Origin: Danli, Honduras
Wrapper: Honduras – EMS
Size Name: No. 17 – Superiore
Ring Gauge: 47
Strength: Medium – Full
A couple of months ago I began reading a few posts on a couple message boards talking about the Consuegra being a good low budget smoke. After reading some good reviews I decided it was time to order a bundle.
One important thing to keep in mind is that Consuegra cigars are more or less Villazon seconds. What that means is that they are a mixture of Villazon brands including, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, El Rey Del Mundo, etc. I also read a disclaimer in the new JR catalog that you may receive a bundle of cigars that may have come from two or more of these cigar brands. JR states that this is rare, but it is a possibility.
With that in mind, you could have a very different experience than me even if buying the same size as I did. In my case I ordered the Consuegra No. 17
At first glance, the wrapper appears to be rather dry and veiny. A careful pinch resulted in a firm feel with a light spring. I pulled out my Palio cutter and clipped the end. The result was a clean easy cut. After checking the pre light draw I found it to be decent with a slight bit of resistance so I started the lighting process.
The cigar lit without any problems and began producing a good amount of smoke. The strange thing out the cigar was that the initial flavor was very flat. What I mean by that was that it only tasted like tobacco. There were no discernable flavors at this point that made things interesting. The finish was mildly creamy and short on the pallet while the body started off in the Mild to Medium range.
After a couple puffs the first thing that I noticed was that the burn was very fast. The ash appeared loose and flaky but was surprisingly strong. The flavor developed into dominantly woody taste while the finish stayed mildly creamy but started to last longer on the pallet. The body was Mild to Medium although I could feel it slowly building.
After a short period of time I began to burn into the second third of this cigar. I could now taste a light salty flavor in the background of the woody base. The finish was mildly creamy, as before, but now lasted for several minutes on the pallet. The body was now in the Medium to Full range while producing a good amount of thick smoke.
At the final third of the cigar the salty flavor disappeared and a spice began to develop. The spice was the type that seemed to tickle the back of my throat at first. After several puffs, the spice grew to the type that now began to irritate the back of my throat. The flavor base was consistently woody throughout the entire cigar. The body continued to progress further down the spectrum until it was in the full range. The finish stayed mildly creamy and continued to last several minutes on the pallet.
By the time I reached the band the cigar had become too harsh to continue smoking. At this point I was forced to put it out. Overall I think that this is a consistent cigar that is rather flat in the flavor category. When I say flat, I mean that it was very boring. Even with the few flavor changes I noticed, it was not enough to keep me interested.
I would recommend this cigar if you were doing something with your hands to distract you. I think this would be a decent smoke while working on the car or mowing the lawn, but definitely not one that I would recommend while sitting back trying to relax. This cigar just doesn’t fit the bill in that situation, but I certainly wouldn’t expect that from a cigar of this price range.
For around 25.00 per bundle, it is definitely worth picking one up just to have around. Especially for the occasions when you know you will be busy but just want to have a cigar while doing other things.
9 thoughts on “Consuegra No. 17”
My experience is that these should be rested at least a year before smoking them. This allows them to mature and smoothen out alot, compared to when they come from the dealer. being seconds, they are not aged at all in the factory.
First of all, I’d like to point out that you referred to these repeatedly as “Consuerga”. They are, in fact, called “Consuegra”. Notice where that “r” is located.
I bought 25 of these ~9months ago at JRcigars.com I got the Double Corona #279 (7″ x 48 ring) variety and paid $21.95 (88cents each). I agree with the other commenter, that these age well. They were yard-gars on day 1, but now I rank them up there with several of my $4 smokes.
Thanks for pointing out my error. I went ahead and corrected it where I could.
My dad has smoke these for years . Loves them finds them decently built decent flavor. Many years ago he used to smoke Cubans, I remember as a kid seeing the Cuban newspapers they were rolled up in. He understands a good cigar and now into his 80’s he only smokes these. They are a excellent Yard-gar. For the price they are a steal.
I’d like to slip in a plug for the Consuegra Robusto Zavala
72 in the maduro. Definitely the best cigar I’ve ever smoked for
the money. These sweethearts come in 25-stick bundles and sell for
under $40.00, are well-made and maintain a decent ash. They have a
burnt caramel nose but the taste isn’t cloying. And yes, you’re not
going to get hints of espresso and leather with a tootie-frooty
finish for a couple bucks a stick. However, if you like the taste
of good ole tobacco, this may be the brand for you.
Not a bad smoke at all. I agree they should be laid back to age. They remind me a lot of Roi-Tan cigars, which were quite good. They will never win beauty contests but they are good smokes.
Well, here we are, 16 years since I bought a bundle of Consuegra in maduro, about a 52×6 or so. These were enjoyable, cheap cigars when I bought them, now they are very enjoyable cheap cigars. Lots of delicate flavors and aromas, not unlike a Virginia-Oriental-Dark Fired pipe blend. Medium strong in flavor and mouthfeel, light and aromatic in the nose.
In retrospect the review by Walt hasn’t aged as well as the cigars have. Lots of subjective rattling on, complaining that tobacco tastes like…tobacco.
My only complaint is that I only have six of these Consuegras left…before I have to open another bundle.
Maybe I’ll wait another 16 years for that, and post a follow-up review in 2035.
The days of stellar dog rockets from Lew are long gone, but the mantra remains: Cellar often and cellar deep my friends!