Don Sixto by Nestor Plasencia – Cigar Review

This week’s group cigar review is of the Don Sixto, a cigar made by Nestor Plasencia.   It has a nice looking Connecticut wrapper, although one had a crack near the foot.  The draw was just right after using a cutter.  Once lit up, the cigar was sweet and creamy tasting with some cedar flavor and a slightly spicy finish.  We really like the flavor, it’s has a bit more kick than your typical Conneecticut wrapped cigar due to the Nicaraguan tobacco inside.  Later in the cigar, the creamy flavor faded and was replaced by more pepper and spice.  Overall, this is a well constructed and unique tasting Connecticut wrapped cigar, and we think it is a great buy at the roughly $6 MSRP.
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Construction: 8/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 45/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 47/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 45/50

7:37 PM
Terry1: Nice looking Connecticut wrapper on the Don Sixto. Has the typical hay notes. Draw is a little loose.
7:38 PM
IamDarren: Draw is about right on mine. Also getting some grassy notes on the cold draw. Maybe bread. Pretty mild
7:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: The wrapper looks great on mine, other than a small crack at the foot. It has a semi-sweet tobacco smell to it. Nice draw. Ready to go!
7:41 PM
IamDarren: ok, lighting up
7:43 PM
IamDarren: lots of smoke, a sweet grassy note is really coming through on the first few puffs.
7:43 PM
IamDarren: also getting a mild spice
7:45 PM
Terry1: Agree the cigar is producing a lot of creamy smoke. I’m liking the flavors. Nice blend of sweetness, hay and spice.
7:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: I am getting very dry hay flavor with some spice and a very faint sweetness. Extremely smokey cigar, lots of smoke coming off of it.
7:47 PM
IamDarren: yeah, for a mild stick this one is starting off well. Its also leaving a nice clean zesty finish. Might be a little on the dry side but not bad.
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7:48 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I definitely don’t think of dry smoke as bad, just is what it is.
7:49 PM
Terry1: I’m starting to notice the spice building. The retrohale stings a little. The beginning of the Don Sixto has more going for it than what I expected.
7:49 PM
IamDarren: starting to think that zesty flavor I was getting on the finish is starting to taste more like wood or cedar. Its also starting to get a little more creamy.
7:51 PM
IamDarren: burn line is perfect and the ash is nice and tight
7:52 PM
StraightUpCigars: You guys are right, a creamy flavor is the main flavor right now.
7:55 PM
IamDarren: looks like Don Sixto was an old Cuban cigar maker. This cigar is a tribute to him. Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos with a habano binder for added strength.
7:56 PM
Terry1: Agree a nice sweet creamy flavor is dominating. The spice I thought was building suddenly went the other way in just a few minutes. It’s still there but more mutted now. Burn is near perfect.
7:58 PM
IamDarren: I have been smoking a lot more Connies lately since I have more free time in the middle of the day when I am checking cattle. So far this one is looking like a good candidate.
7:59 PM
StraightUpCigars: This is not your typical Connie, though.
8:00 PM
StraightUpCigars: That Nic tobacco adds a whole different element.
8:01 PM
IamDarren: good point. Its got more flavor and body then most Connies. Not as strong as a Guillermo Leon or Odyssey but sometimes I appreciate a cigar that I can leave in my mouth and not have to take a drink every little bit.
8:02 PM
Terry1: Totally agree. This one seems to have a bit more sweetness and less of the grassy notes. So far it’s been an easy cigar to like. Nice change from the heavier cigars.
8:03 PM
IamDarren: ash is holding strong at an inch
8:06 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, the construction is great so far. Still producing a lot of smoke. The sweet and spice are perfectly balanced right now. Great cigar at this point.
8:10 PM
IamDarren: looks like they retail for around 6 bucks. But Terry is right, there are some box deals.
8:12 PM
IamDarren: Either of you watch college basketball? We actually have two ranked teams this year. Wichita State is undefeated.
8:13 PM
StraightUpCigars: Wow, Wichita State undefeated? I don’t typically watch until March, this year is no different.
8:15 PM
Terry1: I’m with Matt. I usually don’t follow college basketball until March. I’m getting revved up for the start of NASCAR next week. (pun intended)
8:15 PM
IamDarren: I always like to watch Daytona, its usually a good race.
8:16 PM
Terry1: They have a new car this year. I’m curious to see how well it drives.
8:17 PM
Terry1: I’m around halfway. Flavors are staying consistent. I’m liking the overall sweetness coming through now.
8:18 PM
IamDarren: agreed, very sweet and creamy with a slight hay note. At least its consistent.
8:18 PM
StraightUpCigars: Me too. This is a pretty slow smoking cigar. Super sweet creamy flavor dominating. I really like what its doing right bow.
8:19 PM
IamDarren: resting smoke smells great, I think other people might actually like being around me when i smoke this one, unlike most of my cigars.
8:19 PM
StraightUpCigars: Good point. Hopefully the people in this hotel are enjoying it, it’s a super smokey cigar
8:21 PM
IamDarren: sure seems like you have been on the road a lot this year. Is this normal or are you more busy this year.
8:21 PM
Terry1: I wonder how far the scent travels in a hotel. Usually there’s a big gap at the bottom of the door. Hopefully no one comes knocking on the door.
8:22 PM
StraightUpCigars: I have wondered the same thing. I think this whole floor is smoking though.
8:23 PM
IamDarren: I can tell you guys one thing… you sure wouldn’t want to smoke a Spectre in any kind of confined space. Had one over the weekend and boy does it have an interesting smell to it.
8:23 PM
IamDarren: And its one of those smells you will still pick up a week later
8:27 PM
StraightUpCigars: Hehe
8:28 PM
IamDarren: my second ash just dropped in the tray, im well into the second third, about a half inch from the band. Flavors haven’t changed much.
8:29 PM
Terry1: Band come off easily. Agree still about the same flavors. Ash on mine is starting to flower a bit but nothing to worry about yet.
8:42 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think the creaminess is gone in my cigar, I’m getting a ton of cedar flavor with some spice. LOVE it. Very good cigar.
8:43 PM
IamDarren: going into the last third mine is still nice and creamy but the sweetness has faded a little. Getting a little more spice.
8:44 PM
Terry1: Mine too. The sweetness has faded from the middle third and it is getting more of a cedar note. It’s good. Still burning great.
8:47 PM
IamDarren: you were right, definitely a slow burner. Took an hour to only smoke 2/3 of this stick.
8:48 PM
StraightUpCigars: Since a few beers tonight has reminded me that my job can be cool, I forgot to tell you guys I got to fly one of our planes for about 20 minutes on the way back from NM. Just keeping a straight line is super hard, and being in the cockpit ofr a landing is insane… I don’t know how they do it!
8:51 PM
IamDarren: One of our biggest local farmers was flying with some of his family in their private plane and went through a down draft. The plane crashed and none of them survived… sorry to bring it up but its kinda big news around here. Lets you know just how dangerous flying can be.
8:52 PM
StraightUpCigars: Sorry to hear that. Flying is absurd… the whole concept. Every year there are more planes in the air and more close calls and crashes. Add drones to the mix and it will be like flying through a minefield.
8:53 PM
StraightUpCigars: My wrapper cracked the whole length of the remaining cigar. At almost an hour and a half in, this is not a huge deal to me, but I did also have a crack in it when I started. Going to deduct a point or two for that, but this cigar is a standout. I’d call it medium/full bodied at this point.
8:55 PM
IamDarren: huh, just got my very first amber alert on my cellphone.
8:55 PM
Terry1: I’m about done with mine. No construction issues for me. Nice flavors throughout. The Don Sixto was a good smoke. Thanks for picking this one out Darren.
8:56 PM
StraightUpCigars: Susie gets them all the time. Welcome to smart phone ownership
8:56 PM
IamDarren: same here, only one tiny crack that it burned right through. Ready to rate whenever you are.
8:58 PM
StraightUpCigars: My cigar went bonkers in the last few minutes, this last bit will be unsmokeable, cracked wrapper and only want to burn on one side. Will rate well though. Rating now.
9:01 PM
IamDarren: It lacked some complexity but I really enjoyed it, especially since its not in my normal flavor profile.
9:02 PM
StraightUpCigars: Good scores. Super unique flavor for a Connie wrapped cigar. Unique cigars rate well here these days, those and super bargains. Great pick!


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