If you do not like full body Cuban cigars, do not go this route or you will be feeling it. Overall a very nice cigar that is well balanced with quality construction. I do hope to see these progress in complexity over the next year or two so we will see...
This cigar is an old Cuban standard and is known for its smooth yet strong profile. I have had a number of these in the past and am really looking forward to reviewing this cigar. The box has some age on it (over a year) although still a younger cigar for a Cuban.
Fairly smooth with an earthy aroma to the tobacco. I have a small water spot on the wrapper but it shouldn’t change anything. The wrapper was fairly smooth beyond the veins so not very toothy. Overall a very nice presentation. To start off, there is an earth and walnut present with a light white pepper and cinnamon on the finish.
The transition half way through this third the profile moved to a creamy and musty earth and milk chocolate notes. The finish stays similar with the light black pepper (instead of white) and some cinnamon. The walnut has nearly disappeared by the end of this third. Medium body at the most...Musty earth (aged tobacco) and rich cream is the main flavor with cocoa and cinnamon at the end of the draw into the finish.
I get a slight white pepper but not much, more so on the retrohale. The cream has become stronger during the end of the body third into the last third. Mot much of a transition from the end of the foot third but I’m not sure I want it to change.
All of the flavors are well balanced and the body has moved to medium full. Flavors remain the same at the front of the head third with a little more of a nicotine kick, becoming full body in flavor and strength. The earth moved to a straight ahead earthiness with heavy cream.
It did get a little hot towards the end but it was minor heat. Another year and this may get a little better…hard to imagine. I expected a very good cigar and got an amazing cigar. Musty earth, cream, cocoa, and cinnamon with a finish with white pepper and cinnamon is a great balance.
Be sure to pick these up if you can and let them sit for 6 months. Once they hit a 18 months they take off in quality. I will try to save a few for the 3 year mark but I don’t know if I can hold off. Habanos at their best! Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity. Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market priceTaking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience.
New Cuban Cigars Coming in 2020 February 24, 2020 It’s a celebration of anniversaries this year at the Habanos Festival, as the worldwide Cuban cigar distributor will be releasing many cigars in 2020 tied to a benchmark year (review of Bolivar cigars).
It’s been quite a year for the Cuban cigar industry, thanks to landmark action by the Executive Branch that’s finally removed the limit on importation of Cuban Cigars for personal use. But there’s another reason – Cuban cigars continue to be by far the best in the world, with Habanos SA continuing to roll out great stick after great stick.
Here are the five best Cuban cigars for 2017, with one clear winner: the smaller-production Bolivar brand, which is, right now, producing Cuba’s best cigars. Simply put, this under-the-radar cigar blew us away. This 17. 8cm, 47-ring-gauge smoke is effectively a churchill, and while it might seem like a powerhouse on first inspection, it’s terrifically balanced and never overpowering.
The Montecristo No. 2, Cuba’s most famous torpedo, continues to be great. Perhaps the most legendary (and one of the most widely sold) Cuban cigar, the Monte No. 2. continues to be a superb torpedo, with a flavorful but always consistent note and an elegant flavor and aroma. While Bolivars are often wrongly described as very strong, the reality is that, while they’re flavorful, they’re never overpowering.
This torpedo is as good as it gets, with a smooth draw and tremendous balance. It’s small, but it packs a punch. The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 is a medium-bodied to full cigar that’s just five inches but with a 50 ring gauge, and the result is spectacular.