October 26, 2011
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $6.50 each
Over the past couple of months, this has been one of those cigars that have been in and out of my humidor. San Miguel is appealing to me for a couple of reasons. One, I love box-pressed cigars, and two, the band is pretty cool. I am going to be honest, I collect cigar bands, so I tend to buy cigars based on the band. Every once and a while I find cigars that are underrated, this cigar is one of them.
Appearance : [rating:4.25/5] (4.25)
The Sumatra wrapper is a light to medium brown shade that appears to be flawless. There were no thick veins running through it. The cap was a little darker than the wrapper, but that wasn’t a huge concern with me. The box-press was perfect. The edges were sharp and not rounded. As I mentioned before, the band on this cigar is quite cool. It is a picture of an angel stomping the devil.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
The cigar was relatively soft, but more times than not, box-pressed cigars have to be soft as to not crack the wrapper. I used a punch cut on this cigar, and that was very easy to do, and very clean. I tend to use punch cuts on box-pressed cigars because they make the draw a little tighter. And the loose pack of the box-press would cause the burn to be too fast with a straight-cut. That is just my personal feeling though. The draw was very easy throughout the entire cigar, and the burn was even for the most part. About halfway into the stick, the wrapper cracked, but it wasn’t anything major.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
Right off the light, I was greeted with a nice helping of peppery slice. But shortly into the cigar, earth and wood notes came into play. By one inch in, the spice kicked up even more, but a sweet flavor comes out to combat the spice. The sweetness was a combination of cedar and slight chocolate. By about the halfway point, there is a little bit of a leather flavor remaining on the palate. The cigar also mellowed out a bit. The flavor becomes very woody, and the spice becomes faint. The finish is quite the opposite from the first third. There are strong earthy tones like grass and hay, but the leather and wood notes become the main focus. The spice and sweetness are very mild throughout the last couple of inches.
Value : [rating:3.75/5] (3.75)
Nothing bad can really be said about a $6 Churchill, especially one with this much flavor complexity. The only reason I gave it a 3.75 for value is because I feel that for the money, there are many better choices.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.75/5] (3.75)
I do enjoy this cigar. I feel that the San Miguel delivers a great medium bodied smoke that could satisfy many cigar smokers. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the greatest cigar you will ever smoke, but it is far from the worst. If you are a fan of box-pressed cigars, give this one a try.
October 29, 2011
A damn beautiful band indeed. Is it a CI house blend?
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