partagasd4 Posted July 1, 2010 Share Posted July 1, 2010 UPDATE I'd like to start by giving a big shout out to MontrealRon who kindly shipped several Guantanamera cigars to me to review. Here is an updated review of the Cristales. This one is aged and from 2003. It is part of the original release when Guantanamera was under Habanos. Construction: Much better: less veiny, better wrapper. Pre-cut. Band was on properly. Nice bloom and oils from age. Wrapper slightly cracked. First thoughts: Aroma - Same: light, pleasant tobacco smell. I would liken it to a Montecristo. Pre Draw - Fruity, green tea. Same flavours, but better. First Third: Rich toasted tobacco and light pepper Second Third: Peppery with chocolate/coffee notes Last Third: Spicy with hints of dark chocolate, papery at times. Nice smokey aftertaste. Conclusion: This cigar was a massive improvement after the last one. The tasty flavours lasted all the way until the end. Flavour-wise, this cigar can hang out with others in the 80 range. However the construction and pieces of tobacco I had to constantly spit out were drawbacks. I would rate this cigar a 75, which is a three fold improvement of the 2010 stock. If the current stock was this good, I'd say stock up on them (The Czar sells them for about $5 a stick). Thanks Ron! Original Review: Guantanamera Cristales: Cheap, but is it Cheerful? I'm a poor student with a lot of debt. So I am always searching for tasty, inexpensive cigars. I was at my local cigar shop and asked about an inexpensive Cuban. They showed me the Guantanamera Cristales. At one third the price of a Partagas D4, I thought it would be worth trying, even it was terrible. Cigars Review gives this one an average score of 25, so let's see if it was worth buying. Stats: Length: 150mm Ring: 41 Machine made Paired with water The Cristales comes in a "stylish" plastic tube: Construction: Nothing appealing about the look of this cigar. Slightly oily, wrapper is veiny and cracked while I was smoking it. The band was not put on very well and pretty much fell off. The head was pre-cut. First thoughts: Aroma - light, pleasant tobacco smell. I would liken it to a Montecristo. Pre Draw - Fruity, green tea. Good draw. First Third: Light toasted tobacco flavour. Tasty for such a cheap cigar. Second Third: Flavour changed to become more spicy, slightly earthy. Last Third: No real change in flavour, but more spicy. At this point I'm just waiting for it to end. Conclusion: If I had only smoked the first third, I would have rated it 50, or slightly better. After that, the cigar just got worse, it just lacked a good flavour. Overall, I would rate it around 25. If anyone were to try this cigar, I'd recommend smoking the first third then putting it down. As for the price, you are much better off buying something more expensive because you can smoke the whole cigar and get your money's worth. The Czar's Review: "A rather standard cigar with mild notes of toasted tobacco. Ideal to give to people you don't like who may stubb it out after three draws. Don't smoke this thing yourself. For goodness sake man....have some dignity." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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