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Falto Lonsdale

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The Falto Lonsdale has the exact same blend as the Robusto. The obvious and only difference is in the size. When Luis Falto offered to send me some cigars to try, I graciously accepted. It wasn’t long before a big box arrived. Inside were samples of every line of cigars he offers. Looks like I have some reviewing to do! I paired this cigar with water, so lets see how this compares to the robusto size.


Wrapper: Sumatra (Indonesia)

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Size: Lonsdale 6.5 x 42

Price: $6.80 at Bonita Smoke Shop


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had a semi-rugged look to it, with small to medium veins and some bumbs and blotches. The odor off of the wrapper was barnyard. The foot had the same smell, with a touch of earthiness. The cigar was evenly packed and hard to the touch. As is common in smaller ring gauge cigars, the draw was a little stiff. It wasn’t over the top and fell just within my tolerances. The pre-light draw had notes of cedar and slight earth.

The burn required a couple minor touch up’s in the first third, and the ash held for an inch.



Much like the robusto, the first third opened up with smooth, mellow woody flavors. There was a very slight spicy note when passing smoke through the nose. It was so subtle that you could easily miss it. As this third came to a close, the pepper increased ever so slightly in strength. The aftertaste had a tinge of earthy creaminess.


Like the first third, the second third had dominant woody flavors. The spice remained mellow, and a nice sweetness entered the picture. The sweet flavor resembled mocha or chocolate, but didn’t quite reach that level. Earthy notes were in the background.


The last third crept a little higher in body, but remained in the medium range. That dominant woody flavor remained, and the sweetness developed into a mocha/chocolaty flavor. I had to really pay attention to the sweetness, or I would have missed the mocha/chocolaty notes within. Passing smoke through the sinus revealed a nice sweet peppery spice that had a little kick. The smoke feel became creamier and coated the mouth. Smoke volume increased as well.



Like the Robusto size, this was a good medium bodied cigar. There wasn’t much difference in flavor when compared to the robusto. It basically boils down to what you’d prefer, a robusto or lonsdale. Personally, I would prefer the robusto. Whatever you choose, I think this cigar is worth trying for sure. Thanks again to Luis for sending me these sticks to review.

Falto Robusto

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Luis J. Falto, President & CEO of La Garita Cigar Co & Cigarros Falto, Tabacalera Falto Inc, sent me these cigars to review. They come in Robusto and Losdale sizes. There will be a slight blend change on these two cigars from the current wrapper to a new Sumarta Ecuador. The cigars I smoked for this review featured the current Sumarta Indonesian variety.

Thanks to Luis for sending me these cigars to try. As always, I paired this review with water.


Wrapper: Sumatra (Indonesia)

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Size: 5 x 50

Price: Around $7.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had small veins and a nice looking sheen. The odor coming off of the wrapper was sweet and cedary. The foot had a similar odor, with a slight pepper. The cigar was evenly and well packed, with barely a hard or soft spot. The pre-light draw was good with just a little resistance, and had an earthy, woody taste.

The burn required a couple small corrections, and the ash held for just over an inch.



The first third began with a very smooth and mellow peppery spice was that picked up when passing smoke through the nose. There were nice woody flavors with mild sweet notes hiding in the background. The smoke feel was crisp and dry.


The second third had a touch of earthiness. The sweetness increased in strength a little, and the woody flavors were dominant. The smooth pepper remained when retrohaling, but had an interesting complexity to it. It was sweet with an occasional tinge of fruitiness. The smoke feel became smoother and bordered on creaminess.


The last third went further up in the medium bodied range and bordered on being full. The spicy pepper increased slightly in strength, and was more straight forward tasting. The wood and sweet flavors matched each other in terms of strength, and melded together nicely. Speaking of sweetness, it boarded on chocolate, but wasn’t full blown chocolate. The smoke feel remained the same as before.



This was a very good medium to upper medium bodied cigar. The flavors were good, and switched things up to keep it interesting. Availability is limited on this boutique brand, but I think they are worth trying. Go to their website for a list of shops that carry them and judge for yourself.

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