Cigar Aficionado 2021 #19 Cigar of the Year….Created by the Grupo de Maestros of La Flor De Copan, the Saint Luis Rey Carenas is a flavor-packed smoke of earthy spices and salty notes making this a solid medium-bodied cigar. The cigar offers an impeccably smooth draw with an oily Nicaraguan wrapper. These decadent sticks with their immaculate appearance invite adult cigar aficionados to take a trip back to the heritage of the Saint Luis Rey brandThe sleepy Saint Luis Rey brand got some new life last year when Altadis released the Saint Luis Rey Carenas, which is made in Honduras at the Flor de Copan factory. The theme here is “old world meets new world” and Altadis explains that the Puerto de Carenas is the antiquated name for the Port of Havana. That’s the “old world” part. The “new world” is represented in the blend of tobacco, an arrangement that’s all Honduran, save for the Nicaraguan wrapper. Of note is the binder, which is Honduran broadleaf, a thick varietal normally grown in Connecticut. The Toro kept us wide awake as spicy notes of ground red pepper, snaps of leather and almond played off the woody core.