José L. Piedra Petit Cazadores

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1 review for José L. Piedra Petit Cazadores

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    Jose L. PiedraOrigin : Cuba
    Format : Petit Cazadores
    Size : 105mm (4 1/8″) x 43 (17,07mm)
    Hand-Finished Short-Filler
    Price : ~$1.70 (online)

    Here the humblest of all Habanos cigars, in many European cigar shops at a wonderfully low price, but in fact a consistent good smoke giving extraordinary value for money. José L. Piedra is one of the globally best-selling of all Cuban cigar brands, thanks to the price point but also because smokers often find, ‘Hey, José, you are ok!’


    The Piedras are surprisingly tasty & not so rough as one might guess. The Petit Cazadores is not only a fine short smoke at a budget price, it is also the ideal cigar to keep around for your not-yet-cigar-puffing friends who have a hankering to ‘smoke a Cuban’ & who might lay the stick down too early.

    Habanos lists José L. Piedra cigars as all ‘hand-made’, but ‘hand-finished’ would be a better term, given that Piedras are all ‘short-filler’ cigars, i.e., the filler is composed of chopped-up tobacco leaf small pieces, rather than hand-rolled larger leaf portions as in premium cigars.

    José Piedras do, however, have a hand-applied wrapper & traditional Cuban cap that must be punched or cut for you to smoke it. It thus looks quite like a ‘real’ Cuban cigar, and your newbie mate smoking a cigar for the first time can have the ‘full experience’ including cutting or punching his or her stick to get it ready.

    The Petit Cazadores is a terrific vitola, the 43 ring gauge a whisker thicker than a standard Corona, just plump enough to be ok for robusto fans, whilst still pleasant for those like myself who prefer less-thick cigars. The length at 105 mm, or just over 4 inches, looks and feels good, giving some of us just over a half-hour smoking time.

    Flavour-wise there can be some variance given what short-filler pieces end up in the cigar, tho overall I find the José Piedra Petit Cazadores to have reasonably rich & pleasant nutty flavours, sometimes even with a bit of a creamy tone as if there was peanut butter, along with some cedar or woodiness especially at the beginning. Sometimes a Piedra is a bit of a dud, or has some unwelcome acid or harshness a bit early, but sometimes it’s terrific & it seems you got one with some Montecristo remnants stuffed in there.

    The Piedras (and most of the ‘better’ short-fillers) do benefit from humidor time, contrary to the myth; in my area the Habanos shops keep the Piedra boxes in the humidor room.

    Cosmetically the Piedras can be a little rough, sometimes with a humorously mis-matched cap, veins or spots etc., but they tend to be sufficiently oily & sturdy. I find they burn well & generally draw easily (a typical short-filler virtue), with decent ash. Short-fillers can get harsh a bit earlier, but I generally cross the 30-minute mark with the Petit Cazadores in my slow-puffing style.

    Because the short-filler innards of these sticks are similar to machine-made stogies, some prosperous smokers avoid them. But in fact, of the 30 Cuban cigar brands that can be counted in current production, no less than 9 brands have at least one short-filler cigar in the range.

    3 of those 9 Cuban brands are non-Habanos, the all-machine-made marques of ICT (Internacional Cubana de Tabacos), including the well-known mild, pre-cut Guantánamera sticks (another good-value ‘cheap Cuban’).

    Of the 27 Habanos brands, 3 marques are entirely short-filler (tho conventionally wrapped & capped, so ‘hand-made’), and 3 have only one short-filler cigar. Por Larrañaga & Rafael Gonzalez have short-filler 37 ring gauge Panetelas, whilst Fonseca has a short-filler 40 ring gauge Delicias, all the rest of those brands being long-filler; whilst Flor de Cano, Quintero & José L. Piedra have only short-filler cigars.

    Piedras are the lowest-price of the Cuban short-fillers but also the one rated by Habanos as being strongest in flavour, ‘medium-full’ like many Montecristos & Cohibas … and the flavour strength along with the low price (in my part of Europe) make these an irresistible buy.

    José Piedras are usually sold only in their handy boxes of 5 (or 25), but here in the Low Countries, a box of 5 Petit Cazadores (Spanish for ‘Little Hunters’), sell for just under the price of a single Montecristo No. 4. The brand is a classic going back to the late 1800s, José LaMadrid Piedra being head of a family in Cuba originally from Asturias in northern Spain. José Piedra cigars are not the highest-profit items for Habanos, but I well appreciate how Piedras became amongst the leaders for Habanos in terms of number of sticks sold around the world.

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    • cigathanhnien

      Love to hear about the flavour of cigar, it’s wonderful

    • Craig

      If I make it to Cuba. Will definitely buy these.

    • Rob P

      Good review. I am one who cannot always afford my favourite premium Cuban vitolas. The JLP Petit Cazedores are a decent enough stick and I recommend them for that budget smoke.

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 4 1/8
Ring Gauge 43
Vitola Petit Conservas
Construction Hand Made