7 responses

  1. Aldo Mombello
    October 15, 2013

    Grat “little” cigar. I agree completey this review, all characteristic of Rafael Gonzales brands are represented in Perlas, as in the most famous Rafael Gonzales Lonsdale. In this class of little cigars I consider also Partagas Short (vitola “minuto”, this R.Gonzales is vitola “perla”) but very different for strenght, taste an flavour from RF Perlas, Cohiba Siglo I, Montecristo n.5 and also a little bit different for size if I remeber H.Upmann Petit Upmann (vitola cadete, ring gauge 36) the preferred cigar of JFK. There is a legend that say that Presiden Kennedy delayed the embargo against Cuba of two days for store many boxes of this little HU cigar.


  2. Gene
    October 15, 2013

    Thanks, sounds great. Always looking for a tasty quickie.


  3. SteveGriff
    October 16, 2013

    Great review! I agree with the reviewer, lovely, affordable small smoke that does not cut corners. I find myself keeping at least two boxes of these in the humidor at all times. The Rafael Gonzalez Perlas is one of those Cigars you could smoke with a morning coffee, after lunch, or during mid afternoon taking a stroll.


  4. Aldo Mombello
    October 23, 2013

    To come back on the discussion of this night about cigars too large and too short, this Perlas vitola cigar, from Rafel Gonzales brand that is more famous for its Lonsdale (dalias vitola)support my reasoning that a cigar should be well balanced in ring gauge and lenght. This little cigar has a complexity of taste, flavour and intensity much more expressed than the “short giants” of whose I speak last night.


  5. Budgie
    May 4, 2014

    Rafael Gonzales – Perla (one hour)
    Prelight: Very easy draw. Obviously hand rolled with pleasant unevenness, leaf veins pronounced but not intrusive. Firm cap, easy to cut with sharp knife, no compression.
    Lighted: Somewhat uneven burn. Flecked, bitty ash.
    First ⅓: mild with a bit of after bite. Sweet on the underside of the tongue. Extremely cool draw. Cocoa flavour developing, becoming milder? Robust ash, though still uneven with ¼” discrepancy.
    Second ⅓: Juicy, but mild, comparable to El Rey Demi-tasse. Draw becoming firmer. Unevenness becoming quite pronounced with elements of non-burn, untidy. Cocoa has given way to nutty. Quite possibly head cut not deep enough, buildup of moisture compacting cap. Extremely cool draw but noticeable bite on lips. Draw becoming a bit laborious, will cut a bit deeper into end cap.
    Final ⅓: Success! Another 1/2mm off cap, lots of moisture but instant freeing up of draw. Unevenness relentless, following line of leaf roll. Developing espresso edge. Flameout! Relight, almost crater at foot, harsh couple of draws. Quickly re established burn but along diagonal of wrapper leaf line. Flameout, again! Better relight, surprisingly mild and relatively cool to the final nub, though with espresso strong roast aftertaste. Final bit for sheer bloody mindedness sake! Hot to draw.
    In sum: A very satisfying, gentle flavour, a bit of hard work, not ideal for a beginner. Remember to cut at least ¼” off cap! Suitable step up from an El Rey demitasse. Not very suitable for breezy out of doors! Recommend a gentle drink; G&T with lime and a windstll or indoor environment.


  6. maarten
    February 24, 2016

    Just picked up a box of these at FRA airport – 82 Euro – pretty cheap. Nice quick cigar, mild to medium, heaps of smoke, nice tones, hints, even burn. Definitely will buy again.


  7. Rob P
    April 13, 2016

    Fairly underwhelmed with the 2-five packs I have purchased. Much better value/smoke with the JLP Petit Cazedores IMO.


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