New to cigars and bought these along with a box of Montecristo but preferred these Guantanamera cigars. Nice smoke to get started on my cigar journey with about 15 minutes smoke time. Enjoyed with a nice glass of single malt whiskey.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Sunday 24 July, 2016
I guess this would be a good cigar for beginners.
Out of the packet, the stick has a spongy feel. Sniff test: Mild tobacco with (bizarrely) a faint underscore of urine.
Initial impressions upon lighting: A nice, loose draw, with plenty of mild-tasting smoke. There's a mild taste of tobacco with an added underscore of cedar wood that lingers only briefly on your tongue.
The first third had a good, steady burn. The ash is loose, and falls away within barely an inch. There's no change in the pleasant, mellow flavour.
The middle third introduced a mild taste of creamy chocolate for a few draws. I also detected a taste of hops which, again, didn't last long.
The final third maintained that mild taste. It did get a little stronger but it was still no more than a mild stick.
In conclusion, this is a mild, mellow-tasting stick I would imagine would be an ideal starter for someone who hasn't smoked cigars before. Burn time is about 20 minutes so it's ideal for those with little time to spare.
At the price, this is an okay smoke ideal for beginners.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Friday 15 July, 2016
Picked a few of these up recently to make a comparison between a few budget and a few slightly up market cigars. From a relative newbie, this was an enjoyable smoke. Very little complexity but plenty smooth. Bitter at times but very enjoyable on the whole. Is the 20ish minute smoke time suitable? Definitely. It's a little bland to spend much more than that. I enjoyed mine moments ago with a late morning coffee.
The build quality is questionable; mine had started unravelling at the pre-cut. I bought two and upon checking the second, it looks of far better build. Perhaps I just got a shabby one!
If you're a beginner, this is a great start. However, I also purchased a Clubmaster Tubed Panatella - vanilla in the same order. For the extra quid or so, that had a fantastic build, tubed and wrapped and in my humble opinion, was even smoother. No, it's not Cuban but who cares at this price point?
If you can stretch to the above Clubmaster, do so. If not, this is worthy of the price.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Thursday 22 October, 2015
Plenty of smoke. Nice and smooth. Good 20 minute smoke. I will be ordering again.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Tuesday 08 September, 2015
pretty good for one of my first ever cigars, I might get a pack of 5 soon..
If you dont want an expensive or strong cigar then I'd recommend giving one of these a try