Price – $9
Beverage – McDonald’s coffee w/cream and sugar
Size – 6 X 60
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Sabotage (6/10)
Picked this bad boy up at Hollywood Smokes about a month ago and finally got around to smoking it. Let me start off by saying that I am a fan of Joya De Nicaragua (“JDN”) cigars, particularly the Antano dark corojo which in my opinion is one of those really good cigars that doesn’t get enough pub. Here are my thoughts on this Antano:
1) Good construction, the burn required a touch up when I got a little over half way through, but other than that it was solid. The Antano wasn’t a smoke bomb, but did give off a healthy amount.
2) I really couldn’t pick up any discernable tastes or flavor transitions and that’s what really hurt my rating on this stick. Maybe a leathery or woody type taste? But like I said nothing to where it hits you like a Tyson in his prime upper cut, so I was a bit disappointed.
3) This is billed as a full body strength cigar, I’m calling it an upper level Demi for the veterans and a low level Sly for guys nearing the end of their first professional contract. For rookies, I’d say this a strong cigar so approach with caution and get a meal in first. In my opinion, this is the Antano’s biggest strong suit as it’s just strong enough to keep your attention, but not too strong to where you feel like you just rode a roller coaster after some Chicago deep dish.
4) A lot of bang for your buck on this one, it took me over an hour to get through it. Now to the two questions:
Would I smoke it again? Yes, if I’m with a group of people and am looking to be sitting down for a while, I’d grab one of these.
Would I give it humidor space? This is tough because in my opinion I’d rather give my space to similar strength My Father cigars or an Opus (granted the Opus are considerably more expensive). At under $10, the Antano has an attractive price point, but I think this stays as an in store smoke for me.
To wrap it up, you get a lot of cigar for your money here, no doubt about it. However, I didn’t like it enough to the point that I’d make sure to have some on hand at all times.