Friday, February 22, 2013

Smoked for you: Quintero Favoritos & Rafael Gonzalez Perlas

They're available in Switzerland since last week... a got a few singles and smoked them... here are my brief impressions.

During the first half inch there were aromas which I normally only know from old cigars with an age of 20+ years... leather, wood, old paper, tea-like... unfortunately this "vintage-flavor" fades away and makes room for the Quintero-type tobacco flavor added by some spicy notes...

There's no dramatical change of pace during the smoke, a solid smoke from the first to the last puff... For all who don't like it too complex but prefer a good and strong tobacco flavor, this cigar will definitely be a good choice.

It's a bit shorter than a regular Robusto (4 mm to be precisely), the price is about CHF 3.80... that's fair.

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Quintero Favoritos

The cigar is on the spot after firing it up, no tit for tat... Very earthy, aroma of black tea with a decent sweetness in the background. I read some comments about bitterness and "pronounced youth", nothing to find about it... maybe during the last inch... but that's no wonder imho.

Even though this cigar is young and fresh it already smokes well... it reminds me a bit of those Lonsdales from 2002, which've developed very well over the last years... if the Perlas take the same "road" they'll have a great future... and for sure a place in my humidor...

With a price of  CHF 5.40 they´re on the same level as the PLPC and also tastewise they're a nice alternative to get some variety...

Rafael Gonzalaez Perlas