Here we have a Pirate’s Gold No. 4 by Rolando Reyes Sr. from Honduras weighing in at 5.5×44. The Pirate’s Gold brand has been made by several manufacturers in as many different countries, with this particular Honduran-grown version apparently no longer being produced. Apparently after this version was released production was moved to the Dominican Republic and fell by the wayside. Production has since been moved to Nicaragua and I’ve yet to read or hear any reviews of the Nicaraguan version.
This Honduran version, now years out of production, has recently surfaced on CBid and has been going for between $3-5 per five-pack. I purchased a five-pack a couple of months ago, smoking a couple doing yard work and gifting as many or more away. This particular cigar being reviewed happens to be a gift from our very own Walt (thanks again Walt).
While this particular cigar is listed as a maduro, this is by far the lightest colored maduro I have ever seen. The five-pack I purchased a few months ago was very similar in color and also advertised as maduro. I can’t imagine how light the natural must be. If asked to guess I would probably say this is a corojo wrapper based on the reddish hue.
Pre-light the wrapper is very smooth with only a few small veins. The cap cut cleanly revealing a slightly tight draw but nothing to be concerned about. The foot toasted quickly and the first few draws gave a mild tobacco flavor with a medium body. The burn was clean and straight leaving behind a gray-white ash that held easily over an inch.
There was little to no change in either the flavor or the body through the entire cigar. While I prefer at least a little more complexity in a cigar, the flavor and body were pleasant and the price point is certainly right for a daily cigar. The story with these is that they have been sitting in Rolando Reyes’ aging room for a couple of years. While I have no way to confirm or deny these claims, the cellophane on these was not yellowed (though they could have been wrapped after aging). While turning the cigar lengthwise with a light source behind me I could see the sparse sparkle of the oils on the wrapper, and there was no harshness often associated with young tobacco.
While I don’t think this cigar is going to go winning any awards or is likely to become many smokers special occasion smoke, given the price point I think everyone should give them a try. I would definitely recommend picking up a five-pack of these with your next CBid purchase, at the bare minimum they make a nice addition to the “moochador” and you might wind up with a new bargain smoke.
9 thoughts on “Pirate’s Gold No. 4”
Thanks a lot for letting the cat out of the bag… these have been my favorite go to smoke for a while. At the prce point they can be had they are a very good cigar.
Sorry for outing one of your favorites. 🙂 Based on the length of time these have been offered from CBid, Rolando Sr. must have a really big aging room.
I heard that Walt has a secret store of Pirates Gold that he has been covertly aging since 1992. I can’t confirm or deny this, but undisclosed sources inform me that he only recently started putting the cello on these, so it’s no surprise that there’s no yellowing.
But yeah, this is a nice bang for the buck cigar, all marketing nonsense aside.
Avast you land lubbers should’ve saved this for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” ARRR!
Hey Tom, I agree with you, for the price this is a damn fine cigar. I really liked your Best of 2006 list, there’s a couple on there I’m going to have to seek out.
Vic, I’ll keep you in mind and see if I can’t come up with a special review for September 19. 🙂
Brian be careful cause once you find one for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” you will be finding one for “Day of the Ninja”.
I love this cigar and for somebody who is used to smoking premium cigars at far great pricing this was a real surprise to me. I am now buying as many of these as I can get my hands on and want to fill a 160 quart coolerador. This cigar smokes like a premium,,great burn, great taste and great bargain.
I love this smoke……..buy them from C.I. ……40 ct bundle. Can’t beat the price, always consistent in flavor, burn, and draw. Great size for those times you don’t have an hour or more. Better than most premiums I have purchased. I like the maduro better than the natural, however I would not call it a true maduro wrapper.
Regardless, it’s a great little smoke in the rotation……day, night, garage, yard, free-loading buddy handout, and it fits the pocket. It’s a very nice blend with ample flavor.
That wrapper looks just like the Cuba Aliados maduro I recently got. Do you think that these could be Cuba Aliados seconds? The Pirate’s Gold natural didn’t seem as smooth as the CAs i’ve had, though.