12 responses

  1. tempbond
    March 5, 2012

    Thanks for the review Tyler. Finally someone who loves JLPs as much as I do ! I like all of them, but my favorite are the Cremas.
    Good, honest cigars that don’t pretend to be something they’re not.


  2. CptBluebear
    March 6, 2012

    I used to buy bundles of these 10 years ago! Good to see they are still around.


  3. bear
    March 6, 2012

    Very well done review. Thanks.


  4. Jculbreth
    March 6, 2012

    Great review,Tyler, on an inexpensive,yet, very enjoyable cigar


  5. paul
    March 13, 2012

    These are my favorite cheap cigars!
    They do not have that salt/pepper mineral taste like cigars made from tobacco grpwn in Vuelta Abajo, but they still provide that cuban taste which all others try to emulate.
    I agree that these are not the most beautiful sticks ( in a bundle of 25 you hardly can find wrapper of the same color) but construction is good and burn is razor sharp.
    Better than most non-cubans under $5.00!


  6. EdT
    April 26, 2012

    Jose Lamadrid Piedra cigars are “Quality” cigars, whereas most consumers associate a higher cost with quality, quality professionals know full well that quality is what you can get the most for the least cost and the JLP line of cigars surely falls into this category.

    Many online resellers state that JLP line is “machine made”, Habanos S.A.’s claims they are totally handmade with short leaf tobacco !

    My favorite is the JLP Cazadore, dollar for dollar or in this case penny for penny there is no Cuban cigar that comes close !


  7. Edytor
    April 16, 2013

    Great review!
    A JLP and a glass of scotch make my nights after a long day at work (and it doesn’t have to be a special occasion). I live in China were cubans -real ones, not fake- are usually expensive, but I can get a pack of 5 JLP cremas for 17 USD. Is important to mention that in China any famous brand of cubans cost around 3-5 times its price in Mexico (where I come from) so it is a good thing that JLPs are not very famous around here and can keep a real price. I just finished one BTW, it didn’t have the usual nice draw but I still loved it.


  8. Zen Cigar
    May 20, 2013

    This is Cuba’s version of the bundle cigar. NOT known for their consistency, JLPs are super cheap and have mixed filler.

    I could barely draw from the one I smoked today, it was so tight.

    As far as flavor is concerned this has a bit of the cuban muskiness and there also is a touch of tobacco. I barely got any smoke out of this, and I had to give up or my cheeks were going to implode.

    JLP are very hit and miss; some are okay, this one was not.


  9. twohand
    September 15, 2014

    Sounding in a bit late, but wanted to also add how much I love these ugly beasts! Very good cigar that can be had for less than $2 a stick on some of the duty-free websites – that is, when they are in stock! Tough little buggers to come across spring thru summer.

    When you smoke these babies, you have to remind yourself they are inexpensive. This is a double-edged statement, for sure due to the brands inconsistencies. Sometimes I have one that I’m telling myself “Holy crap! This is the best gar I’ve had in ages!” Other times I am trying to figure out a way of getting a good mouthful of smoke without giving myself a hernia! I take it all in stride, though, because I have had My Father cigars that burned uneven or was like trying to light up a hot dog.


  10. Kemal
    January 24, 2015

    ı was regular user of josel piedra cigars, but ı just gave up to somoke anymore today, because of last two ones not burmed ,çı have photo of some woods of ınsıde the cigars. Kemal


  11. Bobby Geraghty
    August 6, 2016

    Gimme some cheap cigars man I love Cuban too expensive bt these I like better than Cohiba Siglo’s


  12. Andreas Pantzis
    April 30, 2017

    I smoke Jose L. Piedra!
    Today after lunch i smoke one cigar and inside was an iron nail. I photographed it!I you want I can send you the photos!
    Maybe I won something?


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