About 2 weeks ago I received the Reyes Family Premier from Frank Santos of Reyes Family Cigars to review, with a killer looking t-shirt. Being that I had a funny story attached to Puros Indios Cigars which Reyes used to be known as I was really looking forward to reviewing this cigar.
A few years back when I was manager of a cigar store in Brooklyn New York we had a girl who hung out from time to time, who we affectionately called Minnesota being that is where she hailed from. Amazing that her nick name stuck with me all these years, but I can’t recall her real name. She was amazing, she had Angelina Jolie’s lips and a killer body that guys were falling over, including me. Anyway, one day we’re all smoking and she goes “you can tell a lot about a guys manhood by the size of cigar he smokes. Guys tend to stick to sizes close to their own so they don’t feel threatened”. One guy who happened to be smoking a small perfecto cigar quickly objected. In the mean time my boss went to the back of the store and came out with a Puros Indios Chief which measures 18 x 66. As he is lighting the cigar and everyone is laughing hysterically, he says, “what she says is true, definitely true”. One of the funniest moments I could remember…
Cigar: Reyes Family Premier
Size: Robusto 5 x 50
Wrapper: Maduro Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega & Jalapa)
Pre-Light: The wrapper on this cigar isn’t the prettiest in the world with prominent veins and visible lines on the roll. It did however shine with oils. With the cigar in hand I felt the wrapper and realized this cigar was loosely packed with a couple of soft spots. The scent of the wrapper was very nutty as was the foot. The flavor on the pre-light draw was that of espresso.
Smoke: I used a straight cut on this cigar, and remembering my lighter for the first time in days, I toasted the foot of the cigar. Taking my first few draws I realized the cigar was loose, and the smoke would be fast. The notes off the cigar was delightful and on the 1st third of the cigar there were notes of chocolate and espresso while on the 2nd third it was espresso and earth, before giving way to earth with slight notes of pepper.
Overall: This full bodied smoke lasted just under an hour, and was a really enjoyable smoke. I smoked it to the nub and was very disappointed when the smoke was over . The overall finish was dry, so have some beverage available, perhaps a cup of espresso. The ash was a medium gray that held despite the defined image of a loosely rolled cigar. The notes were espresso, chocolate, earth, and slight pepper. If a loosely packed cigar bothers you a lot deduct one point from my rating.
My Local Price: 7.50 (A Gift from Reyes)
Rating: 90 (Out of 100)