Price – $11
Beverage – McDonald’s Coffee w/Cream and Sugar
Size – Coloso (6 3/4 X 62)
Strength – Arnold (4/4)
Rating – Expendables (8/10)
It’s no secret I’m a fan of the San Cristobal line from the hard hitting combo of Ashton and Pepin, that’s some serious street cred right there. I’m slowly making my way through the line up which I feel has more sizes than the ladies section at Nordstrom. Anyway, I have previously reviewed the Papagayo, and Drew and I are both big fans of the Maestro, so now my thoughts on the Coloso:
1) As expected, impeccable construction, even burn, easy draw.
2) This is an Arnold. The blend itself is not overpowering, but when you put it in a cigar this big, you better have a meal before smoking or else pull a garbage can next to you.
3) I found the cigar to have a nutty taste to it
4) My smoke time was 1 hour and 40 minutes. It lasted me my entire drive home to the Chicago suburbs Friday.
Now to the two questions:
Would I smoke it again? Yes
Would I give it humidor space? This is a personal preference thing. My favorite size of this cigar is the Maestro, but the Papagayo and Coloso are great cigars as well. This comes down to what your humidor needs are and which size best fits what you’re lacking. Either way, one of the three sizes I’ve smoked so far is going to get some humidor space.
All in all, you’re getting a lot of cigar for the money with the Coloso. This is a definite buy in my opinion, especially if you’re hanging with your buddies and want something that will last a long time.
Price – $9
Beverage: Coffee w/Cream and Bottled Water
I don’t even know where to begin with this one, truth be told I feel like a junkie. I went to Casa de Montecristo tonight to pick up mine and Drew’s bundles of UF-4s that were generously purchased by my brother Mike (see previous post) and I got a little carried away and bought a bunch of other stuff that I will eventually smoke and post about. Anyway, so we all know from previous posts that I really enjoyed the Papagayo by San Cristobal and my boy Omar at Casa said to give this one a shot. I normally don’t smoke milder cigars, but I figured well as much as I liked the Papagayo and at $9, it’s worth it.
I would say that this cigar is a lot milder than the Papagayo and a little smoother. I kind of rushed through it because it was getting late, but it never got harsh and stayed consistent throughout. Overall though, as a guy who likes full body cigars, I came away wanting more punch and it really never delivered. Mo needed the 1985 Bears defense and instead I got the 2014 version. This is by no means a bad cigar, it’s pretty good if you like milder cigars but as always, we must ask:
Would I smoke it again? Yes
Would I give it humidor real estate? No
If there’s a $9 San Cristobal that is going to take up precious real estate in my humidor, it’s going to be a Papagayo.
I also wanted to give a shout out to the guys I met at Casa tonight, Nick and Andre, hope you guys were able to find our blog!
Price – $9
Drink – Protein Shake w/Milk and a Bottle of Water
Rating – Expendables
The Papagayo is essentially an Ashton cigar made by Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia so right off the bat you know the potential is there for an awesome cigar, and it does not disappoint. Drew’s criteria of “you know it’s good if you smoke it until you burn your fingers” definitely applies to this cigar. It’s perfectly blended, full body, but not overly strong to the point where you’re standing over the garbage can in case things go south. I would not lose any sleep rating this cigar a Rocky IV at $9 (the XXL will run you about $10), and maybe I will at some point, but there is no doubt that this cigar is worth humidor real estate. If you like a full body cigar I suggest you go out and get one of these asap. On another note, Drew’s last post featured Jeff who works at Classic Cigars down in Tulsa, the guy knows his stuff and he’s a good buddy of ours, if you’re new to cigars, he’s a great starting point in your journey to find what you like.