Blanco Primos Cigar Review
It was a dark and stormy night…..OK it wasn’t, it was a cool and clear spring night, I was driving around in the work van, keeping an eye on the little darlings at work. It’s finals week, and Wednesday night, so basically most of the finals are done and over with, so our future shapers and leaders are out and about partying and partaking in recreational substances and activities. It’s going on midnight, prime time for them to start breaking into and vandalizing things. May as well park the van, light a cigar and people watch. Maybe I’ll get lucky and see some classy chick hike her skirt up and take a dump in the parking lot. (Yes that has happened, among other things.) Making mommy and daddy proud…..
My smoke of choice this night is a Primos Estate selection, Habano Criollo Maduro by Blanco cigars. This little gem combines a Nicaraguan Habano Maduro wrapper with a Honduran binder, and fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. I ordered a 5er of the double corona from their website, $30 so basically $6 each. A bargain. At first glance you will notice the deep dark almost black maduro wrapper, a real nice looking stick. Good enough to punch a hole in it and light ‘er up. So I did.
Straight from the beginning, you get real great flavors of espresso, dark chocolate (the bitter 90% kind) a bit of leather thrown in as well, a tasty little bugger. What it really reminded me of is the El Mejor Espresso, a box press cigar that has strong notes of espresso and dark chocolate, another good smoke that I have burned a couple bundles of. Now back to the Blanco. So I fired it up, got slapped in the face with these great flavors, then I got slapped in the face by something else. Flaws. Now keep in mind, I have smoked these Blanco Primos before and had no issues at all, in fact they were a perfect smoke, just unfortunate and how the cookie crumbles, that when I decide to do a review I get one that has issues. So please keep in mind that this write-up is not typical of Blanco cigars or the Blanco Primos cigar, they put out a great product, just today I got one that slipped through. They aren’t like Gurkha where about 3 out of a box of 10 are flawed. Anyway, I light up and start puffing. Great stuff, I’m digging it like a prisoner digging a ditch on a chain gang. Then the shit started to hit the fan. I found that in order to get a good cloud of smoke going, I had to puff and puff and puff, until finally a big billowy white could would appear. It seems there might be a crack or hole in it somewhere, time to investigate. On comes the dome light in the van, and I cant see shit, so out comes my inspection penlight. I’m looking this cigar all over and I cant find anything wrong with the wrapper, even under the band, all I can figure is there might have been a tiny gap in the wrapper somewhere so I couldn’t get good suction. Because I like the Blanco Primos I decide to just work through it. So there I go, puffing and sucking like a two dollar hooker looking for his or her next meal. Then the cigar goes out. All that huffing and puffing and it goes out. Relight. Puff x 50. Uneven burn. Touch up. Puff puff puff, relight, puff, touch up…..that sums up 2/3 of the cigar, then at the last 1/3 its as if angels heard my call and all of a sudden it started burning right, even and I didn’t have to wear my jaw out trying to keep it going. Ahhhh….cigar enjoyment at its finest. So I nubbed the snot out of it.
Bottom line, these are great cigars, and a great value, and even when having a bad experience I still recommend them. Blanco make a quality product, and even though we all like to hear only good things and praise, there is always something that will slip through. If you enjoy a strong cigar with a strong flavor profile of espresso and black coffee, this is a good one for you, and at a great price. I would definitely buy these again.
Until next time, like what you smoke and smoke what you like, no matter what other people say.