Archive for August 17, 2011

San Cristobal – El Principe

Posted in Cigar Reviews with tags , , , on August 17, 2011 by Gus

Size: 4 1/8 x 42
Shape: Minuto
Origin: Cuba
Packaging: SLB25
Handmade: Yes
Strength: Medium
Price: $8
Source: Self Purchased

San Cristobal is one of “the last of the Mohicans” in the Cuban cigar industry. The company was founded in 1996 and was named after the Cuban city. Although San Cristobal has only 6-7 different lines, it certainly is one of the very well selling brands of Habanos. The El Principe is the smallest stick of its portfolio, let’s go ahead and see what this little guy has to show…

The light brown wrapper has a velvety texture and a few tinny veins all along. The gold and brown band, might look simple but is actually colorful and fully decorated compare to other Cuban ones.

This minuto is surprisingly well constructed – no soft spots or bumps are detected. The wrapper has a nice floral aroma, same from the foot but with a touch of spice. I punch it… the draw is a little tight but gives me a pleasant sweetness.

The smell of the smoke that is coming while I’m lighting it up, is vey Cuban-like and smells really nice. The first puffs, gift me with a blast of bitter-sweet cocoa and espresso with a spicy finish. Towards the mid-point the El Principe, becomes even sweeter with a nutty aftertaste. The last third is probably my favorite part with a cinnamon flavor to dominate and make you burn your fingers before you finally put the cigar down.

The San Cristobal lasted 30 minutes tops, the burn wasn’t bad although it was wavy. I did one or two touch ups that they might were never even necessary. The whole time it was producing a lot of smoke and a dark grey ash that was lasting a little less than an inch each time.

The price might be a little high for this size but I guess it only really bothers me when the cigar is finished and I wanna light up a second one since the first one wasn’t enough. Then… $16 might be to0 much.

I’ll be honest with you; I’m impressed with how well balanced this little stick is and the flavors it extracts. It’s also very suitable to those freezing cold Chicago winter days that you can only smoke for 20-25 minutes outside. Definitely try it if you can find it, I’m sure you’ll like it.

Gus

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