Origin : Cuba
Format : Short Panatela (Cadete)
Size : 115 x 14.29 mm
Ring : 36
Weight : 5.43 g
Price : ~$5/piece
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I think Fonseca Cadetes is the smallest cigar from this undoubtedly "original" brand. Can't say it's the best one, yet it deserves a review :) (after all, most cigars do...)
As you can see from the picture, the cigar is wrapped in a thin rice paper. Some people say it looks great - I don't really agree. I like when a cigar looks like a real cigar, fat and beautiful :)
This cigar keeps getting better with humidor time, that's for sure. I remember having smoked one a few months ago (from the same box), it wasn't as good. The draw is even, easy, smooth. I can really say that it's well rolled.
The taste is light to medium. Earth notes, roasted nuts or almonds and hints of pepper. However, it could have been richer, really. Sometimes the plain tobacco flavor is overwhelming, but it doesn't always happen.
Fonseca Cadetes is a good value for money cigar. It's not expensive, yet you won't feel ashamed smoking it in front of your friends or offering it to somebody.
Overall Rating :
Well it's not amazing, but basically you'll find no better havana cigar for the price. They are always consistent, well rolled, look nice and taste nice. Not very complex just a nice medium earthy flavour with hints of coffee grounds and leather. There are a lot of better small havanas around but these are just so cheap and consistent!
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