Cigar Review: Los Blancos Criollo
Three days, three cigar reviews. I am in the midst of setting a new record for myself. Today’s smoke has been sitting in my humidor a few months and to be honest I did not want to smoke it for fear of liking it for reasons I rather not go into. However, I kept an open mind to review this cigar but I felt I needed to put a little disclaimer.
Cigar: Los Blancos Criollo
Size: 6.5 x 52 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Habano Criollo (Honduras)
Appearance & Construction (18/20): One thing I really like about the Los Blancos smoke is the great bands and how they contrast on the cigar. A nice touch is the double band, for some reason I really like the visual of a foot band. The cigar itself has some traces of oils as well as what looks like crystals on the wrapper. There is however an over abundance of veins on the wrapper.
Flavor & Notes (24/30): I cut the cigar with double blade cutter and the pre-light draw was that of a well defined oak. The first third of the cigar offers notes of spices and wood. As we approach the 2nd third of the smoke the wood is definitely an oak that would definitely pair well with a lot of single malt scotches. However after that the cigar mellowed out and did not offer much flavor. Despite being billed as a full bodied smoke this cigar never got over medium bodied for me.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): This cigar has one of the stronger ashes I have seen. It held for a solid 3″ before I had to ash. It would of held longer but I did not feel like having to clean up if it failed. The draw is perfect for a torpedo and the burn a little crooked but nothing to be concerned about.
Overall (18/25): I think I might have to head back to the ultra premiums after this smoke as it did nothing for me. It actually left me disappointed that I chose it as my nightcap smoke. To sum it up, a one dimensional smoke!