The Tobacos Baez cigars are named for the small town where Jose Pepin Garcia was born. Baez, Cuba is in the center of the country and you would be amazed at how many cigar names come from the small towns of Cuba. Pulling up a map on Google shows a lot of names we all recognize.
The Tobacos Baez Serie H is produced at Pepin Industrial Park in Nicaragua at the El Rey De Los Habanos Cigar Factory.
Cigar: Tobacos Baez Series H
Size: 5.50 x 52 (Belicoso)
Appearance and Construction (16/20): This is one of those cigars where you hope looks can be deceiving. The wrapper has a non grade A quality look to it with some veins throughout and some discoloration present as well. Despite being well kept this stick has a dry appearance to it. The foot of the cigar was slightly spongy but there were no soft spots elsewhere.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): Once I clipped the cigar with my Palio cutter the draw offered notes of wood and earth. As I sparked this baby with sulfur free matches I was treated with some of that typical Pepin spice albeit it a muted version. As the spice begins to fade some well defined wood and earth are recognized. The 2nd third continues with heavy earth as some roasted nuts and coffee emerge in the background. The final third of the cigar offered a slightly bitter coffee with roasted nuts on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics (21/25): One problem I had was having a loose draw. This turned into the cigar having a fast burn and the experience not lasting as long as I would like. The stick had a nice burn that never got out of hand. The white ash did not hold as strong as I would like and I wound up wearing my ashes on more than one occasion. The cigar produced a nice amount of smoke however in both the resting and smoking position which for me is a positive.
Overall (24/25): Like most Pepin blends the cigar starts off with that Pepin spice. However, once that spice fades the offering was a straight forward profile and was a nice change from the complex smokes he has produced in the past. This cigar delivers and was the perfect cigar for a lazy day.
Price: $145.99 box of 20 @ Famous-Smoke