Byron 19th Century
The original Lord Byron cigars were a hit, so the cousins expanded their operation, and the brand enjoyed success for generations. Some of the details get a little murky, though the story goes that a grandson of one of the cousins, Ricardo Alfonzo, who was then the man in charge, experienced severe financial hardships with the brand and was forced to sell. Ninety years would pass before Ricardo Alfonzo's great-grandson Nelson Alfonso would resurrect the brand through his Selected Tobacco company. If Nelson's name sounds familiar, that's because he's done some gorgeous design work for the likes of Cohiba, Padrón, Romeo y Julieta, and more. Do you know those eye-catching bright yellow three-legged Montecristo ashtrays? He's the dude behind those. And that's just a tiny taste of his talents. But we digress.
Nelson Alfonso reclaimed the Byron brand in the late 1990s, recreated it, and relaunched the Byron 19th Century cigar using similar artwork featuring the poet. The cigars are released in limited quantity and sit in an aging room for one year prior to their release, much longer than the average cigar sitting time of two months.
The Byron 19th Century cigar features a chocolate brown oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a binder of unknown origin, and a filler blend that is part Nicaraguan and part unknown.
This cigar starts with pepper, spice, and cedar notes quickly joined by nutty notes and a bread flavor boarding on toast. Further down, the pepper and cedar are running the show, with the other flavors serving as fine supporting actors. It’s a chewy, complex smoke with all of these flavors continuing to the nub while cocoa and cream make cameos to balance out the pepper and spice.
Please enjoy Byron 19th Century cigars at your leisure.
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Byron 19th Century FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Complex: spice, cream, pepper, cocoa, bread/toast, nuts.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
People who love seeing a long-lost family heirloom—in this case, a cigar brand—return to its rightful owner.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
It’s a good, complex smoke. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, we see no reason why you wouldn’t smoke this poet to completion.
What’s a good pairing with it?
Considering the nutty note, The Brown Note by Against the Grain should do the trick.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
Given the history, the United Cigars Byron 19th Century cigar is a great smoke for relaxing and recalling fond memories of your kin. Or while plotting to reclaim a long-lost family treasure.
Seeing as Lord Byron was a dandy, there’s a chance some of the rougher-looking bands in your humidor might feel some jealousy.