San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza

San Cristobal de la H. La Fuerza

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Grand Robusto (Super Robusto)
Size : 143 x 19.84 mm (5.6 x 50)
Ring : 50
Price : ~$11 each

San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza is the second review in our San Cristobal series. Slightly longer than a regular robusto, this gordito measures 5.6 inches with a 50 ring gauge. A few weeks ago, I thoroughly enjoyed the Oficios and I was looking forward to trying another vitola from the brand, having high expectations.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
This is some nice presentation. The wrapper is neat and has an attractive colorado color. The cigar has a pleasant smell of fermented tobacco. The pre-draw is woody and has some resistance.

Construction : Rating: ★★★½☆
I felt that the cigar lacked smoke, and it is probably not because of the draw which, as I already said, was on the tighter side. La Fuerza burned relatively well but, again, nothing to be excited about. Overall, a pretty average construction.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★½☆
The beginning brings an array of toasted notes; unfortunately they do not last long. The first third is earthy with a slight floral taste. The flavors are not very expressive, the smoke is medium-bodied. It’s an easy cigar, quite round in the second third. However, I found the last third really too young, very tannic and hardly enjoyable. I let it rest in the middle of the last third.

Value : Rating: ★★★☆☆
At $11 a pop, these are quite expensive. I would prefer most of the regular robustos (RASS, BRC…) over La Fuerza.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★☆☆
I probably was expecting too much from this cigar, after the excellent Oficios. San Cristobal La Fuerza could benefit from 3-5 years of aging, but when young (these were from ’08) they are not a very interesting option, at least for me. What is your experience with this smoke?

7 Comments on “San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza”

  1. Nice review. Getting them shipped from Switzerland, though… I mean, there is interest, there is fascination, and there is obsession…

  2. Thanks for the review.

  3. Thanks for the review. It would be interesting to know if and how much these would improve over 3-5 years.

  4. Nice review as usual. It’s a nice looking wrapper. I need to get to Canada at some point.

  5. I have had a box of these LA Fuerza. The first 10-12 were as you described. The remainder I let sit in the humidor for 6 months. Age changed this vitola for the better. They gained significant character and were 4/5 stars! With age, it is a wonderful and distinctive smoke. Goes great with port.

  6. Armaniac says:

    I think this cigar should be revisited by all. It is unfortunate the OP had a negative experience but lately, the La Fuerza production has been outstanding.

  7. Loved the SC La Fuerza. Not a complex cigar from the half dozen year olds I smoked all from June 2017. And I am not one to describe a cigar very extravagant way but I must say the particular vitola reminded me of pancakes and syrup or molasses. I loved it. But I never by CC blind. Either in Cuba and open a couple a boxes to find the wrapper I like or FOH on their 24:24 listings in th evenings.

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