Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sun-Grown
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $9 each
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Up for review is a Nicaraguan San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol in the belicoso vitola. This brand is owned by Ashton and I found a pretty good description on their website:
San Cristobal Seleccion Del Sol is the finest new cigar of 2009. Handcrafted by the Garcia family, these cigars feature a very special sun-grown wrapper grown on the family's "Estrella" farm in Esteli, Nicaragua. Estrella sits on a picturesque plot of land surrounded by green hills, where sunlight abounds and the soil is as thick and as dark as coal. Jaime Garcia hand-selected these beautiful wrappers from the first crop of tobaccos harvested from Estrella explicitly for this cigar.
The bands on this cigar, featuring a colorful parrot, are very eye-catching. Underneath, the San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol isn’t much to look at. There are some noticeable veins, the cap is a bit rough looking, and the leaf itself is not particularly well oiled.
The draw is a bit tight on this cigar, but the burn is nice and even. The ash does not cling very well, and tends to drop off very quickly. You have to be careful smoking this cigar so that it doesn’t get on everything. Sadly the draw issues aren’t just present in the beginning. They are there from start to finish.
The San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol starts off with spice on a backdrop of cedar. As the experience unfolds, some sweet honey notes are added in. The middle third has some leather and coffee, and in the final third the cedar takes over again, while the other flavors drift into the backdrop. The flavors aren’t particularly distinctive, but they are enjoyable. I can see why this cigar is well liked by other smokers.
This cigar costs around $9 for a single stick, which would be all right if a few things were improved. For that price I would expect more solid construction, especially where the draw is concerned. The flavors, while enjoyable, aren’t so unique that I can’t find similar combinations elsewhere in cigars with better construction.
Overall Rating :
The San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol Belicoso isn’t a bad cigar by any means, but the price is a bit of a deterrent for me. I would be more likely to smoke more of these if they were a couple dollars less expensive, or if the draw were loosened up a bit.