Name: SLR Reserva Especial
Country of origin: Honduran
Size: 5 x 54
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian
Price: $ 3.00
The Saint Luis Rey is a cigar name, according to their website, that is cloaked in mystery. Some believe this cigar gets its name from the Thornton Wilder Play, “ The Bridge of San Luis Rey” while others believe that it is named after the town of San Luis in the Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba where these cigars were originally rolled. Whatever the case may be, these cigars have truly made a name for themselves. The SLR comes cloaked with a beautiful light brown Nicaraguan wrapper and dressed with an eye-catching double band. I hope the SLR tastes as good as it looks.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma:
On the pre-light inspection, I am able to pick up on strong barnyard aromas, mixed with wood and a slight chocolate note. After cutting the cap, I find the pre-light draw to be perfect, bringing forth notes of chocolate, leather and earth. Man, what a first impression and I have not even lit up yet. On the light, the SLR takes to the flame with ease, bringing me initial notes of spice, leather, and a subtle chocolate. Great start! I can’t wait to see what I get as I go further in.
The SLR has proven to be a very consistent smoke, not at all on the complex side. The SLR delivers notes of wood, chocolate, licorice and a subtle herbal note. The strong woody notes are most prominent throughout the cigar with the other nuances making sporadic appearances as you move along through the cigar. Burn lines are wavy, never reaching razor sharp and I did have to touch it up twice, once in the 2/3rd and again as I reached the last third. The ash holds on strong, reaching each transition point before falling off in a dark gray clump. I would consider the SLR a solid medium in regard to flavor. I did start to pick up on the nicotine as I moved deep into the 2/3rd and increased as I moved to my stopping point where I found myself a bit light headed and developing a slight sweat. I would not recommend this smoke for anyone who is just starting off in the cigar world.
The SLR to me was a good cigar. I am personally not a big fan of too much strength in my cigar. I actually prefer them with none at all. With that being said, if you do like a stronger stick and the profile is up your ally than this would be a good one to pick up. And with it being a PENNY PINCHIN’ STOGIEa at $3.00 a stick it is well worth giving it a shot.
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Cigar Review: Saint Luis Rey