Long time Newbie
- Dec 9, 2011
Sorry Gary, since mine haven't arrived yet the only thing I could offer would be to print my receipt, roll it, smoke it, and review it for you.
Backslide said:So far I'm stoked that I saved 55.00
MadMonk said:My experience with the manufacturer of these cigars is that they are typically a bit lacking in flavor intensity. I don't know if it is me, or if someone blending has real sensitive palate or preferences that results in milder profiles. Some of them have real decent flavor, but just not enough to stand up to anything except water, and have to be smoked on a very fresh palate, in the morning, etc. Very counter-intuitive as a lot of their smokes are mainly Honduran tobacco, which a lot of us experienced smokers know to have a decent amount of flavor with a sort of earthy character with a lightly sweet undertone.
Several years ago they made pretty good, and flavorful sticks for my palate, but it seems to me that when they went into that big campaign changing all of the boxes to fancy (re: expensive) boxes, the cigars suffered, and I stopped buying them. I will sample one occasionally to see if any improvement, and it has not returned to the former character. I also don't buy the palate changing crap. For example ALL fuente products have basically tasted the same to me forever.
The industry is so fixed on fancy packaging, I have to wonder how much the cigars suffer. "Lets make a billion of this stick, put a fancy box and band half as big as the stick, and as elaborate as the Sistine Chapel, and we'll fool people into buying this piece of crap." I guess it works for newbies, but I have to wonder how many people they lose. I actually find the tactics very silly and a bit offensive. Now, of course I know that there are exceptions where the fancy one is decent. But, we ALL know that some of the most popular cigars have very minimalist packaging (Tatuaje, Illusione, Padron standard), and they went/go gangbusters. Nothing spreads faster than word of a great cigar.