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El Perrito–War of Flavors

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Not long ago General Cigars sent me a sample of 5 El Perrito’s. When I took them out of the box, my first reaction was “These are some ugly cigars!” And with good reason… These cigars are hand made from start to finish. No cigar molds are used, hence the rugged bumpy look. After smoking a few I realized that the goal here isn’t looks or presentation. It’s about a quick smoke that has good flavors for a reasonable price. So with a glass of water, I bring to you my thoughts.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Connecticut broadleaf

Filler: 2 leaves, Nicaraguan and Dominican

Size: 5.5 x 38

Price: $2.50


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

As you would expect, the wrapper is very bumpy and rugged looking, but didn’t have any construction flaws. The wrapper and foot had a mild cedar odor. Overall, the cigar was tightly packed with a lump here and here. The pre-light draw had slight resistance, and had a mild woody flavor.

The burn required no corrections, and the ash held for just under an inch.

1 El_Purrito_War_of_Flavors cigar


The first third kicked off with a rich woodiness and a thick smoke feel. Through the nose I picked up a nice peppery spice that had some zing to it. A tingle was left on the tongue and lips for the aftertaste. Overall the flavor profile was rich and satisfying.

2 El_Purrito_War_of_Flavors cigar

As I hit the second third, I started to understand what some of the other guys who have reviewed this cigar were talking about. No new flavors were introduced. It basically kept the same core flavors as the first third. Some draws were creamy, others were crisp and woody. The pepper remained throughout. It basically flip flopped between thick and creamy or crisp and woody.

3 El_Purrito_War_of_Flavors cigar

The last third didn’t change in terms of flavors. The body and strength kicked up a notch, but that was the only noticeable change. It may sound uninteresting, but it was quite enjoyable.

4 El_Purrito_War_of_Flavors cigar


This was a good medium to full bodied cigar. The flavor profile was simple but interesting and rich. Everything just seems to fit together – the flavors and size of the cigar made sense for a quick 30 minute smoke. For such a small cigar, it burned cool, and the price is hard to argue with. Thanks again to General Cigars for letting me try the El Purrito War of Flavors. I give it a thumbs up.

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