Up for review is the Imperiales Clasico by Leon Jimenes. It has a nice looking wrapper leaf and a good draw after cutting. Once lit up, it has a creamy sweet flavor with some cedar and spice. There is a mild bitterness that builds as the cigar smokes. The construction was good on both sticks. Overall, this is a very affordable cigar with a good and pleasant, but 1-dimensional, flavor. It would make a great choice for a yard ‘gar.
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
IamDarren: Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
IamDarren: Just pulled mine out of the cello. Nice smooth Connie wrapper. Getting a sweet hay note off the wrapper too.
Terry1: I should look closer at the bands. I didn’t realize the Imperales is made by Leon Jimenes. I do know it’s a value stick. Smooth mottled wrapper. Got a good draw on mine with some cedar and hay notes.
IamDarren: easy draw after the clip. Very floral on the cold draw. Mostly cedar with a hint of some spice.
Terry1: Lighting up!
IamDarren: proceeding to toast this puppy
IamDarren: Looks like this is a bundle cigar. Looks like about 2.50 a stick
Terry1: Nice start. Creamy, some sweetness, hay and a little black coffee bitterness on the finish.
IamDarren: Cigar lit easily. Lots of smoke on the easy draw. Was getting some bitterness at first but it quickly settled down into a tangy hay note. Also getting some floral notes and cocoa on the finish. Nice mix of flavors.
IamDarren: seems to be getting more creamy with each puff
Terry1: It’s producing plenty of smoke. Burn is wavy. The early sweetness has already mellowed maybe changing more to the floral note you mentioned. A woody note is coming through.
IamDarren: mine still has a tanginess on the finish that lingers. A couple puffs have been borderline bitter but the other flavors almost cover it up so im not complaining. Seems to be burning a bit fast. And watch the ash, its flakey.
Terry1: Yeah I just tapped the ash off. It does seem to be burning fast. A mild spice is coming through the sinus. A sweet hay note is dominating the flavors for me. The bitterness I’m getting is minor and only on the finish.
Terry1: A mild sweetness (maybe floral) is coming back. Helps with the hay and wood notes. No issues with the construction.
IamDarren: just about through the first third. Tons of smoke. Sweet and creamy with some cedar and spice mixed in. Touch of bitterness on the finish but overall very good mild-medium bodied cigar so far.
Terry1: So are you going to make it to the festival this year?
IamDarren: I haven’t talked to the wife yet. I did look at the website and noticed that the early tickets are gone. Im assuming the general admissions will last awhile.
Terry1: Yeah they will be on sale for a while. In years past they had general admission tickets available right up to the day of the festival. You’ve got time.
IamDarren: might not have as long to get a good hotel room though
IamDarren: Did you see the Mega-Herf? Looks like it is the day before the festival.
Terry1: True. The hotel we’ve been staying at in Louisville was booked up. We are staying in Thornton this year. Hopefully there is a cigar shop close by. In Louisville there was one across the street from the hotel. That was nice.
Terry1: I didn’t see that yet. They held the mega-herf at the same place last year. It was packed! We are talking about skipping it this year.
IamDarren: lol. Yeah i don’t know if i could enjoy being packed in a building with a bunch of guys all smoking different cigars. Might be ok if it was outside.
Terry1: It’s in a small strip mall. So there wasn’t anywhere outside to go. About a dozen guys were outside standing the parking lot. The line to see Drew had a least 30 people in it. My friend stood in line while I went through the humidor. He moved about two feet in the 30 minutes I was in there. That’s when we left. It wasn’t worth it. Ended up meeting Drew at the festival.
Terry1: Into the final third. No changes in flavors. Still mild and burning well.
IamDarren: Same here. Still smoking well and tastes good. Only complaint is the flaky ash.
Terry1: I’m thinking this would make a good golf course type of cigar. Good construction, easy draw, okay flavors and cheap enough if you forget it on the tee box you don’t feel bad about leaving it behind.
IamDarren: lol, completely agree
IamDarren: Or out fishing and accidentally dropped it in the water
IamDarren: Since the flavor is pretty consistent i would probably go with a shorter vitola.
Terry1: I’d agree.
Terry1: Getting a minor nutty note in this third. Bitterness on the finish is building. May be burning hotter as I near the end. I’ll slow down and see if that helps.
IamDarren: Yeah i was noticing the bitterness creeping up so i let mine rest a little longer and it helped.
Terry1: Slowing down helped. Not as bitter.
IamDarren: whatever tobacco is giving it that sweet floral note can turn bitter pretty quick when it heats up. Gotta smoke it slow.
IamDarren: Only about an inch left on mine and its getting more and more bitter. Might also be a little tar buildup. I can rate any time.
Terry1: I’m about done too. We can rate it.
IamDarren: Not bad really for a budget bundle cigar.
IamDarren: Nice pleasant flavor, good burn, decent construction.
Terry1: Okay bundle cigar. Okay flavors and good construction as I mentioned before. Not one you would need to focus on. I would recommend trying one.