Sunday, September 21, 2008

Reyes Family Classic

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This is a quick review of one of the cigars given to me by Frank Santos of Reyes Family Cigars. It's a hefty looking stick that is either the 56 ring gauge or 52 ring gauge by six inches. I don't normally like to smoke fat cigars but since it was free, what the heck. The cigar contains filler leaves from four countries (Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Nicaragua), an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The cigar retails for between $5 and $6.

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The wrapper has a rustic look to it. You can see and feel little bumps throughout and there are a few thin veins protruding . It does look dry, but I saw no signs of lifting any where on the wrapper.

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The initial flavors were toasty and woody with notes of bitter hops and roasted almonds. The body was mild to medium and the strength was fairly mild. After a few puffs I tasted dark chocolate and the wood flavor became tangy or acidic. The flavors overall are smooth and should be well tolerated even by beginners.

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While this cigar may not be very exciting for the lovers of full bodied cigars, it is pleasant tasting and would be ideal as a morning smoke or for sharing with those who are new to cigars.

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