Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 x 19.05 mm
Ring : 48
Weight : 10.86 g
Price : ~$10 each
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Underrated Hermoso #4 reaps big-time dividends in the taste department. This stick was reputed to be a favorite of Mr. Frank Sinatra back in the 40's when he made regular trips to Havana.
Nice medium brown Cuban Claro wrapper with a few light veins in this 48 ring guage in-between sized stick. Not as pretty to behold as a Trinidad or an H. Upmann though.
This stick was firm to the touch and the triple-cap was seamlessly applied. The Regios burns dead straight and the ash is a prime candidate for a "long ashes" contest.
The pre-light draw was amazing. Power and grace was evident from the very beginning with an abundance of good Cuban earth, some wet hay notes, rich Cuban coffee overtones, and a good shot of well-aged tobacco. I have smoked these sticks fresh from the box with little age on them and they still smoke as described above. As with all fine Habanos, the SLR Regios only improves with age.
Considering that it can be found for less than $10/stick through some on-line sources, I would say that the SLR Regios is an excellent bargain.
Overall Rating :
Loved it. Not as expensive as the Montecristo Edmundo or Partagas D4, but with all of the finesse of the former and the power of the latter. If you have the opportunity, please do yourself a favor and pick up a box. I think this stick truly strikes a real balance between strength and subtlety that is rare for any cigar, Cuban or otherwise.