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Rafael Gonzalez Perlas Cigar - Box of 25

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Description Ref # RG0500

Length: 4"
Ring Gauge: 40
Strength: Light 
Packaging: Box of 25 Cigars 

Vitola: Tres Petit Corona
Smoking Time: 20 Minutes
Other Cigars in this Vitola: 
Cohiba Siglo I
Montecristo No. 5

Rafael Gonzalez was created in the 1930's. 

It was in this brand that the 6 1/2 inch by 42 gauge cigar, which has the factory name of Cervantes, was the first called a Lonsdale after Lord Lonsdale, the famous English sporting Earl and cigar aficionado of that period. Now many other brands use the name as well. 

On its lid label each box carries a curious inscription written in English to the effect that the cigars should be smoked within one month of the date of shipment from Havana or otherwise they should be carefully matured for about one year. 

Rafael Gonzalez cigars contain a light tasting blend of filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone. 

Tasting Notes

89 / 100

"...Despite the small size, this little tawny-coloured cigar has a voluminous draw that imparts a smoke loaded with oak and maple notes accentuated by black pepper and earthy carob..."


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by Mark on Monday 27 June, 2016
I am reviewing this again because I believe I previously had a bad cigar which CGars kindly replaced for me. This was a really pleasant smoke. Nice and mild with a creamy taste and nice even burn. For the price this is an excellent little cigar.
by Mark on Thursday 09 June, 2016
Rather disappointed with this. It was a very tight draw and produced very little smoke. It burned very unevenly and went out towards the end. By no means unpleasant and at times was a nice, mild smoke, but overall not great.
by Staff on Tuesday 07 June, 2016
Its early evening, and my cigar of choice is the Rafael Gonzalez Perlas at 4 inches in length and 42 ring gauge, it promises to be a 30-40 minute smoke, and my hopes are high for this little fella, based on other reviews. So, time to settle down in the smoking salon (i.e. garage), pop Dark Side of The Moon onto the stereo and settle back with the Rafa and a nice glass of rum. The Rafas wrapper speaks to me flawless and rich I can hardly wait to get stuck into this gem of a cigar. The initial aroma is subtle and enticing. The pre-light draw is not the easiest Ive had, but not bad by any means, and it hints at coffee and hay. The cigar lights easily and evenly, and that first breath is a delight almost immediately I get coffee and creaminess that herald a light and tranquil smoke. The draw is a little on the heavy side, but it certainly wont cause any brain damage, and Im getting plenty of smoke. The taste of the Rafa is developing nicely its rounding out and drifting from a light to a medium bodied smoke, and Im getting a lovely bitter chocolate flavour. The dense cylinder of white-grey ash is holding nicely, and the burn is beautifully even, with no touching up necessary. Im a third of the way through the smoke and I realise, as a delicious woody aspect begins to develop to join the creaminess and chocolate, that time is likely to be my only problem - I dont want this tremendous little cigar to end! We are getting on for twenty-five minutes, and we have the first ash drop. The Rafas glowing heart is revealed, and the first draw subsequent to the drop brings a delightfully intense tingle of pepperiness to the experience. The second half of the Rafa proves to be as consistent as the first no great complexity, just a lovely gentle smoke with enough variation to keep the palate interested. Its a real shame when I finally have to say goodbye to it, fingertips burning and less than an inch left thank goodness I have another four in the humidor! This cigar eclipses most other small vitolas Ive experienced, holds its own against the Montecristo No.5, and for me represents real value for money in a small Cuban.
by Chris on Wednesday 30 September, 2015
Perfect draw, burn and construction. Lasted a full 45 minutes. Wonderful flavours all the way down. Slight nicotine "hit," at the end but that was probably my fault for smoking it almost until it burnt my fingers. Didn't want to put this one down.
by David on Sunday 28 December, 2014
These Perlas are really quite deceptive, initially, hints of sweet hay, developing into more complex citrus/cocoa flavours. An even easy draw, with a consistent burn, not a hint of excessive heat towards the end, finally a deep chocolate flavour. All noted by previous reviewers, but in varying degrees, as I have found to my pleasure. I can see why these have been given several awards, and deservedly so! A thoroughly enjoyable 45 minutes taken with a good Columbian coffee.
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