Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:51 PM
Years ago, when the embargo went into effect, Frank Llaneza and his Villazon offerings skyrocketed. Back then we were called Villazon Whores. Just like todays Pepin Whores.
Punch and Hoyo were, and still are, solid, consistent cigars. In fact, I would say Punch and Hoyo were better back then. Llaneza eventually rolled El Rey Del Mundo, and they were outstanding smokes. You want to talk about earthy with chocolate undertones! The JR Ultimate is as good as many cigars on the market, imo, and more often than not, a hell of a lot more consistent.
Padron and Fuente are definitely a cut above, but so is the price. Llaneza could roll cabbage, and make it taste good.
Today, imo, is the golden age of cigars, and I suspect there are more great cigars than ever. But, for a guy who wants everyday smokes, and maybe two or three a day, The JR sold, and even sometimes owned brands are VERY hard to beat. Granted, I love my Padron Anni and Fuente Don Carlos, more than those,but they are 2 to 3 times more the price. It is all relative.