Too tight to enjoy. A very constricting draw, with little smoke and poor combustion. First half is very bitter and dry, though the final third improves with notes of leather and cedarwood. Some earthly notes balance it well. Overall, a disappointing experience.
Reviewed by Michael Hochman (January 2001)
I decided to taste my three cigars in three distinct situations.
1. Cigar #1 - A day out with an old friend.
2. Cigar #2 - A first date.
3. Cigar #2 - Playing Pocket Billiards.
I must admit that the expectations are highest for cigar #2. Here's the timetable and a little background for each cigar.
1. Cigar #1 (Monday, February 05, 2001) was smoked after a day of errands, some shopping (TWO Charvet ties from Sacks 5th Avenue), a nice dinner (Ruth's Chris Steakhouse), and off to my favorite hotel lobby bar (The Minneapolis Hilton) for the best part of the day, relaxing with a friend (Heidi) and a good cup of coffee after a fulfilling dinner and my gifted Havana.
2. Cigar #2 (Tuesday, February 06, 2001) was smoked at during my first date with Ilona. We went to some modern art museum (splattered paint on canvas, incongruent sculpture, art I could not understand), had some pasta for lunch, and then back to The Minneapolis Hilton for cigar #2
3. Cigar #3 (Wednesday, February 07, 2001) was smoked while using the game of pocket billiards as an excuse for separating my friends from their hard earned money. A victory cigar is always nice.
I began the cigar at 6:03 PM CST. I thought it might go well with a bit of coffee, cream and sugar. Indeed I was correct. It started out questionably. The flavor was certainly there, quite full, I'd say, but the complexity was not. I'd have to say the flavor was a bit flat and one dement ional. About 1/3 of the way through the cigar it became ripe with that 'Cubana' flavor. I don't really know how to describe that, but only Cuban cigars seem to have it. It's.err.. umm. well. Cubanish. The draw on this cigar was perfect. The feel of the cigar was perfect. The burn was perfect. The ash was beautiful. The flavor, however, was kinda dull. The little bastard burned long enough, though, it took me until 6:57 to burn my fingers. All in all, cigar #1 was a bit. dull.
I think all the modern art put me in a bad mood; A canvas painted solid black, a group of televisions with tap-dancing elfin racecar drivers, a wrecked auto painted solid gray. I was happy to get to cigar #2. Again I chose coffee (cream and sugar) and in the good, chatty company of my companion, I lit the little gemstone. DAMN the draw. I feared for my fillings as I tried to draw smoke from the stingy beast. About Â½ way through I gave up and lit up a Bolivar Coronas Extra. I'm not going to tell you how wonderful that cigar is, because this taste test is about the San Cristobal. Unfortunately, however, the San Cristobal's impossible draw forced me to end this one early. I was also in direct competition with Ilona's clove cigarettes. As I'm sure you can understand, I needed an easy drawing cigar to see to it that the gentle, pleasing cigar aroma surrounded that clove cigarette nastiness.
I lit this one while beating my work companions out of their hard cash on the billiard table. It became the smoke of victory. I had almost the same trouble with draw, but it seemed to loosen up about Â½ way through. It had that certain Cuban taste, but again, quite simple, not complex at all. It burned for almost an hour, just like cigar number one. For such a short cigar, I was surprised at the longevity. Although tastier than your average Dominican, I would have to grant this cigar with an overall review of 'flat' . I DID win a few dollars playing pool, however, so it might be a lucky smoke.
I had a couple of these sitting in my humidor for about a year, so I thought I'd give one a try this weekend.
Judging by the packing at the foot of the cigar, construction looked good and the wrapper looked fine with no noticeably large veins. Pre-light aroma was like a very light manure, but not unpleasant.
The draw was excellent from the very first puff with plenty of thick white smoke. The first third was mild, but with a very slight spiciness at the edge of the tongue. This developed into a beautiful creamy taste two-thirds in, still with a very easy draw.
Unfortunately, by the final third, the wrapper began to unfurl, spoiling the experience somewhat.This was the only negative I could find.
This cigar held it's ash very well and and was long lasting (about an hour) given it's relatively small size.
Will definitely be buying these again and would recommend them highly.
As a novice smoker researching the cigar selection for our wedding, this was bought on recommendation from your shop in Glasgow as the ideal length of smoke for this occasion.
Smoked after brunch at a civilised Glasgow cafe, it started out with a light draw but soon developed into something more substantial, and a coffee latte complimented it very well indeed.
It lasted a satisfyingly long time, and while classed as a light to medium cigar, certainly gave this novice a powerful smoking experience.
Definitely a serious contender for our wedding selection.
A great cigar, by far the best I've smoked over the past few months. The draw was effortless, taste was nice and light to begin with, although the last 2/3rds brought wonderfully deep flavours. I have another from this brand and I am hoping for more of the same! I would rate 6/5, I enjoyed it that much!