Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.20 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 10.86 g
Box year : 1998
Price : ~$8-9 each
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The first thing I noticed on the cigar was the veiny wrapper. It’s not the smoothest wrapper in the world, but it does have a beautiful dark color to it. The band shows some age and the size is a Corona Gorda which is my favorite vitola.
The foot of the cigar smells really peppery and the wrapper smells a little sweet and cedary. Checking the the draw, it left a little bit of oak and peppery taste on my palate. Only thing left is to light it up. Shall we?
COFFEE. Are you kidding me? This is the most distinct coffee flavor I’ve tasted in any cigar, Cuban or Non-Cuban. Wow, the first puffs of this cigar are exactly 100% the taste of coffee. I was really amazed because I know we mention “coffee-like” flavors, but this is 100% COFFEE. For the rest of the cigar, I got plenty of the same coffee flavors, especially on the aftertaste. Then I got some sweet earthy tones mixed with a toasty oaky flavor. And surprise, surprise, it's smooth! I'm really digging the smoothness I get from Cubans compared to that “feel it in your throat” taste I get from a lot of non-Cuban cigars.
There was one problem, the draw. It was a little tighter then what I would want it to be and because of the tight draw, I was getting burn problems with this cigar a little past the second third. The ash was grey and very flaky, but held up pretty well.
When talking about Cuban cigars you probably won't hear “Saint Luis Rey” too much. Which is probably a good thing because now I can get them all for myself. Whether or not the age in this cigar is better than what they produce now, we’ll find out soon. And if you’re a cigar smoker who likes to age your cigars, you have a winner here. It’s definitely a sleeper and a very well priced cigar for what it offers. Try it, its REALLY good!
Final Grade: B+