After my surprising experience with a Regional Edition Fonseca, I thought that I really should check what else the brand has to offer. Not much can stop me when I’m about to visit my local cigar shop, so quickly enough I purchased a fiver of Fonseca Delicias, which are 4.8 x 40 petit coronas. Given the price (~3 bucks each) and the fact that they are short-filler, I wasn’t expecting a lot from these. Let’s see how they fared.
Origin : Honduras Format : Original/Cheroot Size : 5 x 44 Wrapper : Nicaraguan Colorado Filler : Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo Binder : Nicaraguan Criollo Hand-Made Price : ~$2 each More info about purchasing J. Fuego cigars...
J. Fuego is one of a number of relatively new, "boutique" cigar brands that are taking the cigar world by storm. Founded just a few years ago in 2006 by Jesus Fuego (whose familial involvement in the cigar industry extends all the way back to 1876 in Cuba), the J. Fuego brand has quickly expanded to include five different lines, as well as the spin-off 777 brand. Sangre de Toro (which translates to "Bull's Blood") is the newest line, released in Spring 2011, and the Original is the newest vitola, released at ICPCR 2011. Jesus Fuego has described the tobacco used in the Sangre de Toro line as "heavy and well-aged stuff," and the Original vitola showcases all the richness that this tobacco can deliver. The Originals come five to a soft pack, and the very attractive design on the pack mimics the design on the Sangre de Toro bands; however, the Originals themselves are unbanded.
Added in 1999, San Cristobal de la Habana is one of the newest Cuban marcas. The regular production line consists of only four vitolas, each named after one of the forts that guarded Havana in the Spanish colonial days. As a 110 x 42 minuto, El Principe is the smallest of the line; however, its small size disguises a large flavor bomb that makes for an excellent short smoke. El Principes have a reputation of a good "fresh" Cuban, and the one I reviewed had only about 16 months of age. This review was done outside: the temperature was about 74F, the sky was clear, there was a slight breeze, and the ambient humidity was 71%. I paired this cigar with tap water.
The CAO La Traviata Favorito is a torpedo which was crafted to hearken back to the flavors of 19th century cigars. It features a Cameroon binder, Nicaraguan and Dominican filler, and a medium brown Ecuador Habano wrapper. Measuring 5 ½” with a 52 ring gauge, it is an oily cigar with a solid construction which offers an excellent draw, smooth burn, and tight ash. This cigar produces a lot of thick, aromatic smoke.
The flavors in the CAO La Traviata Favorito are mostly woodsy with some spicy overtones, and don’t morph a whole lot over the course of the smoke. There are some creamy moments in the middle, and a hint of floral sweetness near the end which add complexity. This is definitely an intense cigar which packs an almost full bodied experience, and at the modest price of under $5 USD each if bought by box, these are quite a good deal right now!
I personally love most of the Partagas line. The earthy funky character these cigars are known by is a love of mine and when I saw this contest, this was the first cigar that came to mind. I have been able to acquire these for about $4.00 a piece and I smoke a little slow so these usually last me about an hour, which in my eyes makes this a perfect candidate to review. I like to age these a little as they mellow out in the last third but these usually don't last too long and i smoke my boxes quite fast. However I held onto this one for about 7 months and was nicely rewarded. I tend to purchase these quite a bit as most I have had have few, if any draw issues. I only had one of these with a tight draw out of my last box and it was workable, nothing to complain too much about. As a matter of fact my only real complaints with these are I wish the smoking time was longer and I have had a few that just would not let the bands come off. I personally take every band off my cigar before I cut and light it but this one was different. I even waited until the burn almost hit the band hoping the glue would loosen with the heat and I still struggled with getting it off. With that said, enough of my rambling and on with the review.
Appearance : The Tabacos Baez SF robusto is a well made cigar. A bit softer than normal. I suspect it is because of the use of short filler as well as long filler to the cigar. The ash is great, although I have never paid much attention to such things. Ash is the waste product of a cigar, as far as I'm concerned.
Construction : The wrapper is smoother with a few veins. Nothing noticeable. I have had a toothy one every now and again, but it's never affected the burn. No touch ups on the couple cigars I used for this review were necessary. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Habano, and I think there is a double wound cap. Draw is quite easy. The cigar does burn a bit quicker than what I would consider normal, but does not get hot.
Flavor : The cigar smells of sweet tobacco at the foot and has a nice rich peppery scent at the head. Lighting up reveals a wonderful sweet peppery flavor that was hinted at in the foot. There is also a creamy, cocoa flavor that weaves itself into the smoke. The second third or so proceeds much as the first, with a hint of cedar coming through too. The cigar builds in strength as it finishes the second third, still remaining in the medium body category. The final third finishes well, with a long, smooth flavor. Hints of coffee come through here, but mostly its just spice, cream and pepper. Clearly, not the most complex cigar, but the flavors were excellent despite that.
Value : I've seen this cigar ranging from $2.00 to $3.50; two dollars being the box prices. At two dollars a stick, this cigar kicks butt! It's full of flavor and has never disappointed me. Short filler or not, this is a cigar that will stand up to any "value priced" cigar and come out a winner!
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Perfecto Size : 5.7 x 54 Wrapper : Dominican Corojo Filler : Dominican Long-Leaf Ligero and a single leaf of 12 year aged Dominican Binder : Dominican Hand-Made Price : $4.50-$5.00 each More info about purchasing 5 Vegas Relic cigars...
5 Vegas cigars have always been hit or miss with me. But a few years back I received one of these in a sampler pack, and absolutely loved it. When I was given the opportunity to review this cigar for the first time, I had to do it. This is one of my personal favorite cigars with the 5 Vegas name.
This is a fantastic cigar I highly recommend. Yes it comes in just under the radar on price but it is well worth it. It is very well constructed. I only have checked out this first one and letting the others age. It was very smooth and lightly veined on the wrapper.. The wrapper was an oily dark almost black in appearance. According to the makers: "Bahia Gold Maduro cigars feature a 4-year-old Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, 4-year-old Dominican binder, and 3-year-old Dominican and Nicaraguan filler blend."
Upon lighting it, the draw was very easy, the cigar itself was solidly rolled and I was surprised by how easy it did draw... it had a leathery taste and a hint of chocolate to it.. while it is supposed to be full-bodied either I am getting more conditioned to better cigars or this one was what I would consider more medium-full. It delivered an abundance of smoke and that was not surprising due to the easy draw.
The ash held true and had to be knocked off but I could easily have kept it on almost down to the nub.
Thoroughly enjoyable, I could not put it down and actually had to mentally remind myself to let some time elapse between each draw... it was THAT good.
I am thinking of trying some of the other Bahias now that I have tried this one, but again I profess I am partial to maduros and this one I would not be hesitant or ashamed to give as a gift to anyone. As a matter of fact I have a buddy who is new to cigar smoking and I sent him a couple to try out. We will see what he thinks of them.
Even though i just got finished I am already tempted to pull out another and light it up... If you have moochers that come around, slap one of these on them, they will think you accidently gave them one of your expensive sticks.
It never turned harsh or bitter even as it got down to the nub though it did get a little stronger it by no means became less enjoyable...
I have read reviews saying it tastes of coffee, caramel, pepper, and dry cocoa (I am not that discerning) and I would definitely give this a rating on the higher end of the point scale...
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With this stated, it is a great smoke, price COULD be better but it is still under $5 and if you know how to use a search engine and pay attention to deals you can find it much cheaper which would bump the value up to a 5.