April 12, 2011
Origin : Panama
Format : Presidente
Size : 6.3 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $8 (currently 7-pack sampler for $25)
Thanks to Regusto cigars for providing a sampler for review!
This is a new cigar being marketed out of Panama, created by a joint venture between a Texan, a Cajun, and a Cuban exile. “Regusto”, per the website means “to taste again or repeatedly”.The first thing I thought about this statement was that it better be good for me to taste these “repeatedly.” Can they live up to their name? Let’s see…
Appearance : [rating:2/5]
First impression……… hmmmm…… it looks like it got in a fight with another cigar and lost. Definitely not the best looking cigar in existence. It is cloaked in a spotty, discolored maduro wrapper with shades of black on some parts of it. Minor to medium sized veins run around the cigar, and it is very bumpy all over and down its length. The foot appears very rough indeed. Pretty hefty in the hand, but then again it is a big cigar. Oak on the wrapper aroma. Sat in the humi one week before lighting.
Construction : [rating:1/5]
The beat up foot of the cigar made it pretty difficult to light. The draw was very good and open, with no resistance. After lighting the cigar, it was off to the races allowing me to pull plumes of thick white smoke. Unfortunately this ended quickly and the cigar went out on me about an inch in. The construction headaches continued for the next inch with me having to puff frequently to keep it lit. The third inch opened up again and I was able to once again pull plumes of smoke but… oh wait… yep, it went out once again. Stopped smoking this one a little past halfway.
Flavor : [rating:2/5]
There was an initial light pepper blast upon lighting of the cigar. The smoke was inconsistent in thickness, but it was mild and slightly sweet with nuances of oakiness with the first couple of puffs. An inch in, and flavors of bitter chocolate started to show up. But the main flavors are of wood, wood, and more wood. This isn’t a bad thing; at this point the flavors are quite enjoyable. The fact that the cigar kept going out and I had to keep puffing away on the cigar made it VERY bitter tasting about halfway through, so I had to lay this one down.
Value : [rating:2/5]
Currently, 7 pack samplers can be had for around $25 on their website. But soon this one will be released to the public for $8 a stick. Not super expensive, but not cheap by any means. I see too much competition at that price point for this one to become popular, but it is a good change of pace cigar for those that like to smoke boutiques.
Overall Rating : [rating:2/5]
Well I couldn’t finish it, enough said. Construction problems are a big pet peeve to me. This must have been just a bad stick in the bunch, because I smoked the other cigars from the samples and most of them burned very well. From what I can judge from the first half of the cigar, the flavors were enjoyable, but not complex. I would probably have to relegate these smokes to the golf course rotation as a smoke that doesn’t take much concentration and so I have something decent to smoke.
April 13, 2011
I understand your sentiments. I do believe that too many sticks now come out around the $8 mark. I can probably say that 80% don’t even come close to being worth it. I don’t know if it is overhead costs, low production, or something else that causes so many boutique brands to cost so much.
April 12, 2011
I’m sorry Aaron, but you guy review only BS cigars…
April 12, 2011
Aaron, thanks for the review and saving me from another ho hum cigar.
Is it just me or have we all gotten numb to the $8 price point on mediocre cigars? It seems that every time a new cigar comes out we just accept that it’s okay that it’s priced around $8 whether it’s a good cigar or not.
Maybe I’m showing my age but I can remember when an $8 cigar was a premium stick. It commanded a special place in the humidor and often possessed a label from that small island off the tip of Florida.
Now, however, it seems that it’s acceptable to place that price point on any lackluster vitole that someone rolls out of a warehouse and declares it a boutique or limited something or another.
And don’t get me started on the “expensive” cigars floating around today. Well if you’ll excuse me I think I’ll go have one of my few remaining Partagas 150’s…yeah, I know they cost me almost $8 each when I bought ’em way back when…sheeesh.
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