Im gonna have to disgree with you on this one. I loved this smoke, as a matter of fact probably the best regional I have smoked this year. I found it to be very tannic, and creamy more consistent with something I remembered fro some of my punch SS2's that has always been described to me as a reason to hope for something amazing in the future. I brought one to aquarich, kochroach, Jolietietilfire, and they all felt that it was a nice smoke as well. I'd encourage a revisitation on this one, but I know you will! Cheers!
Review: Por Larrañaga Los Andes (ER Peru)
For those of you that don’t know there’s yet another entry in omnipresent Edición Regional series coming out of Cuba, the Por Larrañaga Los Andes is a 2009, exclusive to Peru that is one of the hardest to find REs I have found. The Exclusive Distributor is Vegas del Caribe, and there were 600 numbered Cabinets of 50 released, but unlike most other releases, this cigar was ONLY released in 50 count Cabinets, as far as I can verify.
There is almost no information about this cigar online, most likely because there are so many ERs that people have just not gotten around too these yet.
But enough about that, let’s get down to business, shall we?
- Cigar Reviewed: Por Larrañaga Los Andes (Edición Regional Andino 2009)
- Country of Origin: Cuba
- Factory: Miguel Fernandez Roig
- Wrapper: Cuba
- Binder: Cuba
- Filler: Cuba
- Size: 5 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Petit Pyramid
- MSRP: $15.00
- Date Released: 2009
- Number of Cigars Released: 600 Boxes of 50 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)
The cigar itself is a great size, with a Chocolate brown wrapper that smells slightly of hay and chocolate. It is a very dense cigar, and is very well constructed, with almost no veins at all overtly visible.
The first third starts out with a bit of pepper, but the overwhelming taste is that classic “Cuban Twang”, a very inconspicuous start, honestly.
In the second third, the small amount of pepper from the first third all but disappears, and I tasted hay, some earthy grit and even a bit of tartish, nutty flavors and it is still obviously a cuban, with the “Twang” always present in the background.
The last third is where this cigar fell apart. It started out much the same as the rest of the stick, but soon turned bitter, although it never got hot at the end. Think of it as a flavor of wet, dank hay, and that about describes it; not overly pleasant at all, but it was at the end of the cigar.
- It is often said that cigars, especially Cubans, might be better with bit of age, but I am not sure the Por Larrañaga Los Andes would even qualify for this. There is so little flavor here to begin with, I can’t imagine it getting any better with age.
- The Draw was great for the whole cigar, and the burn was fine, except at the very end, where it started to wander a bit, although nothing major by any means.
- The vitola is wonderful, and is actually almost the exact same as the Davidoff Broberg’s 125th Anniversary, which I reviewed here, and was just as boring a cigar.
- The Final Smoking Time was 1 Hour and 10 Minutes.
The Bottom Line: I have just one word for you: boring. No wait, I have another word for you: monotonous. Ok, Ok, just one more: vapid. Are you getting the point? While this was not a horrible cigar by any means, at least until the very end, it was basically just a nicely rolled Cuban cigar with classic Cuban flavors that you can get from just about any cigar coming out of the country. This is a prime example of the reason that cigar aficionados blast the Edición Regional series as nothing more then a money grab, putting a new label on a boring (I won’t quite say “sub-standard”) cigar in a new vitola and charging $30 each for them. Very little change in it’s core flavors and no complexity means this is not something I am even going to try to find again, and would not buy even if it was offered to me. There are about 1,559,066,932 cigars that I would smoke before this one.
Final Score: 72