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Quick Smoke: San Cristobal Clasico

23 Apr 2011

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”


Nearly three years ago, I reviewed the San Cristobal Supremo and found it “flat and unexciting.” I always wanted to revisit the line and finally got around to it, recently smoking several of these robusto-sized Clasicos (5 x 50). They’re impressive. The prelight aroma is so rich and sweet I was tempted to take a bite out of the stick. But lighting up was a better idea. I enjoyed a complex array of flavors, a good burn, and lots of smoke. I then decided to give the longer Supremo another try and was disappointed again. I’ve not even seen many of the eight vitolas in this Nicaraguan puro line, but I don’t think I’ll try any others. I’m sticking with the Clasico.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

photo credit: Ashton

Drew Estate

One Response to “Quick Smoke: San Cristobal Clasico”

  1. Hammerhead Monday, April 25, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    Not to mention one of the best wrapper in the business.

    Your reviews are great. They are never over-the-top with identifying 16 different so-called, 'flavors'.

    I keep preaching that a cigar has an overall essence vs. 'perceived' flavors.

    As a matter of fact, a few of us were sitting in the lounge at Old Va. Tobacco in Kingstown Alex. the other night and had a good laugh at some of these most ridiculous reviews (posted at SR.)

    However, we all agreed that although your reviews are 'sometimes' over-the-top, the majority of your reviews seem to capture the basic profile (i.e., esssence) of the cigar(s).