Origin : Nicaragua
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Binder : Brazilian
Filler : Dominican and Nicaraguan
Source : Purchased from Cigars International with my own funds
Cost : $34.99 per bundle of 20 (this is the cost I paid so the price may be different if I got them on sale)
I have for you today, the La Estrella Cubana Oscuro. This cigar comes in four different sizes, belicoso (52 x 6.0″), churchill (48 x 7.0″), toro (50 x 6.0″), and a robusto (50 x 5.0″). I will be smoking the belicoso for your viewing pleasure today.
Starting off with the inspection of my La Estrella Cubana Oscuro, I have to say, it is not very pretty. Veiny, blocky and rough would be good terms to describe it. Scent off the wrapper is a faint barnyard smell while the foot does not have much at all but a little tobacco scent.
Upon putting the flame to my La Estrella Cubana Oscuro, I get a chocolaty taste along with what seems to be a coffee flavor in the background. We are starting off with a very mild body to the cigar.
First ash fell off at about 3/4 of an inch. Taste is still with the chocolate on top of coffee it seems. That coffee I am getting is not very prominent. I also am still getting a bit of a cardboard taste every now and then.
rounding out the first third, the chocolate taste is still up front with a cardboard taste just slightly in the background. I am having trouble discerning if I taste spice or if it is the bitter chocolate, so I hope it reveals itself in the second third.
Starting the second third of my La Estrella Cubana Oscuro and i have to say, I am enjoying it so far. I am getting a bit of a cardboard taste in the background but it does not bother me at this point.
Wow, I just got a mouth full of creamy smoke from this cigar. Caught me off guard for a second. Amazing some of the little things you get from some lower cost smokes.
At the end of the second third, the chocolate is still in the forefront with the coffee in the background. I have totally lost the cardboard taste and figured out the spicy notes I was getting was probably the bitter chocolate.
At the final third of this La Estrella Cubana Oscuro we are still with the bitter chocolate and the notes of coffee. I have not had much of a change up in this cigar but it is still enjoyable so far.
I am keeping my eyes on the part of the wrapper at the band that is coming up, like I showed in the video.
I had no problems at all with that part of the wrapper coming up I smoked right through it.
Coming to the end the cigar is getting a bit harsh but it still has the bitter chocolate taste going on. All in all, with an inch left on the cigar I got more than my money’s worth.
I have to say that I did enjoy this La Estrella Cubana Oscuro. I was pleasantly surprised by the body staying mild to low-medium at most. When I first bought these (with the Empire Series) I thought they would be a lot more powerful than I would like.
flavor profile is very basic on this stick with the bitter chocolate being the main component and a bit of coffee thrown in for good measure. I also was getting a nice creamy texture to the smoke that was very enjoyable.
All in all, I would recommend this cigar to anyone who likes a mild maduro stick without much change in flavors. I think they are best for a gathering, or sometime when you don’t want to devote your full attention to the cigar.
I had no burn problems even with letting it in my ashtray while I typed this stuff up.
If you have had these, let me know what you think!
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