Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express marked one of the first additions to the fan-favorite original Eastern Standard cigar, first jumping onto the premium cigar scene in 2016. While it is known that Robert Caldwell (owner of Caldwell Cigar Co.) prefers cigars with lighter wrappers and more delicate, Cuban-esque smoking profiles, smokers had demanded an Eastern Standard maduro offering; Caldwell eventually turned to the dark side, introducing Eastern Standard Midnight Express to the masses.
Midnight Express holds true to the brand's roots, showcasing a unique wrapper with both Ecuadorian and Brazilian ties. This wrapper is a Connecticut Arapiraca maduro hybrid, grown in Ecuador. A Dominican Habano leaf has been selected as the binder, and fillers are all Cuban-seed, being harvested from Nicaragua and the DR. On paper, it's a quite similar blend to the ES predecessor, save for the more sinister wrapper ingredient. This subtle tweak brings a dramatic shift in profile, showing hearty flavors of freshly tilled earth, dark spices, cocoa, dark-roast coffee beans, licorice, and leather.
Finesse meets brawn in this extraordinary display of maduro-fueled flavor for the hardened palate!