When was the last time you considered smoking a Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte? I know, it is practically an old-timey cigar that isn’t hip anymore. Chances are, you’ve been walking past them in your local cigar shop for years and didn’t even realize it.
Even though I haven’t smoke a Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte in years, the line is still dear to my heart. It was actually the first box purchase I ever made. The brand hadn’t even crossed my mind until I stumbled onto a 10 Count Special for $19.99. With a wave of nostalgia washing over me, I placed an order.
When my order arrived, I was a like skeptical. Would the brand be all that I remembered it to be? The telltale dull red band was somewhat comforting and I began me pre-light ritual. The pre-light draw was a little stiff but everything else was on par with what I expected.
As smoke rolled off the freshly toasted foot, I took a puff. It felt like I was slapped in the face with spice. So far, the cigar was a bit bolder than I remembered but I kept at it. In time, things mellowed out and the flavor emerged. Leather, spice, a little woodiness, and a creamy texture brought back fond memories.
While the Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte won’t win any awards, it is every bit as good as I remember. It is a no-frills cigar that performs above its pay-grade. I like to think of it like a $2 cigar that smokes like a $4 cigar. For the money, this is something I would strongly recommend.
In a completely unrelated note, the video for this review is what I like to think of as Going Back to Basics. I turned the camera on and just ran with it. I didn’t care about video length and just enjoyed myself. I must say, it feels damn good to record a video like we did in the good old days when runtime wasn’t an issue.
Chances are good that most of you will browse away from the video long before it finishes but I’m not worried. This is the type of video that got Stogie Review where we are today. I’m planning on returning to this style of recording. I realize it isn’t everyones cup of tea but it is what I like to do and it is far cheaper than a therapist.