Origin : Cuba
Format : Lonsdale (cervantes)
Size : 165 x 16.67 mm (6.4 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 10.8 g
Box code : PAR JUL 02
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.
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 I bet the appearance hasn't changed much since the beginning of the 20th century - a slightly outdated but attractive band and a colorado brown wrapper with 2-3 prominent veins.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.
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.
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.
Under $10/stick, the value is very attractive. It is not expensive compared to other Cuban lonsdales.
Overall Rating :
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.