Thanks to Luis Falto for sending me these cigars to review. Rarely do I gush over anyone in the cigar industry. But sometimes, screw it, I do… I had the pleasure of meeting Luis awhile back at Bonita Smoke Shop, a great retail shop. I have since had the opportunity to smoke and review almost all of his cigars. Luis has expressed his biggest appreciation of cigar bloggers is their honesty. He doesn’t want fluffed reviews, just honest opinions.
He has quite a few blends. Some of them hit the spot for me. Others, well not so much, although I’ve never had a Falto that was blatantly bad. So when I got these cigars in the mail, I looked forward to seeing what he had to offer. You know my routine… I paired with water and here’s the deal.
Wrapper: Habana Vuelta Arriba grown in Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican ligero, Nicaragua, Cameroon
Size: Grand Corona 6 x 58
Price: $9 to $11.00
Pre-Smoke & Construction:
The wrapper glistened in the light, and had a few medium sized veins. What I noticed most was the cap. It just looked well constructed, more so than I’m used to seeing. After repeatedly looking at it, I finally figured it out. It wasn’t a triple cap, it’s a quadruple. The smell of the wrapper was sweet, cedary and a little earthy. The foot smelled woody with a dark earthiness. The cigar was solidly and evenly packed. It may have been slightly spongy towards the foot. The pre-light draw had slight resistance, with a simple cedary taste.
The ash held for almost an inch and was brittle. The burn required a couple minor corrections.
The first third had no build up. It introduced the flavors quickly, and that was that. The first thing I noticed was a spicy pepper. Luckily it wasn’t the burn your face off kind of pepper. Behind it was a blend of wood and earthiness. I could have sworn I picked up a floral note from time to time. The smoke was thick and coated the mouth and sinus. It was somewhat creamy, yet dry at the same time. Yea that makes no sense, but that’s what happened…
The second third stayed pretty consistent with the first. The only slight change was a creamy sweet bitterness. It wasn’t chocolate, but it reminded me of it. Otherwise, my comments on the first third held through the second third.
The last third basically remained unchanged. The smoke feel became thicker, but otherwise, it was almost consistent from start to finish.
This was a good, solid medium to full bodied cigar. Despite the flavors not changing up a lot, they were well refined and enjoyable. This slow burner hit the spot for me. If I were to complain, the price point may be a little high. It probably just depends on where you live. If you run across Falto cigars, I think they are worth trying at least.
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