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  1. Jmorena
    October 6, 2011

    Congrats on enjoying this cigar. I didn’t. Mine were a one trick pony, and the trick was pretty mediocre. No thrill, no complexity, for the entire two year old box. I probably got a bad batch. Don’t remember code or year.

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  2. Tee
    October 7, 2011

    Great review. Thanks. As someone who has enjoyed the Partagas Shorts for years, I can’t wait to try San Cristobal Principe.

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  3. Hdownunder
    December 27, 2011

    Great review and this has been one of my goto cigars for about a year and rarely if ever disappointed with this little medium bodied beauty. half way through the second of my last two boxes dated May/08.

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  4. poupon
    March 1, 2013

    These cigars never have failed to surprise me in a good way. They are quite consistent but I’ve never learnt to slow down and enjoy the depth of flavour since they are soo very good power smoked.

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  5. Zen Cigar
    April 23, 2013

    My Review of the San Cristobal de la Habana El Principe

    San Cristobal is normally one of my least favorite Habanos lines. I find them to be very salty and lacking in depth and Cuban musky flavor compared to some of my favorite Habanos. This stick came from a box with over two years of age, so I have an open mind going in.

    OK, so I start the review ragging on the cigar before I smoke it and I am getting my just desserts. The draw is a little tight, but the burn is dead even yielding tons of creamy leather flavors. There is a core of earth and tobacco that develops as I smoke.

    As I smoke further I am rewarded with rich dark coffee and a touch of licorice on the finish. I have to nub this cigar because the coffee and licorice flavors just keep intensifying and get better and better…

    OK, so while I don’t completely take back what I said on the SCdlH line in general, this box of El Principes is turning out to be a gem that I want to keep on aging and occasionally savoring.

    Rating: 93 (A)

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  6. Seedeater56
    June 6, 2014

    This cigar seems to excite some mixed reviews; and I’m afraid my experience wasn’t the greatest either.

    Although the initial impression was of a well constructed cigar, I found the wrapper coming loose within a couple of minutes. This might be down to storage of course.

    The very first draw – which incidentally was way too hard for fun – was very peppery with not much else going on. From there it unfortunately did not improve much; I’ve rarely had to struggle with getting draw quite so badly and can only conclude that this was a “Friday” cigar.

    Interestingly, I had a chat with my favourite stockist in St James’ whose very words were: “cigar smoking mustn’t become a chore”, quite so!

    In sum, other than the pepperiness, the cigar didn’t offer any taste challenges and had it not been stubbornness born of the expense I might well have given this up. That said; I’ll keep an open mind and try again sometime, as some of the other reviews are so positive I can only guess I happened on a dud.

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  7. Nick
    July 31, 2014

    I will agree that this is not a bad cc for the price,but at similar price I’d go for the Partagas Aristocrats.IMO a better cigar in every respect.

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  8. Nick
    June 2, 2016

    Luckily I found a NOV 00 box and smoked a few.Some of the flavors in the review are there but muted and there is a constant bitterness from the start,not unplesant,more like slightly bitter almonds.Most have slightly tight draw.Medium to full all the way but smooth and with great smell in the room.OK,different than shorts and no.5 so a good addition in the rotation.

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  9. Beneluxor
    March 12, 2017

    Nicely flavoured for me, attractive wrapper & cap, but tends to have a tight draw & can need a re-light. A few spice notes like a Hoyo, some of the woody-nature aspect of Romeo y Julieta tho not as strong, & an evolution of tastes keeping it interesting. Start is especially nice but can need a cigar-piercing-tool poke to relax the stick.

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