Have you ever wondered why a lot of premium cigars, don’t use tobaccos from Mexico? If so, its not a slap against that fine country, but rather the tobacco from there is harsh and not as refined as it is south of there, in Honduras or Nicaragua. It certainly will not be confused with smooth Dominican tobaccos, or rich complex Cuban leaves, that I always just want to light up. Las Cabrillas is a cigar manufacturer from Honduras, that instead of using tobaccos from their country, has decided to import and use “stuff” from Mexico. I’m not sure to why this is, other than perhaps its a cost cutting move. At $2 a cigar, I don’t expect a winning product, but I don’t want a supposedly hand rolled cigar that’s going to make me cough, and have an aftertaste that lingers on for hours.
The Las Cabrillas Cortez is a 4 3/4×50 cigar, and is considered a robusto sized stogie. Its taste is among the worst I’ve ever had, and there are even drugstore smokes that I’ve found more appreciation from than these. That’s right, machine made cigars are better than this particular cigar, which is in a word hideous. I am proud to be frugal with my money, and even if a cigar isn’t adding up to an enjoyable experience, I will usually finish it off. Yet this one couldn’t even be smoked remotely close to the nub, as it started off horrible, and just continued to get worse. I think this might get an award as the worst cigar ever, and even if it was offered to me for free, I would refuse it on principle.
Cutting and lighting this cigar was easy enough. I used a guillotine style cut, which sliced right through the head, and firing it up took less than thirty seconds. Yet as soon as I took my first puff, I realized that the smoke is harsh, acidic in nature, and a bit chalky. There were no notes of chocolate or coffee, and instead there was a hint of vinegar to it. Perhaps chemists had fun constructing one of these, because this is the Frankenstein monster of cigars, and I just kept coughing throughout the time I was able to puff away on it. Smoke volume was below average thankfully, and the aftertaste was with me for the rest of the day. No matter what food and drinks I consumed, I just could not get rid of this, and even the next morning was able to taste it on my lips.
This cigar should be avoided at all costs. A lot of on line retailers will sell it in bundles or at a cheap rate, calling it a premium cigar. That word shouldn’t be allowed within any radius of this product, as it is an inferior stogie that I wouldn’t give to my worst enemy. I’d actually feel sorry for him, due to the poor construction, appearance, and most of all terrible taste. You would be smarter to go with those drugstore wrapped five packs of cigars than these, because the headache caused by my experience with this, has reminded me of the importance of “just saying no.” These are a deplorable selection, and I sincerely hope that this company goes out of business, for its lack of truth in advertising.