Fonseca KDT Cadetes

Fonseca KDT Cadetes
FonsecaOrigin : Cuba
Format : Short Panatela (Cadete)
Size : 115 x 14.29 mm
Ring : 36
Weight : 5.43 g
Price : ~$5/piece

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…)

Appearance : Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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 :)

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
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.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★½☆
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.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
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 : Overall Rating: ★★★½☆
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!

8 Comments on “Fonseca KDT Cadetes”

  1. I have to agree on the appearance. I’m more fond of the traditional look, but to each his own. I was very fond of the taste though, hearty. I love a good meaty smoke, without actually going so far as to be harsh.

  2. RobustoCharles says:

    I don’t know. From my own point if view, I quite enjoyed the appearance. The non-traditional look gave it a feel of risque. Excellent taste and draw. Good one

  3. I think Fonseca is an underrated brand, but this particular vitola doesn’t do it justice. The No.1 with 3+ years of age on it is a wonderful refined and delicate smoke full of amazing complexity. Perfect with a morning latte.

  4. I think KDT gives chocalate and sweet after 6-12 months aging.

  5. BTW, agree with Matt. I have fortunately tried one No.1 from box of 2001 this year, like a chocalate stick! How wonderful~~~

  6. As my first comment on this site, first of all, can I just say what a wonderful resource it is.

    Onto the Cadetes. I’m quite fond of this cigar’s appearance – underneath the rice paper I’ve generally foud it to have a reasonably good wrapper.

    Overall though, it’s an average smoke. Nice nutty and honeyish at the start – plain boring through the middle – and a quick dash of Glayva and wood at the end. And then there’s the aroma – it’s always reminded me of cigarettes…

    It’s average, it’s certainly not a bad cigar, but it’s not good either. (In my opinion).

  7. I picked up a 2008 box from dubai a month ago for £35 and smoked around 8 of them already after a month in the humidor. All were to tight and hard to pull on I am hoping with another 3 months in the humidor they be easier to smoke.

  8. Indeed a pleasant cigar, mild with some flavour, in what I find a delightful short-smoke vitola … & a bit cheaper than the identically-sized Upmann Junior with tube. The delicate rice paper feels a fuss, as I’m not used to removing the cigar band right away.

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