When you make as many cigars as Don “Pepin” Garcia makes every year, the premium tobacco scraps really start to pile up. And what do you do when you have a surplus of short filler? Some put those scraps to use in other tobacco products. Of course, Pepin produces cigars exclusively, so he uses that remaining leaf to make more cigars, like the Tabacos Baez Serie SF and the Ashton Benchmade.
Accordingly, the “SF” part of the name stands for “Short Filler”, differentiating this cigar from the original long filler Tabacos Baez. However the name is a little misleading. The Serie SF is actually a “Cuban Sandwich” or mixed filler cigar, with the vast majority of the mix favoring long filler leaf (70%). And when you take into consideration the wrapper and binder, there’s really not all that much short filler in the stick! So it seems appropriate to me that I keep the filler in this short, and get to smoking. Let’s burn this sandwich.
Size: 6 x 46
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua (70% Cuban-Seed Long Filler)
Smoking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Price: MSRP $3.20 (Elf costume sold separately)
To visually differentiate the Serie SF from the original Tabacos Baez, Pepin has added a large green section to the band that states plainly, “Serie SF”. Looking the cigars over, there isn’t much to report, it’s an average looking cigar. There was a little oiliness to the natural wrapper leaf and some fine tooth. There were also a few large, but not unattractive veins running the length of each cigar, and I didn’t find any damage or imperfections on any of them.
Examining the cigar with the other senses was a little more interesting. To the touch the cigars were firm, though a little inconsistent. The wrappers had an unusually sweet aroma, and the cold draw was also a little sweet, tasting like cocoa.
Given the short filler component of the Tabacos Baez Serie SF, my expectations in the burn department were a little lower than they would be for other long filler cigars. It probably had something to do with the high amount of long filler, but the Serie SF consistently outperformed. The ashes were surprisingly durable, the draw was good, and the burn line never needed a correction to burn evenly, though it was often a little jagged on closer inspection.
The only thing that gave away that this cigar is a cuban sandwich was the unpredictability of the cigar’s ashing. From one ash to the next, you could never be sure if that half inch on the end was about to go, or if you could burn another half. (If I weren’t smoking these for a review, there’s no way I would have risked the long ashes depicted in the Tower of Burn below.) This is to be expected with mixed filler, and I’m mentioning it here not as a point of criticism, but as a warning to keep that ashtray close at hand.
Initial puffs of the cigar provided a sweet, creamy cocoa and coffee combination, but in no time cedar began to make its presence known. Faintly at first, but it grew in potency as the initial third progressed.
Around the end of the first and through the early portions of the second third, the cigar became a little sweeter, offering up more cocoa and coffee flavors and even a bit of toffee. At around halfway through the cigar or a little beyond, the cedar flavor once again began to assert its dominance and had some pepper reinforcement. From this point until the cigar finished, the profile was peppery cedar, with occasional coffee notes.
What a great price for a cigar! With so many new and limited releases coming out priced well above ten bucks, it’s great to be able to still find a decent smoke you can buy with your pocket change.
The Tabacos Baez Serie SF isn’t a particularly complex cigar. There is a little development in the flavor department as it burns, but let’s be honest, nobody’s going to buy it looking for nuance. What you’re looking for is a cigar you can enjoy when money is tight, or anytime the conditions aren’t conducive to the appreciation a higher-end, more complex smoke. And for either situation, the Serie SF is a great smoke. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s a really enjoyable cigar in general, which is why I’ve been known to grab one even when time and money aren’t tight. It really is one of the best value buys out there, and if you haven’t tried one yet, by all means pick up a few.
Liked It: Yes, box-worthy
Buy It Again: Yes
Recommend It: Yes
Tower of Burn
Here for your viewing pleasure is my trademark Tower of Burn.
12 thoughts on “Tabacos Baez Serie SF Corona”
Another fine review and funny thing is, even though I fire up just about everying Don Pepin makes, I’ve yet to smoke a TB. Sigh, so many good cigars.
I have a question…………..How does the Corona size compare to the Robusto? I was planning on buying a box, but have only tried the Robusto.
You know both are good, but I think I like the corona more. It’s the one I keep buying, anyway. I don’t think you can go wrong with either.
I have read a few reviews of this cigar and they all seem very favorable. I am planning on trying a few in the robusto size. DPG makes some of the best cigars out on the market right now and this looks like another great one to have when the money is a little tight.
I smoke the shit outta these things when I’m being cheap or go over my cigar budget. Although not complex I agree they are nice. As for size, I’ve only had the toro size and find it enjoyable.
Just ordered a box to try after reading the review. I’ve been on the lookout for a good low price everyday stogie.
Just ordered a case of 12 boxes after reading this review, your reco better be spot on or I’m comin after ya big boy. Lol jk my man. I’ve had these several times and gotta agree they are one of the better value smokes out there. What are they like 3 bux a stick on average with a box purchase? Slammin deal!
Great smoke at a great price. All the sizes are good. Thanks for the review B-Doog
I would contend that S.F. means SANDWICH Filler, not short, as short filler smokes have no long filler in them. They are made from 100% crumbly sCRAPs, whereas the Tobacos Baez Serie SF is only 30% short nestled inside %70 long filler. That signifies a sandwich filler, hence the name Serie S.F. Thats my two cents.
Dad and I just ordered 20 Coronas from Thompsons on sale for $49 with free Ground shipping! Anyway, ever since I smoked a San Cristobal 2-3 years ago Ive been a Pepin fan. I thought it was in the top 5 of all cigars in our shop, which was a Davidoff White Label Merchant, also with a hefty Fuente account. In the $8-10 price point the SCs were numero uno, hands down. We just huffed down a bundle of Holts LHO III, which werent jaw dropping, creamy, chewy chocolate bars like the San Cristobals by any stretch, but well worth the small price tag in front of them. My dad went through 7 consecutive boxes Fumadores toros, also sandwich filler, and we expect these to be equally tolerable as everyday house-stinker-uppers, if not better.
I must apologize. Being the asshole that I am, I haphazardly skimmed over the review and whiffed on catching the author actually mentioning the word sandwich in reference to these. Thank God I didnt make an ass of myself…hahaha!
Well the times have changed and so have the sf, the word is bitter! Sorry for the negatives, but buyer beware!After trying 6 or so of the robusto and torro’s with displeasure, After giving up hope. Theres 65% bitter filler on the toro and all are ban from my humi.