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San Cristobal El Morro Cigar - 1 Single

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Description Ref # SC0200

Length: 7 1/8" 
Ring Gauge: 49
Strength: Light to Medium 
Packaging: 1 Single Cigar

San Cristobal de la Habana was the original name of Havana, Cuba's capital city, when it was founded in 1519; San Cristobal (St Christopher) in honour of the Saint of the day where the city was founded, and La Habana after an Indian name for the site. 

San Cristobal de la Habana cigars were introduced in 1999 on the threshold of the new Millennium as a tribute to the city's long history. 

At first the range comprised just four vitolas, each names after one of the fortresses built from the 16th to the 18th Centuries that defended Havana when it was the hub of Spain's American empire. These are: El Morro, La Fuerza, La Punta and El Principe. 

Tasting Notes

The latest brand from Havana - characteristically dark chocolate brown wrappers and a delicious medium to full flavour with medium strength.


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by Staff on Tuesday 07 June, 2016
Reviewed by Jim Hansen & James Wallace (December 2001) The 3 cigars I received were beautiful, "Churchill" sized cigars. All three had unusually nice wrappers when compared to many other premium Cubans on the market today. The wrappers were a smooth, dark, reddish brown color. Almost no seam was visible on theses beauties! The caps were just about perfect. The overall oiliness of the wrapper, combined with the chocolate/ cedar aroma promised a great smoke. One of the three El Morro's had a slightly cracked wrapper at the foot, and was slightly beginning to unravel at one third distance from the cap. No big deal, completely smokeable after it's long journey. Cigar # 1 was enjoyed in the company of my good friend and fellow C.GARS customer (fanatic!) Jim Wallace. We reviewed these smokes together over two meetings at the local country club bar. We both ordered single malt scotches; an 18 yr. Glenmorangie, and a Talisker, and lit up the first cigar. Cigar # 1 had a bit of a firm draw, which limited the amount of mouth filling smoke... bummer! The flavor was absolutely delightful and surprising! I wished for more smoke, but there was alot of complexity to this cigar. I looked forward to trying the other two in hopes of a better draw. My first impression was that I wanted to buy MORE of these! What were they? I had never had a San Cristobal. As the cigar burned to the 1/3 area, I noticed that this was a very meaty cigar, with overtones of a big red wine. Cinnamon, clove, chocolate flavors Really delighted me. The draw had loosened up a bit which was appreciated. As I continued to the last third of the cigar, the espresso flavor began, and an interesting new flavor stepped in; a fragrant floral note was present that I LOVED. I can't name the flower, but it was a heavy slight scent of some blooming tree. Very nice, not overpowering, just faintly present but intoxicating. The cigar finished smoothly. The ash color was salt and pepper and firm. I liked this cigar. Mr. Wallace thought it was exceptional as well. EL Morro #2 was a much better draw. This cigar exhibited all of the same flavor traits, but with mouthfuls of smoke. 21/2" into this cigar the flavor intensified into cedar and chocolate. The same single malts were ordered as well, and were wonderful choices with these cigars! The cinnamon note presented itself with the floral note about halfway into this cigar and remained to the finish. A small burn problem was present at the halfway point, but quickly disappeared. The floral note I try to describe is sublime to me. It is reminiscent of the scent that you get when it is the perfect spring night and you walk near a plant or tree that has a heavy, beautiful, unreal, heavenly scent...then it is gone. That may sound dramatic, but it was there! Mind you, this cigar is not scented artificially in any way! It is just very distant, but there in the complexity. This Vitola has complexities like a fine wine... dare I say a Chateau Haut Brion? I'll never forget the first time I had a bottle of that wine. That was my intro into the definition of complexity. These cigars can exhibit that kind of awareness of flavor. The cigar finished beautifully. El Morro #3 was the same wonderful experience again. I can't really say anything was different in flavor. Slightly firm draw, a beautiful smoke. I would recommend this cigar to be enjoyed with a big malt whisky, big red wine, cognac or vintage port. Since there was no age submitted, I can only guess that these cigars are still fresh, and would age into something remarkable. These San Cristobals are new to me, and are definitely on my "buy" list. In closing, if you haven't tried one, you are really missing out. I would say this new cigar will rival or surpass your favorite Montecristo or Cohiba. I have smoked many of both, and these babies are more complex, and more easily enjoyable right out of the box. Give them a try soon! A few years of age could be scary! Jim Hansen and Jim Wallace C.GARS FANATICS!
by ArchivedCgarsReviews on Thursday 08 November, 2007
Oh yeah! This tastes like a more full-bodied Monte #2. One of the most flavorful Habanos available. Earthy and slightly sweet with a hint of nougat. The only problem is that these characteristically have a tight draw. Never had a totally plugged one, but it sometimes takes a little work to consistently get a good mouthful of the exquisite smoke that resides in these monsters. In my opinion one of the 3 best tasting cigars in the world...if only they made it easier to draw on these it would get an 11 on a 10 point scale. Great floral aroma much like the Monte. written by The Mantis
by ArchivedCgarsReviews on Thursday 08 November, 2007
If you have the good blend, then these Pacos exhibit some wonderful light to medium strength flavors of sweet spice,wood and dark notes within a good full draw. Tops in this vitola! written by ca
by ArchivedCgarsReviews on Thursday 08 November, 2007
Good firm construction with an exceptionally flat head. Perfect draw and even burn. A bit timid start with notes of nuts and spices. The second half of the cigar proved excellent with a full taste of spices and earth with a slight hint of sulphur. written by Peter N
by ArchivedCgarsReviews on Thursday 08 November, 2007
....but, whilst it was very well made, a nice dark, firm wrapper, the draw from it was soooooo disapointing...too firm, maybe it was stored incorrectly (not bought from CGars!) but had that whole pain in the a$$ half-burn-down-the-cigar thing going on, got bored three quarters of the way through and dumped it. I will try another one, as the SC range (esp. La Fuerza) are usually absolutely superb! : ) written by Marcus
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