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Being a MacFan - I've always liked most every one I've tried. I think they have a "winner" in this stick. I sampled one, then decided to buy a box of 20 - so yes - I'll definitely be smoking on these time and time again.
The stick has a oily wrapper that has high end aromas right out of the cello. Earthy chocolate and espresso smells are easily detected upon opening. Pre-light sniffs only add to the experience, seemingly to smells of fresh brewed coffees. Well constructed with very tiny veins in the outer wrapper. The cut used was a punch cut and the cold draw was easy. The toasting was even, with lots of smoke given off that again filled the air with chocolate, coffee and earthy tobacco notes. The burn was even, consistent and smooth with no touchups nor re-lights required. The ash held well to 1 to 2 inches before falling off. No real noticeable flavor differences noted throughout the smoke stages except occasional hints of pepper and cedar. All the flavors blend well with no overbearing distinct flavor taking the lead. A relatively cool easy consistent smoke from start to finish. This stick is a little more complex and stronger than most of the Mac's, but it stops way short of being "too strong or harsh". Overall I rated it at 4.5....that's actually about as high as I go. I'm still waiting on a 5. Try one - I think you will approve.
This was from the first release back in 2000/2001 from a box I purchased. I bought the box without even trying them, and once I did realized they were not really the flavors I liked. Figured it was time for me to try them again.
For this review I will say, the rosado wrapper was fantastic. It was still very silky smooth with a nice sheen to it. The burn only needed be touched up in the beginning but after that it was fine. Ashe held together well and I tapped it off frequently since I didn't want to get any on me. These still have plenty of taste to them, so I'm sure I'll be smoking more of them in the future.
I am a bit surprised that no one has reviewed this cigar which has been around for years. Perhaps it is an indication how far the La Palina brand has slipped in the eyes of cigar smokers or perhaps it is because this is a mild smoke and most Geeks prefer something stronger.
The reason I am reviewing it is because CI has them on sale at less then $3 a stick for a box and I want to see if I should bite. This is my introduction to the Red Label.
This is definitely, as advertised, a mild smoke, but it is not without flavor. It is a well built stick with just a couple of visible seams. The draw is perfect with a plentiful smoke output.
It started out with a woodsy taste with cream in the background. Cream and chocolate took a more dominant role after a couple of inches joined later by citrus.
The burn was unwavering and no relights were required. The only flaw in the construction came when the second band was removed taking with it part of the wrapper. A dose of saliva solved the problem and the smoking experience was not hampered.
This stick, for me, deserved a 3.75 rating. Yeah, I will probably go for a box because of the bargain price.
This smoke has been aging for close to five years now, and I think it was finally ready to smoke. The body is medium and increases incrementally through the experience, ending with a full body. The flavors are strongly woody with an underlying sweetness that reminds me of cashews, and there is a pepper bite that increase as the smoke burns on. There is a creamy quality and a certain thickness that helps keep the sharper wood and ever increasing pepper flavors in check, and balances the profile nicely. All around excellent smoke. Loved it!
I have been a big fan of all the past releases of the Las Calaveras. The first thing that I noticed is that the year “2017” is missing from the band even though the year was prominently displayed in all past editions. Could this be the final one?? I sure hope not. Otherwise, it was an attractive and masculine cigar band.
The sample I smoked had a nice triple cap that extended almost 3/8”. More cigars should be made that way so that there is a little forgiveness if you cut too much. Wrapper was a consistent medium brown, had a few prominent veins but was well constructed and densely packed with tobacco. It was a slow burner and the burn line was straight on all the way with no touch-ups needed.
Cold draw flavor reminded me of walnuts. Upon lighting, there was black pepper, charred oak and some pleasant sweetness which is characteristic of past blends of this cigar. More notes developed: Cocoa, leather and cinnamon joined the already-present background of charred oak and ongoing sweetness. Pepper blasts came and went. Decently complex. This edition was just released in the past 2 weeks and I couldn’t resist smoking it ROTT, so it was not as smooth as I would have preferred, but I have learned from past releases that it gets much better after 6 months of rest. Full in both body and strength. A solid 4 stars already, and I’m sure it will score higher on my palette as time goes by.
This stick had lots of hay/sweet grass on the prelight draw. Through the burn there were some hay notes and earthy notes. During the second 3rd, there was some pepper notes added in, though not overpowering. The construction was good, with a slightly snug draw, though there were no issues with the pull through.
This is one nice looking stick with a slightly oily wrapper.It does have a couple visible seams.I clip it and test the draw which I find a little loose but in no way does it effect the performance of this stick.The only flaw was when I removed the large band a big part of the wrapper wanted to come with it.I managed to keep it from ruining the stick.I also had to touch it a couple of times and relight it once. Now the important part the flavors.The flavors are right in my wheel house.The sweet cedar is the stick is unreal it almost leaves a sugar taste on you lips.There is also some nice spice ,but the sweet cedar is the kicker.The intensity goes back and fort in this stick and keeps me always wanting more. This is one great stick and if it wasn't for the construction issues it would probably be a five. I do have another one and will save it for a special occasion.
What a disappointment. This used to be a good cigar, but after 4 years it is one of those that doesn't get better but just becomes "meh". Nice dark wrapper, great construction and lots of billowy smoke. But the flavors were flat for the first quarter of the stick, and only got little better after that. Tossed it after an hour because I couldn't take 2 more hours of ho-hum (its an 8" cigar).
Very strong barnyard aroma prelight. The filler was very dark compared to such a light wrapper. More of a contrast than I have ever seen. Wrapper had a few cracks that had me worried. Double guillotine cut without issue and the cold draw was very smooth.
There was an immediate creaminess blended with a little taste of what I can only think is leather and cedar. But it wasn't a distinct leathery OR cedar, maybe a faint mixture of the two. Retrohale provided plenty of black pepper and livened up that prelight earthiness. There were plenty of thick voluminous clouds of smoke
The creaminess soon gave way to a little more spice and the sweetness was more of a vanilla bean mixed with fig. This was all within the first inch or so, making it almost too complex to appreciate everything as it all passed by all too quickly before a classic leathery cedar flavor started to dominate. Still, this was a very "eventful" first few minutes of smoking.
A little nuttiness started to pick up in the 2nd third. Not a very strong nuttiness, so nothing specific, but a welcome smooth creamy flavor.
Leather and spice picked up in the last third, but otherwise, the creamy nuttiness mixed with a growing leather and cedar was a joy to smoke to the end.
The burn was remarkable, especially considering the worrisome cracks that became more and more concerning as it went on but the burn carried on strong straight through and stayed razor sharp with no need of any touchups.
Picked a few of these up today and fired one up after dinner. Well wrapped with a hardly visible seam and a few veins. A beautiful aroma to it as well A full body smoke with a fairly easy draw. Slow burn as it took over an hour to finish. Flavors were a little peppery and a taste of cedar at the start and then mostly cedar as it burned down. Believe that is from the cedar wrapper that it comes wrapped in. Overall a great smoke and one I hope I can keep finding.