Comprehensive Cigar Reviews
Review By: Matt
Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.
Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience.
Review By: Matt
Saint Luis Rey Regios - Robusto 5.0 X 48
This cigar is a well known everyday Cuban cigar at reasonable prices. Known for their dark and full flavors with fruity notes they are good for those with that type of preferred profile. These seem to be the love them or hate them cigars but I have to admit I like this profile as a nice change of pace.
Look and Feel:
A dark brown cigar offering a smooth feel to it. The seams are very tight and the pack it very tight. They have a slight box press to them in your typical robusto size. This is a nice looking cigar with some musty notes on the aromoa. The prelight draw is a little tight resistance with floral note and an ever so slight fruit tone, interesting. Box code AMU JUL 2016
To start you get lots of smoke with some earthy tobacco flavors with cinnamon, nutmeg, and slight heat to the spices. Hints of a dark fruit like a plum with a smooth finish. I do get the feeling that we are smoking these a little too young based on the opening. This third becomes balanced and smoother on the draw. Through the nose you get a nice blend of cream, plum, fig, white pepper and dark earth with mixed Christmas spices. Not an overly complex cigar (the flavors are not as strong as you tend to want.) but plesant none the less. We did notice some burn issues but otherwise doing fairly well construction wise.
No major change except for the fruit flavors have gone away. The Cuban twang is popping in from time to time but it seems to be less flavorful than I expected. The finish does provide the a nice mix of Christmas spices and is fairly short. Otherwise the flavors are the same which is disappointing...underwhelming which makes me believe they need more time down.
This third brings in some different flavors such as a light floral flavor, return of the plum from time to time, and the finish has moved to a deep earth. The finish here in the last third is longer but less spicy. Through the nose you start to get the cream notes but less distinct than it was previous. The uptick in the last third does raise our rating but the middle third was kind of boring.
I tend to think this cigar needs more time down and maybe dryboxing would help the performance. Nice dark flavors but becomes boring before the last third when the flavors kick up. It is too little too late but I really hope they progress towards the flavors like the end. The cigar had to be lit a few times and the construction was okay at best...I just expected more. Unfortunately I think this cigar was smoked too soon and could be a great one, at least I hope so. We will revisit this cigar with some more age on them as I have smoked one since and it was MUCH better! Until then...
Look & Feel:
Flavor & Balance:
70-80 Points - Poor to Fair 81-90 Points - Fair to Good 91-96 - Excellent 97-100 - Epic
The Saint Luis Rey Cuban brand is a newer brand starting after WW2. The typical profile offers dark flavors that tend to provide notes of dark fruit. Known for good rich flavors that smoke well young, the SLR line is a go to for the full body cigar fans.