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Stogie Reviews: Vegas Cubanas Invictos

6 Apr

Vegas Cubanas InvictosMy first run-in with this Don Pepin Garcia line was, I’d have to say, not nearly as pleasant as the experience my colleague described about one year ago.

A product of Miami’s El Rey de Los Habanos factory, this five inch by 50 ring gauge Nicaraguan puro is covered in a slightly veiny “habano rosado claro” wrapper. The only information I could find on the filler is that it is a “Cuban-seed corojo 99 blend.”

The overall feel is spongy, but the perfectly applied triple cap clips off easily. The foot lights well and produces an abundant volume of smoke with a draw that’s a little on the loose side. While the initial blast of pepper is quickly replaced with strong flavors of cedar and leather, the first third is characterized by a finish that’s a little too harsh.

Progressing into second half, the cedar-like flavor remains prominent. The harsh finish fortunately mellows into the sort of sweet finish that I’ve grown to expect from cedar-flavored cigars. At this point, the burn starts to go awry and several corrections are needed before the smoke is complete.

It’s also worth noting that the label is adhered too firmly to the wrapper, which ultimately results in cracks. That setback, however, doesn’t seem to affect the cigar at all because the combustion malfunctions start before the band needs to be removed.

Ultimately, while the flavors are consistent throughout, they don’t seem to ever evolve. What’s more, the burn problems and the wrapper cracks combine to present a subpar smoking experience.

That’s why this blend, launched in 2005 before Don Pepin Garcia was a household name, isn’t one of my favorites. And the $7 per stick price point makes it easy to pass up on. For that, the Vegas Cubanas Invictos earns only two and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick M

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Quick Smoke: Vegas Cubanas Invictos

22 Mar

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief take on a single cigar.

This Don Pepin production got a cosmetic makeover last year, apparently an effort to boost the line’s profile. I’m not sure that helped but – judged on its own merits – Vegas Cubanas is a good cigar. The Invictos is a five inch by 50 ring gauge robusto with a lovely Habano Rosado Claro wrapper and a blend that includes Cuban seed Corojo 99 and other Nicaraguan tobaccos. It is lighter than most of Pepin blends, though it begins with his typical pepper. That fades at the halfway point, replaced by a woody flavor. Unlike many of Pepin’s sticks, this one burned just fine. At $6, it’s worth a try.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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Rafael Gonzalez Toro

Ramon Allones 550

Ramón Allones Small Club Corona (Cuban)

Ramón Allones Specially Selected (Cuban)

Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Ecuador Edition Petit Lancero

Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Elegidos

Reinado Habanito

Reinado Torpedo

Roberto P. Duran Premium Line Río Toa

Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Toro

Rocky Patel 1961 Robusto

Rocky Patel Connecticut Robusto

Rocky Patel Cuban Blend Robusto

Rocky Patel Decade Emperor

Rocky Patel Edge Missile Corojo

Rocky Patel Edge Toro Maduro

Rocky Patel Fusion Natural Churchill

Rocky Patel ITC Robusto

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro Torpedo

Rocky Patel “Patel Bros.” Toro

Rocky Patel Puro Cubano Robusto

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Torpedo

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Toro

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Petit Corona

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo

Rocky Patel Xtreme Sumatra Robusto

Rodrigo Boutique Blend G6

Rodrigo La Fortaleza Absoluto

RyJ Toro

Romeo Toro

Romeo San Andrés Toro

Romeo y Julieta Aniversario Toro

Romeo y Julieta Escudos LE 2007

Romeo y Julieta Exhibición No. 3 (Cuban)

Romeo y Julieta Exhibición No. 4 (Cuban)

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Robusto

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro No. 4

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro Robusto

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill (Cuban)

Romeo y Julieta Vintage III

Room 101 Big Delicious

Room 101 Johnny Tobacconaut Ranflatic

Room 101 Big Payback Chavala

Room 101 HN 615

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Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador Ranfla

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Room 101 Uncle Lee Ranfla

Saint Luis Rey Gen2 Toro

Saint Luis Rey Rothschild Maduro

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San Cristobal Revelation Mystic

San Cristobal Selección del Sol Robusto

San Cristobal Supremo

San Lotano Connecticut Robusto

San Lotano Habano Robusto

San Lotano Maduro Robusto

San Lotano Oval Pyramid

San Lotano The Bull Robusto (04/15/14)

San Lotano The Bull Robusto (04/29/15)

Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte Madrid

Sancho Panza Glorioso

Santos de Miami Haven Parejo

Savinelli Special Selection 2005 Robusto

Sencillo Black Double Robusto

Sencillo Black Pirámide

Sencillo Platinum Pirámide

Señor Rio Añejo

Señor Rio Diamanté

Serafin de Cuba Robusto

Siglo Limited Reserve No. I

Sindicato Affinity Belicoso

Sindicato Corona Gorda

Sindicato Hex Perfecto

Sobremesa Cervantes Fino

Sobremesa Corona Grande

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Sobremesa Gran Imperiales

Sobremesa Robusto Largo

Sosa 60 460 S

Sosa Limitado Stout Torpedo

Sosa Wavell Natural

Swag Black Lavish

Swag Elite

Swag S Maduro Spin

The T. Toro (Caldwell, A.J. Fernandez, and Booth)

Tabacos Baez Serie SF Robusto

Taino Robusto

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Bon Chasseur

Tatuaje Anarchy

Tatuaje Apocalypse

Tatuaje Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary

Tatuaje Black

Tatuaje Black Corona Gorda

Tatuaje Black (CRA Exclusive)

Tatuaje Black Petit Robusto

Tatuaje Black Robusto

Tatuaje Boris

Tatuaje The Drac

Tatuaje Exclusive Series TAA 2015

Tatuaje Fausto Avion 11 Perfecto Grande

Tatuaje Grand Chasseur TAA 2013

Tatuaje H-Town Lancero

Tatuaje Havana VI Almirante

Tatuaje Havana VI Verocu No. 1 (Exclusivo Lado Occidental)

Tatuaje Havana VI Verocu No. 1

Tatuaje Havana VI Verocu No. 2 (Exclusivo Zona del Este)

Tatuaje Havana VI Verocu No. 5

Tatuaje Havana Cazadores

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Tatuaje La Vérité Churchill 2008 (01/11/11)

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Tatuaje L’Espirit de Vérité 2008

Tatuaje L’Espirit de Vérité 2009

Tatuaje The Mummy

Tatuaje NHC Selección Limitada Natural

Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro No. 2

Tatuaje Pudgy Monster Chuck

Tatuaje Pudgy Monster Tiff

Tatuaje Reserva Broadleaf Collection Especiales (Laguito No. 2)

Tatuaje Reserva Broadleaf Collection Havana Cazadores

Tatuaje Reserva Broadleaf Collection K222

Tatuaje Reserva Porkchop

Tatuaje Reserva SW

Tatuaje Series P Miami P1 Corona Gorda

Tatuaje Series P2 Robusto

Tatuaje Tattoo Caballero

Tatuaje Verocu No. 9

Tatuaje Verocu Tubo

Tatuaje WCD 127

Tatuaje The Wolfman

Te-Amo Dominicana Blend Toro

Tesa Batch 505 Rothchild

Tesa Cabinet 312 Series R

Tesa Havanitas Connecticut No. 1

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Thompson Corojo Cubano Robusto

Toraño 1916 Cameroon Robusto

Toraño Exodus 50 Years Blend Salomon

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Toraño Exodus 1959 Finite 2013 Toro

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Toraño Loyal Robusto

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Trinidad Robusto

Umbagog Toro Toro

Vartan Zoravar Belicoso

VegaFina Nicaragua Gran Toro

VegaFina Sumum Edición Especial 2010

Vegas Cubanas (CRA Exclusive)

Vegas Cubanas Invictos

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Velvet Cigars Bowery Robusto

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Ventura Project 805 Robusto

Ventura Psyko Seven Robusto

Viaje Cache

Viaje Fifty Fifty Black Label No. 1

Viaje Fifty Fifty Red Label No. 1

Viaje Oro Reserva VOR Aficionado

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Viaje Summerfest 2013

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Villiger La Flor de Ynclan Churchill

Villiger La Flor de Ynclan Lancero Especial

Villiger La Vencedora Toro

Villiger San’Doro Maduro Toro (07/27/16)

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Wango Tango Biggie

Warlock Robusto

Warped Flor del Valle Las Brumas

Warped Futuro Selección Suprema

Winston Churchill Chequers

Xikar HC Connecticut Shade Robusto

Xikar HC Criollo Robusto

Xikar HC Habano Colorado Robusto

Yaxel Ortiz Y.O. Toro

Ybor City Handmades Torpedo

Zino Classic Premium Selection No. 3

Zino Platinum Scepter Pudge

Zino Platinum – The Make Of L.A. Collector’s Edition

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