This review comes courtesy of Chad Airhart (Stogie1) from
Yesterday evening while sitting at the Cigar shop, the tobacconist there walked in with a box of Frank Llaneza 1961’s. Straight off the truck. I had heard about these from the IPCPR show, and seen an ad for them in a couple of cigar magazines. I had to try one. Especially after I was told of the limited distribution of these. Apparently only 60 stores nationwide will get them, and they are only to be sold in b&m stores, not online. So I was the first in Iowa to get one. I selected the Double Magnum size.
These cigars are handmade with a dark Ecuador Sumatra wrapper. This is a very dark wrapper (chocolate colored) with a beautiful toothy texture and very nice veins. The pre light draw on this was very nice, and you could tell the construction was superb. It lit very well, and as you can see from the pictures burned very consistently.
I would classify this as a medium to full bodied cigar, but had a very smooth mild flavor, if it is possible to have a mild flavor with a full bodied cigar. At times I noticed different flavors; woodsy, maybe cedar, a little leathery at times and definitely earthy. Throughout there was a mild spice, and towards the nub that was left I noticed a peppery taste. All around a very well balanced and flavorful cigar. As I got down to the end, the flavors became much more apparent. I smoked it right down to the nub. This cigar puts off a very nice smoke, and holds a very nice tight white ash. It burned very evenly right down to the very end.
On the whole I was very pleased with this cigar, as I imagine Frank Llaneza was. In order to put your name on a cigar, it would have to be good, right? It had very nice construction, great taste and body, and the appearance of the cigar was very nice. It was a very enjoyable smoke. And since I like to have things others can’t, I bought one of the handful of boxes that arrived at Pars & Cigars. Since then, I know a couple of others boxes have sold. This is definitely an above average cigar and I would recommend buying one when you see one, especially since I have a feeling they will be hard to come by.