This week’s group review is of the Bucanero Havana Rose. I have had some pretty good luck with the Bucanero cigars in the past, so let’s see how this one works out. It has a nice sweet and cedary smell with a very fine wrapper. Draw is loose prior to lighting. Once lit, the Havana Rose had a nice creamy flavor with charred cedar and some spice. It was mild bodied for most of the smoke. We had some minor construction issues, but that is to be expected with a size 60 ring gauge cigar. All in all, this was a good cigar that could have been great. We had no complaints and all compliments about the tobacco used, but the large vitola hampered this smoke. I would say this one is definitely worth giving a try.
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: Has a slightly sweet cedary smell. Nice rose tinted wrapper. Very airy draw once lit. Pretty decent start overall.
Terry1: Cut my cigar and my draw is airy too. Getting a cedar note on the cold draw. Lighting up!
Terry1: You’ve got to be kidding. My son drained my torch lighter lighting firecrackers. This will take a while using my single flame lighter on this big boy.
StraightUpCigars: After lighting I am getting buttery smoke and a charred wood flavor. I like it!
StraightUpCigars: My dad taught me how to light firecrackers with a cigar
Terry1: lol. I might try that tomorrow night!
StraightUpCigars: Do you set some off at home?
Terry1: Yeah. In the street.
Terry1: This one’s starting very mild. Lots of creamy smoke. I’m getting some light sweet cedar notes.
StraightUpCigars: I like the flavor of the tobacco at this point. Same story as the Canon Maduro though, rolled a little loose and the large vitola is not helping thus far.
Terry1: That’s what I was thinking. If the draw gets too loose it’s going to be hard to keep this one going. Still don’t care for these large sizes.
StraightUpCigars: What do you think of that spazz z-man in the video?
Terry1: I haven’t watched it yet. But he looks like a character.
StraightUpCigars: He sure is. He sent me an email about the video. He is really passionate about it. Funny thing is he is not affiliated with CRA, just believes in the cause.
Terry1: The Bucanero website calls this cigar smooth and spicy. They’ve achieved the smoothness. When does the spicy start?
StraightUpCigars: I am getting the faintest spice. I bet by the end this thing gets spicy.
Terry1: I hope so. I’m liking the cigar so far but I fear it’s going to lose what little flavor it has.
Terry1: Ha, just watched the video. Zman shows a lot of passion. Good rant.
StraightUpCigars: It being nicaraguan tobacco, it has to get spicy at some point. So who/what keeps starting the fires by you?
Terry1: One by target shooters, one by a car idling in the weeds and today construction equipment working in the weeds. Don’t these people understand how hot an exhaust pipe gets?
StraightUpCigars: Wow, idiots. They have been able to put them out?
Terry1: The first two yes, today’s is still out of control. It’s burning up the mountain for now. They say as the temps drop tonight the valley will fill with smoke.
Terry1: It may be the rosado wrapper influencing me but I’m getting a floral note now.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I am getting that too and some sweetness. I did just do a burn correction, but it may not have needed it, I was bored
Terry1: Mine is burning uneven but I haven’t corrected it yet. Yeah I get the sweetness and a little pepper in the retrohale. Maybe this will continue to build.
StraightUpCigars: I hope so, it’s darn good right now.
Terry1: Tapped the ash. I have a void that’s causing the burn to travel up one side.
StraightUpCigars: Weird. Hopefully it does not run the length of the cigar!
StraightUpCigars: My burn has evened out now. It’s smokign really well.
Terry1: I’m getting an earthy note now and this may sound wierd but my mouth feels like I ate a jalapeno pepper. I don’t really taste the spice but I can feel it.
StraightUpCigars: That is strange and unique! A lingering jalepeno finish, first time for everything I guess!
StraightUpCigars: I keep going to the hose to soak my hair in an effort to keep cool. I’m sick of this weather!
StraightUpCigars: I gotta hand it to Bucanero. There are not many rosado wrapped cigars out there, especially for this price and in this big of a vitola. Pretty unique.
Terry1: Corrected the burn. The void is still affecting the burn but not as bad as earlier. Yeah, they produce a decent cigar for the money.
Terry1: Just checked their website again. Funny this is the smallest size. They must like big cigars!
Terry1: Lots of tobacco for $3. Good value if anything.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, they make some in smaller vitolas, but not for this blend. I don’t know why all the blends don’t have a standard robusto.
Terry1: Agreed, I’d like to try it in a robusto size.
StraightUpCigars: I think I am entering the final third now. Has a mildly sweet and tangy earth flavor. Spice and pepper are really increasing on mine now.
Terry1: I agree. It’s really building in the final third. It’s an interesting mix. Get a little burn, a little sweetness, surrounded by earthiness. Strength is building some too but still in the medium range.
Terry1: My ash wants to flower. I think it’s that void affecting it. How is your cigar burning?
StraightUpCigars: Mine is burning straight as an arrow, but I don’t have any ash pieces longer than 3/4 of an inch.
Terry1: Mine is burning up one side. But it’s handrolled, shit happens.
StraightUpCigars: Now that’s a forgiving attitude. I think last time we smoked you were being an optimist too. What has gotten into you?
Terry1: Must be heat exhaustion.
StraightUpCigars: No kidding. I just had to go in and get a drink of water!
StraightUpCigars: I have a little under an inch of smokeable cigar left. That pepper just keeps building. I am happy with how the flavors evolved on it.
Terry1: Yeah it did take you on an unexpected journey. I’m happy with it. I really thought it would fade after that first inch.
StraightUpCigars: Good thing we hung in there. The large vitola is not so offensive once you are nearing the end of the cigar.
Terry1: I just wish mine burned as well as yours did. It’s still uneven.
StraightUpCigars: Bummer. Hey, do you take tomorrow off of work? Got any big plans?
Terry1: I took today and tomorrow off. My wife works so no plans. Probably a nice BBQ dinner and some fireworks.
StraightUpCigars: That sounds nice. My neighborhood is usually a firework warzone the night before. Silent tonight.
StraightUpCigars: The news has been hammering it into our heads that fireworks are bad, it’s too dry this year, and everyone is gonna die if you shoot off fireworks. Will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow.
Terry1: I love shooting the mortars off. Sadly I didn’t get any this year.
StraightUpCigars: The boom of them shooting is funner than the explosion they make
Terry1: Some of my neighbors do a better show than the local parks.
StraightUpCigars: Wow! That’s fun.
StraightUpCigars: I’m going to set it down and give it a rating.
Terry1: Most of the stuff is still illegal here and with the fire situation, I agree, it will be interesting what will happen tomorrow night. Some of the smaller cities have cancelled their shows.
Terry1: I’m setting mine down too.
StraightUpCigars: It is illegal here too. They have been saying that they are really cracking down this year with $100 to $1000 tickets. I can’t remember if it is the same story every year, but they seem a little more intent on stopping them this year.
StraightUpCigars: Not bad at all. It’s time for them to roll some robustos! The rating is deceiving, though. It was a pretty good cigar that is on the cusp on an excellent rating if a couple of kinks are worked out.
Terry1: I agree. It was a good cigar and if I had smoked a few more I might have rated it higher. Hard to tell if the construction issue I had was a fluke or not with only one sample.
StraightUpCigars: Well, I’ll get us some more after they come out with new vitolas
Terry1: Sounds great!