Cigar Review: Carinos
Today’s review is a cigar given to me by one of my sponsors, Famous Smoke Shop. In these difficult economic times, may I suggest the autumn sampler pack which can be purchased by clicking the link on the right in the sponsors section.
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Claro
Binder: Brazilian Sumatra
Filler: Honduran Jamastran, Panama
Appearance & Construction (17/20): Some cigars despite being hand rolled have this uncanny perfect look about them. By this I mean the cigar has virtually no seems and the cap is so perfectly formed that you have to wonder how they could be hand rolled. The wrapper of this stick despite being properly maintained it looks a little dry and britle. It is a little bit light in weight and has some soft spots in the roll.
Flavor/Notes (24/30): The cigar has some sweetness to it in the pre-light phase, but upon lighting I was hit with some coarse pepper that felt like it singed the back of my throat. The cigar did smooth out after this though, and it felt like it was a Don Pepin wanna be or ject. The notes of the cigar were of nuts and spice throughout. None of which stood out very much. This cigar fit what you would expect the pricing profile to be.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): Despite the soft spots in the roll, the burn line, ash and draw were the best aspects of this cigar. The ash held tight and was a medium color gray. The draw of the cigar allowed me to smoke without aggravation. The burn line was straight and true.
Overall: (20/25): On a raw November day the cigar did not quench my desire for an afternoon smoke. While it had some pleasing characteristics, it did not fit the profile I personally enjoy. For the price though, it was a good smoke, but I rather spend a little more $$$ and find something I truly enjoy.
Price: $12.00 for a 5-pack