JohnS' Smoking Diary 2022


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16 hours ago, JohnS said:


Rafael González Perlas (circa 2013)

I'd like to once again thank @NSXCIGAR for this Rafael Gonzalez Perlas I smoked today. It's been a little over twelve months since I've had a RG Perlas.

The Rafael Gonzalez Perlas is probably the mildest minuto/perlas/reyes option one could go for. Habanos cigars this size are a little more intense in flavour delivery than their larger brethren, but the Rafael Gonzalez Perlas (and Petit Coronas) tends not to be as intense.

This RG Perlas was a great way to spend a pleasant summer's afternoon. It had less floral notes and baking spice than what I would expect for an older version of this cigar, yet it still certainly had a core and dependable cocoa, earth, tobacco and slight honey sweetness to it which was great.

The back half of this cigar had a distinctive 'Earthiness' one finds in the Rafael Gonzalez marca which I appreciated and which you don't always get in other minutos or perlas-sized Habanos cigars. Thirty to thirty-five minutes of smoking enjoyment. What more could one ask for?

Enjoyed going through this batch of reviews John. I have not had a Perlas yet but I recently received a box from 2015. Not sure it’s a cigar that I would think of as being in my “wheelhouse” but part of the fun of this hobby is trying new things and expanding one’s horizon. I’ll let the settle a bit and then give them a try. 

On another note, I’m quite tempted to open my last 2007 BGM box after reading your review. Cheers. 

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