Size: 5 ½ x 38
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Made in: Dominican Republic
Source: Gifted by General Cigars Co.
First of all I would like to thank General Cigars Co. for giving me the chance to try this new “little guy”. The story about couple supervisors of the factory coming up with the idea of a small powerhouse, packed w/ flavor cigar, is pretty much well known and I will skip on the details. So let’s concentrate in the cigar itself.
The El Perrito is definanately not a cigar that would win a beauty contest. It’s just four leaves rolled together completely by hand and without being put in a mold. If I’m not mistaken this is the old traditional Cuban way of tasting different blends. Therefore it is not a cigar that can be judged for its appearance and construction.
Although they come precut I snapped a little more off the head. The cold draw is perfect with a nice sweet and spicy flavor. Only one match later, the stick is good to go. It starts medium with a peppery zing and a tasty nutmeg flavor. The more I smoke the more I get in to it. Towards the mid-point it picks up a little more in strength and the flavors extract even more. There is a combination of spices that although they’re very reach at the same time are really hard to pin-point. I easily detect hints of toasted cedar that alternate with some leather notes. At the final third the cigar becomes strong with a sweet cinnamon taste that is mouthwatering.
The burn wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t great either. A few self-corrected problems that honestly were nothing to worry about. It lasted about 35-40 minutes, the smoke was rich and the ash was holding maybe a little longer than ½ inch each time.
The price for this stogie is only $2.50 which IMO it makes it a winner on its class.
To put it in just a few words, the El Perrito, is not the stogie for those who are choosing a cigar depending on what it looks like. But for the rest who don’t care about the looks and instead want a low maintenance, affordable and flavorful smoke is the way to go. Get some next time you’ll find yourselves around them I’m sure you will not regret it.