Midnight Express by Caldwell Cigars

Come ride with me

I love Caldwell Cigars. Since my introduction with Blind Man’s Bluff, there has been no cigar produced by them that I did not completely love. They provide a nice range of body and all have excellent flavor.

Midnight Express continues a string of Caldwell cigar success for me.

The Cigar

Midnight Express is the maduro version of the Caldwell Eastern Standard and comes in four vitolas. Sizes are the Corona 46 x 5 3/8, Robusto 50 x 5, Piramide 50 x 6 and Toro 52 x 6.

The complexity comes from a blend of five tobaccos. The wrapper is a lower priming Connecticut Arapiraca Maduro. This distinguishes this cigar from the Eastern Standard (from which this cigar is derived) which has a wrapper made with a Connecticut shade and Brazilian Mata hybrid (proprietary) seed.

The binder is Dominican Habano, and the filler is a blend of Dominican Criollo 98’, Dominican Corojo ligero, and Nicaraguan Habano.

According to the website, I should expect pepper, leather, coffee and cream.

I could not wait to smoke this eye-popping blend!

My Thoughts

Midnight express is one of the most beautiful cigars to look at. The construction is immaculate with a nice chocolaty hue and tight wrap. It’s jammed with tobacco and smells wonderful on the cold draw.

After lighting, it was clear that this cigar was walk on the dark and wild side of Caldwell. The cigar moved back and forth between coffee and dark cocoa powder. These flavors were distinct in the beginning but intermixed perfectly after an inch and a half into the cigar.

Pepper was there and the was a great balance of flavor. It didn’t get as spicy as I thought it would, but it had some heat.

The cigar lacked the advertised sweetness which was a pity. It would have bumped the cigar to unique and set itself apart.


Good cigar. Excellent flavor and good balance which are minimum expectations of every cigar I smoke. I expected so much more from the complex blend of cigars, but it didn’t deliver much in flavor uniqueness. That was disappointing.

The cigar was not disappointing.

It delivered everything advertised. My expectations were for something more. Don’t however let my expectations bring you down. Good cigar by Caldwell and sure to make a fan out of fuller bodied cigar lovers.