CLE Cigars debuted two new brands in 2016, counterbalancing each other with a sort of yin and yang methodology. The cigars are CLE Chele and CLE Prieto, being named for Spanish slang, meaning light-skinned or dark-skinned, respectively. This plays into the two blend's wrapper styles, with the Chele showcasing a light Connecticut Shade wrapper, while the Prieto offers a dark Connecticut Broadleaf.
Each cigar boasts box-pressed formats and fuller-bodied smoking profiles. As for the Prieto—the darker of the two cigars—the blend marks the first time that a CLE cigar has showcased the fan-favorite Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper style. This gritty, earthy, hearty leaf is secured over an all-Nicaraguan binder/filler recipe (differing from CLE's signature inclusion of Honduran tobaccos). With Nicaraguan tobacco being known for its fiery characteristics, it's easy to see why CLE Prieto has quickly become one of the most sought-after offerings in the company's portfolio.
The cigars' box-pressed formats help to deliver a cool and clean smoking texture onto the palate, highlighting rich flavors of earth, cocoa, black pepper, espresso, and a semi-sweet black licorice finish.