Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
I bought one of these based on the previous reviews that I had read and was looking forward to sitting out on the deck with a coffee and enjoying this cigar.
I was surprised when I removed the paper coating to find the stick was quite veiny and the seam of the wrapper was quite prevalent. Nevertheless, I cut and toasted (narrowly missing the remains of the cap peeling away) and then sat down to enjoy this smoke.
Initially, I found the smoke harsh on the soft palate and back of the throat. I was getting a strong saltiness which wasn't unpleasant but the harshness was distracting from the flavour. Just as it began to settle down and get a bit more mellow, the burn began to grow increasingly uneven. The ash began to droop and then after only about an inch of the way down, it went out completely.
I relit and continued but very soon thereafter, the burn became uneven again and a dark colouration started to develop halfway down the wrapper. It didn't lose the bitterness either. And then, another half an inch and it went out again!
At this point, I was cursing myself for not lighting a Hoyo de Monterey Epicure #2 or an Inka secret blend Azul blue petit corona. I therefore decided to leave it at that after only twenty minutes and not bother trying to light it again. At least the coffee was still warm.
Rating: [1 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Thursday 20 September, 2012
Not the prettiest looking wrapper that's quite veiny. Thr cigar had a firm draw which eventually loosened a bit, and had a fairly even burn.
A Light-Medium Cigar. Because of the firm draw, it was initially difficult to taste anything. Gradually flavours did develop and become more prominent further on. Subtle flavours I could make out were grassy or herbaecous, some nutty coffee, and there's a distance slight sour tinged.
Once the smoke got going, I quite enjoyed this - and would consider it again.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Friday 30 March, 2012
Just smoked one of these and found the taste and smell was excelant, a good drink with this for me is a gatsby, ( southern comfort, dry ginger, lime cordial ), mouth wateringly sweet togeather, the only thing that let me down was the very uneven burn, this one was badly made after the first inch of ash drop off, will defenately recommend this to anyone and I will be back for more
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Friday 10 June, 2011
I actually found that this wasn't quite as nice as its smaller counterpart, the Cadete. Not quite as smooth. But in its own right, not bad at all. Very complex flavours and lasts a good while.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Wednesday 23 March, 2011
this is a good smoke, smooth, good draw and subtlely complex flavours.
Well constructed and burned very evenly. A good value Cuban for £2.00 less than some others.