25th Sep2012

Quickie: Cuba Libre The Brute

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Corojo
Binder: Honduran
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Shape: Box-pressed
Size: 4.5 x 60
Country: Costa Rica
Strength: Medium
Production: Full Production
Price Range: MRSP $2.10

Nestor Plasencia, the man who is a cigar maker of Cuban decent that owns factories in Nicaragua and Honduras which have been contracted by people such as Rocky Patel. Plasencia is also accredited with creating 5 Vegas Gold, Gurkha Avenger G5,  Cu Avana Intenso, and many more.  The cigar I chose for this review, Cuba Libre The Brute, was also created by this master roller. The Brute is a short and stubby box-pressed cigar that has a very smooth wrap with really no veins that are noticeable. As for the pack on this stick is has zero give. Traveling through the first third I get flavors of a dry nuttiness, earth, and leather. The spice is very minimal and the smoke is nice and buttery.

The second third doesn’t really add anymore complexity to this cigar unfortunately. The main profile is prominently made of a dry nuttiness and a musky barnyard wood. This also reminds me of earth and leather mixture. Lastly I got hints of a dark roast coffee and just like the first third the smoke was slightly buttery.  As for the final third of the cigar the earth tones become decently heavy along with the nuts and leather in the background. So overall it’s getting very dark tasting at this point with a hint of underlying cream.

Finally to the finish off this Brute. It has dark flavors of earth and leather that a good cup of dark roast coffee would go great with! The draw the whole time took semi effort but, nothing to stressing. A downfall though with The Brute was the burn which need a correction at the end of the first third otherwise it stayed even the rest of the way. The ash didn’t flake at all and was of a dark grey peppered with black. The strength of the ash was average around a half an inch.  I would recommend smoking this one slow to prevent it from going harsh. Overall the Cuba Libre The Brute was an average medium bodied smoke that would go great if your looking for a yard work stick or playing poker and all your really worrying about is just a standard simple stick.



31st Jul2011

San Cristobal

by GoodFellasCigars

San Cristobal are boutique handcrafted cigars made by the Garcia family in Nicaragua and also made in part with Ashton. They were based off their Cuban counterpart San Cristobal de la Habana which were launched in Havana on November 20, 1999. The name is derived from the original name of Havana which which dates back to the 16th century. There was however a brand of San Cristobol before the revolution but, this one has nothing to do with the newer brands. The Nicaraguan blend is comprised of aged Nicaraguan tobaccos that are full-bodied, traditional Cuban triple-cap, and are available in 8 sizes currently. They are also packed in cedar chests of 21 and 22.


List of San Cristobal cigars

11th Jul2011

Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 50 Years Box Press

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Esteli & Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaraguan

Size: 5 x 55

Shape: Box Press

Country: Nicaragua

Made by: Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Estelí

The Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 50 Years Box Press is meant commemorate the 50 years since the exodus that was caused by Cuba’s Communist Revolution. Among those in the exodus was Carlos Toraño, who fled the country to begin a new life in the free world. This cigar was also rated a 93 and was number 12 of 25 of the year.  It starts off with a beautiful Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown wrapper which is known for its tendencies to explode with a perfect spiciness which pairs perfectly with the sweetness of Nicaraguan fillers. This being said, the initial light produces a large amount of spice along with an undertone of a dark chocolate. There was also a slight hint of cinnamon, yes I did say cinnamon; this threw me off solely because I have had dreams of having a cigar with hints of cinnamon, so now I couldn’t wait to smoke this stick. The draw was perfect with just the right amount of smoke along with the production of a good amount of smoke. I began to pick up on notes of a slight cocoa flavor once I got into the second third. This cigar was becoming sweet while the spice from the wrapper remained making this cigar very complex. As I got into the final third of this smoke the spice picked up a little bit while the sweetness was still just as prominent. The flavors traveled all around the palate and made this a very satisfying cigar. The next time you are looking for a cigar, make sure to grab one of these and give it a try. The cigar was a very easy smoke, and it burnt like any cigar connoisseur could want. Not once did I have to touch up this cigar, the burn remained razor tight, the draw was perfect, and there was a nice amount of smoke output throughout the entire smoke.

21st Jun2011

My Father No. 2 Belicoso

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano-Rosado hybrid

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Figurado

Size: 5 1/2 x 54

The Don Pepin Family is famous for making excellent cigars from both Cuba and other countries. One of the most popular brands from the Pepin family has been the My Father line. The My Fathers’ go back to the prime days of the Cubans. As soon as I lit up the No. 2 Belicoso I was hit with a large amount of an excellent spice that also carried with it a slight undertone of an oakish(accept that I used “oakish”) flavor. This was an excellent start to this smoke that was wrapped in a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano-Rosado hybrid wrapper. After I was a little way into the smoke I began to pick up on a slight creaminess that had some hints of a smooth, almost leather, flavor that really contrasted with the spice keeping this smoke complex. Once I was further into this cigar I began to notice that the spiciness had begun to subside. There was still enough spice to let you know that it was there but it had mellowed out quite a lot leaving this to end up being a mellow cigar that had a complex flavor profile that I know I will have to go back to and have another one. Throughout this entire smoke, the burn remained tight, the draw remained perfect, and I was even able to set it down to go and grab some coffee and just go right back into smoking it. The next time you are in your local cigar lounge, make sure you check and see if they have any of these in stock. I can promise that this won’t be my last one.