22 responses

  1. creekend (UK)
    September 20, 2007

    100% correct, these are sold in the UK at much higher prices than any self respecting american would pay and are still rubbish.

    spot on review – thanks


    • Chris
      February 8, 2017

      I have purchased these cigars on a regular basis. The thing I hate about these is that more often than not they are not loosely tolled. They are rolled too tight and you can’t even get a draw. It like their plugged. For the regular price they are a rip off. Good thing o get them at a reduced cost or I wouldn’t waste my time with them. I find nicaraguan much better and they are hand wrapped.


  2. Fumeur
    September 25, 2007

    The cigar that I was once offered was even uglier than the one you had, mate! :) The flavor was just absent.


  3. Messerjocke
    June 20, 2008

    For the price of the cristales, you can get cigars from J.L. Piedra. Shortfillers as well, but at least the Piedras offer a nice taste.



  4. arl
    December 7, 2008

    Appearance: does not matter much, but was better than mentioned here.

    Construction: had no little pieces of tobacco. But did not like the fact it was cut.

    Flavor: first half was very light and does not even taste good, second half gave good strong Cuban taste – which is naturally better than _any_ American non-Cuban cigar has. And this beast has lots of nicotine – which is nice.

    Value: 3-4e, is decent. for value 8 out of 10 for this. (FYI: Rafael Gonzales Panetelas cost here around 5e, and is a better choice).

    I will definitely buy this cigar again.



  5. Alexandre Mello
    December 8, 2008

    I got one of these as a gift from a well-intentioned friend at work. I have to agree 100% with the reviewer. Lousy construction (worse than anything else I have seen, in fact), stuffed with less tobacco than it should (loose draw, gets too hot easily and produces smoke that seems to come from the sunday newspapers burning), with a frightening appearance (a cigar should at least look like a straight stick). Be good to your taste: if you want to smoke a true Habano, put a little more money on the counter and grab yourself a Partagas Mille Fleur or a RyJ Coronitas en Cedro. Won’t hurt your pocket that much and your senses will be greatly rewarded.


  6. phathungarian
    February 15, 2009

    I would have to agree with most of you. A lower quality cigar with really no flavor at all. I had a box of 10 crystales and I smoked them while walking my dogs and even that wasn’t much fun. It is not a cigar I would buy again, regardless of the price. In Cuba they really pushing this brand, ads for it are found everywhere. I think it’s a newer brand of cigar. Regardless, not much of anything.


  7. k0mmissar
    February 16, 2009

    I bought a box of these, 10, on a flight from Australia to Europe (I was bored, ok!!) Sadly, I didn’t see them until we had landed, and I wish i could have had my money back. Even in the box, I was horrified. I had a third of one and chuffed the box into the bin. I wouldn’t even gift my worst foe with these, I think they are soely for speeding your demise!


  8. Spud
    March 11, 2009

    I smoke one these at a friend’s party last week and it was very bad. It was flavourless and was very light weight. It didn’t feel like a cigar at all. I also got a wicked headache from puffing it.


  9. Caligo
    June 7, 2009

    i really wanted to try one, and i was really hoping that at least a lill of good scents would come out… it was absolutely outrageous, no taste at all, actually there was a little but just at the really end of it. the burn was uneven, the construction couldn’t be ugliest… but i should have expected that for that price.

    @Spud: it gave me headache too :O


  10. Merc
    June 9, 2009

    A close relative gave me a box of these as a gift and are not as bad as some of you here have mentioned. Sure they don’t compare to Cohiba’s or Montecristo’s, but still worth smoking. As the reviewer mentioned here, the construction is not that good but only because they’re machine made, not hand made. Considering this brand is the lowest of habanos, speaks well for cuban cigars.


  11. coldor
    June 14, 2010

    Well guys the ones i smoked and bought in Cuba were full of flavour and well made, the ones bought since returning vary in quality immensely. Get them from Cuba they are the best quality.


  12. Glynn Quelch
    June 16, 2010

    yup naff isnt the word. if you want a cheaper cuban go for Qunitero or Jose Piedra. not work the £5+ price tag (and im a retailer who sells these)


  13. lir
    August 7, 2010

    These stogies are garbage. I had a couple of them when I visited Cuba, and they were worse than Peso Cigars. (Peso Cigars are only sold to Cubans 1 peso = 1 dollar = 24 cigars). The funny part was that the women that worked at the store in the resort never gave me the same price twice. Once it was 1 peso, than 2 pesos, and once they asked for five pesos… damned commies…


  14. meneer
    October 6, 2010

    OK,they are cheap,but neither cubans smoke this kind of garbage


  15. jag-z
    October 17, 2010

    *I was really glad to see the 3 reviews earlier that gave SOME credence to this smoke. For the price and the fact that it IS 100% Cuban tobacco, I don’t mind fighting the rough construction & so on. And it IS flavorful.


  16. H H
    June 21, 2011

    Worst cuban i ever tasted stay away from the whole brand.


  17. Philoveritas
    November 18, 2011

    I smoked one of these a few months back bought in Cuba and found it too mild for my taste but flavourful in it’s own right. Bought some at the local shop in Canada not quite as good. They keep the choice product for sale in Cuba, but the export stock is inferior.


  18. el surco
    March 5, 2013

    The box is now a dark brown and the cigars are much improved.On my last trip to Cuba,Cubana was selling boxes of 5 on the plane for 10$and I decided to try a box.Glad I did.


  19. Andrew
    January 21, 2016

    Bought a box of hand rolled from cuba, which were much better than the machine rolled export. They had some flavor and burned great.
    These cigars got me in to cigars.

    Yes, its a light smoke but I think its a good place to start if you never had a cigar before.

    Thought it was a great cigar until I got introduced to better cigars, I still keep some around for my non cigar friends that love them and don’t normally smoke cigars.

    Imagine learning how to smoke and light a cigar on a cohiba, why not learn on a cheap stick first? something to think about.


  20. double d
    February 15, 2016

    What do you expect from a machine rolled, $1.50 cigar?

    Just invest a couple of dollars more and get yourself something nice to smoke. (Romeo y Julietta, partagas…)

    True, even the Peso Cigars you buy in Cuba for about 3 cents a stick are generally better quality, but still… don’t buy Guantanamera and expect Cohiba.


  21. brian kozak
    August 25, 2017

    ill take a cristales over my normal padron any day of the week good cheap cigar ………..


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