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Stogie Reviews: Por Larrañaga Panetela (Cuban)

19 Aug 2009

One of the “second tier” Cuban cigar brands, Por Larrañaga doesn’t get the acclaim or attention given to Montecristo, Cohiba, or Romeo y Julieta.

Por LarranagaBut sometimes finding that under-the-radar gem can be even more rewarding. And given it’s easy-on-the-wallet price of under $4, this small five inch by 37 ring gauge Panetela certainly has the makings of an undervalued find.

The little stick features a veiny golden wrapper that isn’t particularly pretty—we both experienced small breaks and tears. With a slight box-press, nearly complete lack of pre-light aroma, and a somewhat spongy feel, it doesn’t appear to have been rolled by an expert, and it doesn’t inspire particularly high expectations.

Once lit, a slightly leathery start soon becomes a a consistent mixture of oak and cream. As you would expect from a small smoke, it’s not terribly complex. But it’s still pleasantly surprising. The flavors are rich and smooth, even if the smoke is on the mild side.

While the appearance leads you to think construction might be an issue, there are no major flaws. The ash is somewhat unstable, a function partially of the cigar’s small width, but the draw is easy and the burn admirably straight.

Ultimately, the JFK size of this cigar makes it perfect for a cup of coffee or a short break. Por Larrañaga has been produced continuously since 1834, making it the longest running Cuban brand still in production.

If they keep making impressive, affordable gems like the Por Larrañaga Panetela, we hope that run continues for centuries to come. For that, this Cuban earns a rating of four stogies out of five.

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Patrick S & George E

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8 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Por Larrañaga Panetela (Cuban)”

  1. furious Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 3:23 am #

    The PL Panetela is a cost-effective alternative to the more popular PLPC that is generally sold in cabinets of 50. Personally, I enjoy the entire marca and hope that Habanos SA will see that they never go extinct.

  2. Danial Thomas Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 5:33 am #

    This is a great little find you guys have here. Thanks for sharing. I am going to have to pick me up some of these for when I am out. If you guys havent already checked out you should. They have many Cigars you may like to do reviews on. I would be curious to see what you ahve to say about some of theirs.

  3. Luke - AspiringGentl Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    Nice review of a great little cigar. Due to the price, and the unexpected consistency of these, they have become one of my go-to smokes.

  4. Labman (Charlie) Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 8:48 am #

    I couldn't agree more these are very nice sticks at a rock bottom price! As you said above these are the perfect smoke to pair with your morning coffee.

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