May 29, 2015
Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 120 x 18 mm (4.7 x 46)
Ring : 46
Price : ~$6 each
Last November, we reported the exciting news that Vegueros decided to release three new vitolas and also change up their brand image a bit. There were four vitolas in the Vegueros line before: Especial No. 1, Especial No. 2, Mareva, and Seoane. With the brand reboot, we have the following new vitolas: Tapados, Entretiempos, and Mañanitas (which I reviewed in January). All of them are made in Western Cuba rather than Havana. After a delay, they are now available in stores around the globe. There has naturally been a lot of hype surrounding this release, so I wondered whether the cigars would live up to it. For this second review of the brand, I decided to try the Tapados.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
As I already said, personally I think the brand image redesign is fantastic. The boxes are quite nice to look at. They feature a black and white design with subtle stripes and the newly styled Vegueros logo. Sometimes that simple, minimalist look has just the right impact. I really think that this is an improvement over the old look.
As to the cigar itself, the new design-work is featured on the band, and looks very smart. The wrapper leaf has a glossy sheen and is a warm, medium brown in color. There are a few faint veins, but they are barely visible. It’s a very smooth-looking cigar with a perfectly designed cap. It feels tightly packed, so hopefully the draw will be all right.
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
As the case turns out, the draw is actually perfect. It’s offering just enough resistance without being tight. The burn line is perfectly even, and stays that way for the rest of the duration of the smoke. It requires almost nothing in terms of corrections. I am very impressed with the construction on the Vegueros Tapados!
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
I am getting wood, earth, and a hint of cream at the start of this cigar. There are also some natural tobacco flavors playing in here. There are some spicy notes here as well, and plenty of aromatic smoke adding to the experience. That dreaded ammonia harshness is there hitting the back of the throat, but I saw that coming from a mile away with a cigar this young. Thankfully it decreases during the middle third. It’s still spicy, but not at all overwhelming. The prominent flavors are still earth and wood. In the last third, the spices come back to the fore, with plenty of wood and cream. It’s a bit harsh and bitter down at the nub.
Value : [rating:4.5/5]
You cannot really argue with $6 a stick. These are very reasonably priced cigars.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.75/5] (3.75)
I have to reduce my rating a bit because of the harshness in the flavors, but I could easily imagine that passing in a few years when the tobacco has some time to age. That is only one of my complaints with the flavors, though; I really feel they could use some more complexity, which could also improve with age. Compared to the Mananitas, I found the Tapados a little less interesting though.
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