Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Belicoso
Size : 102 x 18 mm (4 x 46)
Ring : 46
Price : ~$5-6 each
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Recently we posted about the revitalization of the famous Vegueros brand, which dates back to 1961, and which was discontinued in 2012. Vegueros was one of the best-known Habanos SA brands, especially after they started exporting in 1997. Previously there were four vitolas in their line: Especial No. 1, Especial No. 2, Seoane, and Mareva. Vegueros recently started up production again with three new vitolas: Tapados, Entretiempos, and Mañanitas. They’ve also done a complete makeover of their image, redesigning their logo, bands, and packaging. I picked up the Mañanitas, which is a Petit Figurado measuring 4 inches for a mere $6.
It’s worth taking an extra moment to comment on the packaging of the Vegueros Mañanitas. The new logo looks great; the tan color which has replaced the yellow has more subtlety, and seems to imply that this is a more mature cigar. Meanwhile, the dark green has been replaced by bright green, which adds a real “pop” to the colors. You can buy these in cardboard packs of 3 or metal tins of 16. The packaging on both looks great.
The cigar itself is medium brown with a few fine veins in the oily Colorado Claro wrapper. It is of course rather short and squat; it feels neither hard nor soft—just the right amount of firmness, with a well-made cap. The band has the new logo and design, with the same striping you find on the metal tins.
The construction of this stogie is very nice. My draw is very smooth right from the beginning and remains that way throughout the experience. Burn for the most part is straight, but now and again I do need to make some corrections. This is no big deal overall. The cigar produces a nice white ash; it’s a bit flaky, but it doesn’t make a mess.
Flavors in the first third are mainly straight-up tobacco, earth, and spice. There is something sweet in here as well, which may just be the tobacco, or the hint of hay I am also getting. There is something woodsy too, and a hint of ammonia. In the middle third, the flavors become spicier, and the wood element really becomes pronounced. There’s something toasted in here as well, maybe nuts or bread. The ammonia taste is gone now. Going into the final third, the consistency becomes creamy, and the wood and spice notes pick up even more. There is a slight bitter edge here which I don’t like, but it stays in the backdrop. There’s a serious nicotine kick in this last third too, so be warned that this becomes almost a full-bodied smoke toward the end. I would characterize the first two-thirds as medium in strength.
This is a very reasonably priced stogie, and despite a few minor flaws, it offers a good value.
Overall Rating :
The Vegueros Mañanitas is an enjoyable small cigar overall and one I would definitely smoke again. The burn issues are very minor and the construction is otherwise fantastic. There were a few flavor issues (that bitterness near the end, mainly), but this may have been a fluke, and otherwise I enjoyed the flavors.