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Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial No.5

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

In my quest for a quick smoke for when time is short, I came across today’s review. These come in a nice metal tin of 5 for an overall attractive presentation. I paired up with water for this review, but for you seasoned smokers,  found this cigar goes well with coffee for a nice added kick.


Wrapper: Natural-Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Peruvian

Size: 4.5 x 38

Price: 5 pack $17.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The reddish looking wrapper was a bit bumpy but had no major flaws. Sniffing the wrapper and foot revealed a hay-ish barnyard aroma. Squeezing the cigar from head to foot, I found it was a little spongy but wasn’t extreme. The pre-light draw was free, and had an earthy rich soil taste.

The burn required quite a few corrections, and the ash held for about a half of an inch. I think this was unique to this cigar, since the others I smoked didn’t need so many burn corrections.




The first third consisted mainly of pepper. It had a bite, but wasn’t harsh of irritating. Next up was a smooth earthy flavor that resembled a rich soil.


As I progressed into the second third, the bite of the pepper mellowed out a little but kept its “Zing.” The earthy flavors continued with an addition of rich woody notes. Every now and then the pepper would become a sweet spice, but for the most part it was pepper.


The last third didn’t offer a lot of change. The peppery punch went down another notch, but again kept a nice zing. An unidentified sweet flavor appeared more often then the second third, but never developed into a definite flavor. And finally… The earthy notes became more of a background flavor. Overall very enjoyable.



This was a pretty good medium bodied cigar. The bad aspects were the burn corrections but I can let the cigar going out once slide. Despite the flavor profile being a bit one dimensional, I enjoyed this cigar.

Saint Luis Rey Serie G Maduro

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

I’m not sure where I picked up tonight’s cigar. As is the case in the late afternoon, I looked through the humidor for something that looked fuller bodied. This is what I came up with. The wrapper and binder share Connecticut maduro tobaccos. You’d think this would mean full bodied. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. I grabbed the usual cup of water and got to reviewing the Saint Luis Rey Serie G.


Wrapper: Black Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Belicoso 6 1/8 x 54

Price: 4 – $5.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

Overall the cigar looked nice. The dark maduro wrapper was slightly bumpy with medium veins. I could only detect a sweet tobacco smell and slight pepper when sniffing the wrapper and foot. There were only a few slight soft spots when squeezing the length of the cigar. The pre-light draw was a tad stiff, and had subtle fruity notes.

The burn was great, needing no corrections. The ash was strong, and took effort to knock off at one or more inches. The draw opened up quickly once I lit up.



The first started out on a mellow note. I had an interesting flavor that was similar to the pre-light draw. I can only describe it as a slight fruitiness mixed with smooth sweetness. That pre-light flavor lasted for around an inch before fading. Sweet chocolaty notes took it’s place. Surprisingly, the body was more in the low to mid medium range.


The second third didn’t offer a lot in terms of change. The base flavor was a mocha/chocolate, and it mingled with smooth earthy notes. A very, very slight spicy pepper and sweetness was noticed when passing the smoke through the sinus. The body of the cigar did not change.


The last third… Honestly I was getting a little bored at this point. It’s not that the flavors were bad. In fact, the chocolaty flavors were good. They mixed well with that slight sweep spice and pepper. The earthy notes went away as well. Simple and decent to sum it up.




This was an OK medium bodied cigar. I was a little surprised and even disappointed in this cigar. I guess I was expecting more power and body. I was expecting more of a Camacho Triple Maduro or even a CAO MX2. Instead what I got was a simple maduro cigar that I’d call “Just another cigar.” This would be a great cigar to introduce someone to what maduro flavors are like without having the punch of a full bodied cigar.

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