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Stogie Reviews: Château Real Belicoso Favorita

25 Mar 2009

Released a couple of years ago as Drew Estate moved to expand its identification beyond its trademark infused, non-traditional cigars, the Chateâu Real natural line offers a pleasant, mild experience.

Château Real Belicoso Favorita1Patrick A reviewed this same cigar a year and a half ago, and I’ve recently smoked a few of the various vitolas—though none of the maduros—and found them consistent in taste and construction.

The prelight aroma is grassy, the initial taste a little tangy. After that, it settles into a comfortable mild cigar with thick smoke that’s steady from beginning to the end, where it turned a bit bitter.

There’s something of an odd room aroma I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s not as strange as the burn. I don’t know if it’s the rolling, tobacco selection, or insufficient filler, but the center of the coal doesn’t appear to combust fully. It’s most apparent in the tapped off ash, where the center is a different shade. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem to affect the overall burn line down the cigar, which is straight and reasonable.

When it comes to information about the cigar, Drew Estate’s website isn’t particularly informative. It refers to the wrapper as simply “Connecticut.” Other sources say it’s grown in Ecuador. The rest of the stick is just called a “balanced blend of well-aged Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos… ” Again, other sources call those two the filler and cite the binder as San Andreas Negro Oscuro from Mexico.

Prices on singles run from roughly $6 to $7. I paid about $6.50 for the Belicoso Favorita, a six inch by 50 ring gauge stick. Not a bargain, but not overpriced either—if you enjoy mild cigars.

For me, the Chateâu Real Belicoso Favorita is an OK cigar for a change. As such, I rate it three and a half out of five stogies.

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George E

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4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Château Real Belicoso Favorita”

  1. Rob Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    Good review. I had one not too long ago that was way too bitter. I let the others sit in the humidor to see how they would develop with age.

  2. George E. Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 4:32 am #

    Rob – I'm curious: Did you notice the odd burning characteristics?

    Also, I'm betting these will improve from aging. Let us know when you try another.

  3. Rob Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Yes – I had trouble with burn that lead to many corrections.

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