The CLE Cuarenta is a Honduran puro and features a pristine, silky Habano wrapper. It starts off with the spice you would expect of a Habano wrapper, but quickly smooths out into a rich and complex medium to full bodied smoke. The draw is easy and produces a very full volume of thick smoke. The spice returns as you smoke through the midpoint, but it is never overpowers the blend, maintaining its balance throughout as a soft cedar finish begins to appear. Even down to the very end the flavor is never harsh, though the spice does become more intense and the finish takes on more pronounced notes of pepper.
In addition to the outstanding flavor, the construction of the CLEs is incredible. For me, construction is one of the most important parts of a premium cigar. Every CLE I have experienced has burned evenly, with a solid ash that will hang on nearly halfway through the cigar.
CLEs are also in stock in a Corojo wrapper, so if you're a fan of the Camacho Corojo, you should definitely check these out. The Corojos are also outstanding, and exhibit a more earthy character than the Cuarenta. CLEs are available in a variety of sizes, from a 5x50 Robusto to a 6x60. With prices in the $6-$8 range they're some of the best values going right now.