Cigar Review – Quinteros Favoritos

Origin : CubaQuintero cigars
Format : Concha No.2
Size : 4.5 (115mm) x 50
Handmade – Short Filler Tobacco
Price : ~$6.00

Draw : Rating: ★★★★★☆
Burn : Rating: ★★★★★☆
Flavours : Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
Aromas : Rating: ★★★½☆☆
Strength : Rating: ★★★☆☆☆

Overall Quality : Rating: ★★★★☆☆ (3.9)

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Quinteros Favoritos, wears a perfectly oily and silky wrapper. Its colour is very attractive and pleasant. I really like the format. Very similar to a petit robusto, which blended well, delivers flavours rapidly and form a high density of smoke! Looking at the foot and feeling the cigar can give you a good indication of the construction. From the visual perspective it looks perfectly rolled.
The band is the classic Quinteros red one, available on the whole range.I do not fancy the band much and think it could be slightly nicer. The band gives an old and outdated impression.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★☆☆☆

1st part
As I lit the cigar, my impression of a perfectly Rolled cigar was confirmed. Straight away, a big density of smoke comes out. The start is quite punchy and spicy. I was not expected such a powerful start. This was very enjoyable but can surprise some people. I don’t mind strong cigars when the flavours are here. Luckily I had both during the start.
The draw is great, smooth and easy revealing the great cigar construction.
A surprising sweetness takes over the palate as the man flavour element. Not the typical Cuban cigar sweetness. A caramel candy type of sweet. Last time I experienced it was in the Trinidad Topes. Towards the end of the 1st part, the cigar becomes lighter to give a long medium finish on the palate.

2nd Part
The flavours remain consistent from the end of the 1st part. The spiciness and strength from the beginning are completely gone. The Favoritos is getting lighter and the flavours are rounding up with a nice heat in the palate. There are nothing aggressive but there are not much complexity or excitement neither.
The sweetness is very present and give you a finish reminding of dried coconut.
The ash is beautiful, solid and light grey.

3rd Part
As expected for a short filler cigar the development isn’t present. Therefore the enjoyable sweetness, with a hint of coconut and slight woodiness remain present and constant. The cigar doesn’t over heat event until the very end. The finish is very light.
Throughout the cigar, the construction was great. The burn was very consistant and even, allowing the smoke to correctly express itself.

Overall Quality : Rating: ★★★★☆☆ (3.9)
When talking about value for money I believe the Quinteros Favoritos is almost unbeatable.
I enjoyed this cigar, Very easy to smoke, doesn’t require any smoking skills. The burn was perfect all the way and the flavours very easy to understand and appreciate. Of course nothing to do with a complex cigar that has important changes between the 3 parts. The Favoritos remains constant and linear throughout the smoke. It is is a great cigar for a first approach of Cubans, without spending much.