Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 x 36
Ring : 36
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $12.15 each
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Thanks to Chris from Tesa Cigars who sent us a sampler of these cigars.
TESA cigars are a small production boutique brand made in Esteli, Nicaragua and sold at the company shop in Chicago. All blends in the TESA line are blended by native Chicagoan Chris Kelley. According to the company website, "10% of your purchase will go directly to housing repairs, education, clothing, and sustinance of the Nicaraguan people." This is the 1st and only TESA blend I have tried thus far. The other vitola in the line is a 5.5 x 36 No. 2 lancero. Both cigars also come in a maduro version.
This cigar was a nice looking lancero with a smooth pale wrapper that had no big veins and was relatively blemish free. It had a pigtailed cap, was naked, and had a faint smell to it.
Excellent... This cigar had an even burn for the duration and required no relights. The draw was a little tight for my liking, but wasn't a big deal.
This cigar was mild and the 1st half of the smoke had creamy and floral flavors that unfortunately were overpowered by bitterness. This got me thinking that perhaps this cigar is too young. Some hints of white pepper developed in the 2nd half, while the smoke lost some of its creamyness. The taste of the cigar didn't develop anymore into the end. Overall, this cigar reminded me a lot of a 5 Vegas Gold.
The MSRP quoted on the company website for the 7x36 is $12.15 and $9.95 for the 5.5x36. For that price this cigar offers very little value. It is not a bad cigar, but considering some of the outstanding sticks that can be bought for that price, it doesn't offer much. The main problem is that this cigar should be smoother tasting at this price point.
Overall Rating :
While aesthetically pleasing, this cigar doesn't have any standout qualities as far as taste is concerned. It may be worth trying if you are a mild cigar fan, otherwise you may be disappointed. This cigar would be a stronger buy at a value price point, but just doesn't stack up to other luxury cigars.
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