Jose L. Piedra Cremas
Size: Petit Corona
Filler: Cuban mixed/short
Length: 5 3/8
Ring Gauge: 39
Manufactured: machine made
The Cremas had a rough cap and small veins. The overall appearance of this stick was pretty beat up.
Pre-light, the draw was tight with a hint of pepper on the lips.
After torching the foot, the draw was still pretty tight, but whatever I was able to get out of it produced a thick smoke. The burn was even, and like the Benchmade, the ash wouldn't hold for more half of an inch. As for the flavor, there was a hint of pepper with a big taste of earth and rich tobacco.
A third into the cigar, the earthiness and tobacco stayed consistently dominating, a bit of creaminess rolled in, and the hint of spice was still there. The draw had opened up, but was still tight with a light gray ash.
Halfway , the spice and creaminess pretty much disappeared, while the earthiness and rich tobacco flavors stayed. The draw was still slightly tight, but I wasn't fighting to draw anymore.
Last third, earth and rich tobacco were virtually the only flavors standing out.
The draw finally opened up all the way, but it started to burn hot and uneven.
Overall, this cigar is pretty one-dimensional, but it's a good, balanced, everyday cigar. I was expecting to end up chewing on some of that short filler, but luckily, that didn't happen. It had it's drawbacks such as the draw through most of the smoke, but again....$2.00! For the price, it's a solid Cuban smoke and I'd say it smokes better than a few $5-10 sticks.
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Edited by wavescrashing, 02 January 2009 - 04:08 AM.