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Stogie Review: Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Belicoso No. 11

1 May 2008

A few months ago a local shop was closing and put everything on sale. Among the sticks I picked up was a ten count box of Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Belicosos. I’ve gotten through about half of them, and it’s an enjoyable cigar.

The wrapper, Sumatra seed sungrown tobacco grown by the Oliva family in Ecuador, is a beautiful deep brown. The choice of wrapper leaves from the “fine center” of the plant gives the cigar its name. Dominican ligero filler is aged five years before being rolled inside a Dominican binder. The completed cigars, according to the company, are then aged longer in cedar-lined cabinets.

The primary band is beautiful and another nice touch is the vitola’s name is printed in gold on the cellophane. That’s a help to consumers and something other manufacturers should consider.

Construction is excellent. The burn is straight, the ash tight and white, the draw offers just the right resistance, and the smoke plentiful.

At just a shade under five inches and a 50 ring gauge, the Belicoso is a good size for the morning or early afternoon. I found it a nice complement to a cup of coffee. I would call it mild to medium, not medium to full as Newman presents it. It’s not terribly complex, and you might find it a little salty. But it is also surprising every now and then as you come across a little burst of sweetness, dry cocoa, or wet hay.

I believe these smokes run about $5 each. Give one a try if you haven’t already. One warning if you do: As with most small sticks, it’s best to smoke slowly so you don’t overheat it. The Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Belicoso No. 11 earns a rating of three and 1/2 out of five stogies.

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George E

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3 Responses to “Stogie Review: Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Belicoso No. 11”

  1. jabba Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    the "smoke slowly" rule applies more to small ring gauge cigars.

  2. Jon N. Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    I try to apply the "smoke slowly" rule to ALL cigars. 🙂

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