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Stogie Reviews: Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Sungrown No. 9

27 Sep 2007



With Monday’s El Rey del Mundo and yesterday’s Ashton, this week has featured some truly great cigars. I wanted to keep that trend going when I picked out a Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Sungrown for today’s review.

Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Sungrown No. 9Surprisingly, we haven’t written much about this brand, save for a February Quick Smoke of a Centenario. Cuesta-Rey got its start back in Cuba in 1884 under Angel La Madrid Cuesta and is now part of the “Cigar Family” that includes Arturo Fuente and Montesino.

At six and ¼ inches with a 52 ring gauge, the Centro Fino No. 9 is a large, torpedo-shaped cigar with some striking aesthetics. The Sumatra-seed Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper is quite nice, despite a few small tears and some discoloration. While I like the classic, portrait-style look of the double band, I had to remove the top half before lighting up because it was too close to the head.

With a few wooden matches, I had an even burn and immediately encountered an interesting and unique flavor of sweet hay and spicy graham – very similar to the first puffs of the Davidoff Grand Cru series (which isn’t at all bad). The Dominican Republic filler tobaccos are airy and mild, and an earthy base of tea adds some complexity at the halfway mark.

My only complaint on flavor is that traces of sour, stale notes rear their ugly head from time to time, mostly towards the very end. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what this taste is, but I know it’s unpleasant. Fortunately, it doesn’t linger too long, and I found you can help avoid it by smoking slowly.

The physical properties of this cigar are fair. The burn is pretty damn straight (but may require a few touch-ups), the draw is quite loose, and – despite some flakiness – the ash holds pretty well.

Overall, my mild- to medium-bodied smoking experience was enjoyable. The flavor is well-balanced, but the sweet hay notes are what I’ll remember most. In the $5 to $7 range, the Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Sungrown No. 9 deserves three out of five stogies.

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-Patrick A

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10 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Sungrown No. 9”

  1. Patrick A Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 6:20 am #

    Thanks for the comments, everyone.

    George, thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one who picks up this odd "off-taste" towards the end of the stick. It would be a cool experiment to see if that stale flavor diminishes with some aging.

  2. Ricky Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 10:41 am #

    Nice review. I haven’t had one of these in awhile. May have to pick a couple up and revisit.

  3. George E Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 10:44 am #

    Patrick A. – Great review. I’ve enjoyed these sticks as well, but also noticed that same off-taste in the last third or so. I got a deal on a box of 10 a month or so ago at a shop that was closing and have them aging. I’m curious to see if a few months will eliminate the problem.

  4. Cigar Jack Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 11:10 am #

    I haven’t had any of these since I reviewed it back in April. I was going to stop by the shop today and pick up some EO 601 Blacks, I think I’ll add a couple of these to the list too.

  5. Iceman Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 11:40 pm #

    Only 3 stogies?? I would suggest you try another one. You dont mention if you had purged the cigar to try and clear the sour taste. These are an outstanding milder sungrown cigar, IMO.

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