actually I did, and it messed up the wrapper. You can see that the binder on this cigar is a light shade like a Conneticut wrapper. I kept smmoking it though because it did not deter the taste at all.


I loved this cigar! :thumbs: It tasted great and has great history behind it. And I got this box for totally cheap. I am really glad I took a chance and bought these. I hope you all enjoy these old cigar reviews, LMK if you do. I have a few more coming over the next year or so.

Another old Nub! :laugh:
 

Michal

Turquoise Hexagon Sun
Awesome review and pics. This chest look really great!

Man! Where do You take those old smokes from!? What will be next!? 100y old Cohibas from Fidels private walkin?

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smokelaw1

Cigar Ambassador
Alan,
These old cigar reviews are truly one of my favorite parts of this website. Well, that, flaming noob-trolls, Gary's monkey porn, drooling over Moki's pics (OF CIGARS), and the occassional "I'm bored, let's screw around" thread.
I have a great interest in old cigars,even though I don't have too many pre-1985ish smokes, and have probably smoked less than twenty or so in my life. I love to hear what super-age does to cigars, and what the cigars of old tasted like.
Thank you for giving us a window into what would otherwise be a hidden realm of tobbacco history/collectable/smokeables.
 

tone-ny

I smoke therefore I am!
Alan thanks for sharing. When I was a young lad I worked in the shipping department of a publishing company and I worked next to a very dapper gentleman who smoked Bering cigars. He smoked at least three cigars a day and they were candela wrappered cigars. This was during the early 70's and smoking was allowed everywhere as I worked next to another fellow who smoked Chesterfields. Those were the days thanks for reminding me of them. Keep up the good work and don't stop with the pictures and reviews.
 

atuck

ANEJORE
Alan,
These old cigar reviews are truly one of my favorite parts of this website. Well, that, flaming noob-trolls, Gary's monkey porn, drooling over Moki's pics (OF CIGARS), and the occassional "I'm bored, let's screw around" thread.
I have a great interest in old cigars,even though I don't have too many pre-1985ish smokes, and have probably smoked less than twenty or so in my life. I love to hear what super-age does to cigars, and what the cigars of old tasted like.
Thank you for giving us a window into what would otherwise be a hidden realm of tobbacco history/collectable/smokeables.

Thanks for your comments. I have the same interest in old cigars that I am sure a lot of us do. There is such history behind our hobby and so many cigars out there that we wil never get the chance to try. I also love old cigar reviews, I do searches for them and usually come up with nothing. Yea, try a search on "pre-embargo" here and you will learn a lot about Pinar Dog Turds. But there's not much else out there either. It is next to impossible to find info on these "Pre-Embargo" or "Pre-Revolutionary" cigars. I am not the best reviewer in the world but if I come accross a rare old cigar that has been stored properly, I will smoke it and review it here and will post as much info about it as I can. So, I will basically research a cigar 1st, before I review it. I do the reviews how I like to see them, with lots of photos w/ captions.

I hope everybody can apppreciate the history aspect behind these old cigar reviews. I have always loved the subject of history. Probably why I collect so much old stuff. When I smoke one of these old cigars it is different than smoking a new one, not only because of the age of the tobacco but also the fact that you are smoking a piece of history. Think of all the stuff that went on as these just sat in a humidor over the years. I love just holding and looking at these old cigars.

The biggest problem w/ vintage cigars is that they do not really fit into our budgets. But if you have the chance at some rare old smokes, do your self a favor and sit down and relax w/ one someday at whatever the cost.
 

MiamiCubano

El Martillo (My Boxing Name)
Beautiful review Alan. I was wondering what the hell happened when I saw that pic after you apparently had a chipmunk gnaw that band off... :laugh:
 

Mark Twain

Call me Ishmael.
Very cool Alan.

Mike and I bought a 5 pack of 1940s Cuban Parole cigars at auction. Looks like I should light one of these up.
 

Strayvector

Like what you smoke, smoke what you like
Awesome, Alan. That is one beautiful presentation box. Glad the cigars reflected the presentation.
 

AVB

Jesus of Cool, I'm bad, I'm nationwide
Interesting review, wish I could fire up a stick to join you.
 

Ginseng

Banned
It's all been said already. Great writeup and fabulous photos, Alan. Thank you for letting us ride alone. :thumbs:

Wilkey
 

NorCalCigarLover

The Wine Guy
Great reviews Alan, usually after your reviews I'll go out and do a little research on these cigars. It's turning out to be a lot of fun and some great learning! Thanks and keep them coming.



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