Sancho Panza Molinos

Sancho Panza Molinos

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Lonsdale (cervantes)
Size : 165 x 16.67 mm (6.4 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 10.8 g
Box code : PAR JUL 02
Hand-Made
Price : ~$200 for a box of 25
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Sancho Panza is an old Cuban brand created in 1852. It is not a well-known line that contains less than 10 cigars, some of them (Bachilleres, Non Plus) being rather average smokes whereas others, for example Coronas Gigantes or Molinos, the object of this review, are on par with cigars from major producers.

Appearance : ★★★★★
Just like Montecristo cigars, the Sancho Panza has a classic Cuban look. I bet the appearance hasn't changed much since the beginning of the 20th century - a slightly outdated but attractive band and a colorado brown wrapper with 2-3 prominent veins. The pre-draw reveals aromas of wood and coffee.

Construction : ★★★★☆
The construction is relatively good. Out of a dozen cigars that I smoked, only one had a really tight draw. I have not experienced any major problems with the burn. Furthermore, from what I hear, the construction is top notch in the recent production.
 
Flavor : ★★★★☆
The flavor is also supposed to remind us of the old school habanos. This lonsdale lights easily and immediately delivers mushroom and cedary flavors, coupled with strong mocca notes in the second third. The Molinos is medium-bodied and very well balanced. Right until the end, the smoke is gentle and delicate, with a lot of white pepper to make sure the smoke isn't boring.

Value : ★★★★½
Under $10/stick, the value is very attractive. It is not expensive compared to other Cuban lonsdales.

Overall Rating : ★★★★½
The overall quality of this brand drastically increased over the last few years. Give the Molinos a try and stock up if you like 'em. Aged, they will be a nice treat, just like the ones I had.

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2 Comments on “Sancho Panza Molinos”

  1. My Review of the Sancho Panza Molinas

    This is a size that I have been meaning to try for a while. I have already tried the Belicosos and the Coronas, but the Molinas is a new size for me.

    I like Sancho Panzas, I just don’t love them. This one for me starts out nice enough: salty and nutty with some coffee notes.

    The draw is very tight in this heavily box-pressed cigar. They put a LOT of tobacco in this skinny fellah. It is a light brown tawny colored cigar with few visible veins and very firm to the touch.

    There is a subtle vegetal quality that is why I don’t go ga-ga over SPs.

    I am enjoying this cigar with a hot mug of Larry’s Beans Mountain Sumatra and it is pairing perfectly with this cigar.

    This cigar did require a lot of attention. I could not put it down for a minute without having to relight it. It also canoed a third of the way down.

    It had a very short finish, but the draw did open up for the last third and I got that wonderful Cuban sweet spot of cocoa powder, a musky earthiness and espresso.

    Rating: 87 (B)

  2. Aldo Mombello says:

    Many smokers consider Sancho Panza brand as producer of well done cigars but poor of taste and flvour with medium strenght. This is true for Sancho Panza cigars smoked without aging. The four most important vitolas of this brand grand coronas (Sanchos) julieta n.2, piramides and lonsdale (cervantes) called Molinos have a sort of “secret” inside them. I am crazy? Maybe, but you if you make a long aging of Sancho Panza cigars you have a unforgettable experience. These cigars that in childood have a prevalent grassy taste and flavour in maturity (8-10 years in humidor) become rich of taste and flavour and tkey unsuspecably reveal good balanced and more of all a pleasant mix of organolectic characters. I try that after smoke half box of molinos some, several Sanchos a box of piramides and 5-6 churchils. You cannot believe me but I considervSancho Panza cigard after long aging a top brand.

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