Arandoza Cigars are a boutique cigar brand founded in 2011 by Robert Arango. The cigars are produced at the La Zona cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, which is owned and operated by Erik Espinosa, known for his Espinosa Habano, 601, and Laranja cigars, to name but a few.
In a story about Arango Cigars, cigarweekly.com wrote: "Arango is driven by a passion to do things well and make really good cigars. He's intense in a good way...The idea of [smoking] bans, and the seemingly hypocritical divide between cigarette smokers and cigar smokers, cigarette-friendly establishments being hostile to cigars, animates him and drives him, urging him to succeed all the more."
All Arandoza cigars start with 15 test blends. As the test "ligas" are eliminated, they are narrowed down to a final three, from which only one is finally decided on to produce and market. The Blue and White offerings are made with all Nicaraguan tobacco blends, while the Red offers a rich-tasting San Andrés maduro wrapper from Mexico.
Cigar smokers who are drawn to Nicaraguan cigars, and artisan cigar blends in particular, will discover that Arandoza are not only among the best boutique cigars in terms of flavor, but some of the most affordable Nicaraguan cigars, too.
Arandoza Blue Label
Arandoza Blue Label cigars were the first release from Robert Arango. Made at the La Zona factory in Nicaragua, he used a diverse Nicaraguan long-filler and binder recipe finished in a plush Nicaraguan Habano wrapper leaf. The medium-bodied smoke enters with a shot of pepper, then rounds-out to a more earthy-nutty character joined by flavors of sweet spice and citrusy notes for an impressively complex journey.
Arandoza Red Label
Arandoza Red Label cigars feature a diverse Nicaraguan tobacco core blend rolled in dark Mexican San Andrés maduro wrappers. The Red Label selection is also the heartiest in terms of strength, offering a creamy-smooth mix of earthy Nicaraguan spice, sweet tobacco, and a note of hickory. A smart, reasonably-priced choice for fans of the best full-bodied cigars.
Arandoza White Label
Arandoza White Label cigars are similar to their Blue Label brothers in terms of their all-Nicaraguan tobacco blend, but they differ greatly in strength. The White has a more medium-full character that offers excellent balance, complex flavors and an engaging aroma. A spicy start pulls notes of cream and nuts along with it, eventually moving to a more robust smoke in which the spicy-nutty flavors escalate while maintaining its inherent creaminess.