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Quick Smoke: La Dueña Belicoso No. 2

22 Sep 2012

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.”

This Pete Johnson creation, blended for Janny Garcia and produced at My Father Cigars, was among the most anticipated of the new cigars hitting retailers’ shelves after this summer’s industry trade show. Like Johnson’s earlier La Casita Criollo, this blend is built around Connecticut broadleaf, though it also includes Nicaraguan tobacco. But for me the broadleaf stands out. And, unfortunately, I find little appeal in it. In my mouth, there’s a dry, dusty earthiness that overwhelms everything else. But if you, like many others, enjoy La Casita, you’ll likely feel the same about La Dueña.

Verdict = Sell.

George E

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6 Responses to “Quick Smoke: La Dueña Belicoso No. 2”

  1. Paul Asadoorian Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    I have to sawy I am shocked by this. This stick, and even right down to the size were by far my favorite smokes to come out of IPCPR. I have a nice spice/pepper and a swee esspresso flavor. Hey not everyone is going to agree, but normally your reviews fit my smoking preference, so this one was a shocker. Maybe you will re-visit one day and change your mind (I think we all should revisit every once and a while 🙂

    Take care and keep up the great work on your site!

    Paul Asadoorian
    Stogie Geeks

  2. mighty Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Tried the robusto a few different times. The best way I can describe this cigar is almost like a "tease." Every once in awhile you will get some great flavor, then it disappears. Every single cigar was like this.

    Maybe with some age, the good flavors will come out more predominantly, but right now, it was quite disappointing for me.

  3. Johnny V Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I think Pete Johnson's stuff is widely overrated these days. He's got some outstanding lines but a lot of the newer stuff is good but not great.

  4. George E Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Paul – I agree with you on revisiting cigars. Tastes do change. And I'm sure I'll give this line another try down the road.

  5. Gary K Monday, September 24, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I was a bit surprised that this cigar fell flat for you. Sorry I can't chime it, as I haven't smoked it, but one of my office mates said he loved the La Casita, so maybe he'll like the La Dueña. I'll be curious to see the other reviews that come in on this new line.

  6. Patrick Ashby Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Just fired up a La Dueña this evening, and I'm really enjoying it.

    Then again, my tastes are not 100% in sync with George. The best example that comes to mind is San Andres leaf. I tend to like cigars with this wrapper, while George is not a fan.

    To each his own. What a boring world it would be if we all had the same tastes…