La Estrella Cubana Oscuro
Size: Belicoso 6.0” x 52
I’m always on the lookout for a good premium cigar at a great value. For about a year now I keep seeing this cigar in Cigars International’s catalog. Curious I took a chance and bought a five pack. The La Estrella Cubana Oscuro is wrapped in a Costa Rican maduro wrapper. It’s a little rough looking but feels oily, almost silky and has a nice cocoa scent to it. The long-fillers are Nicaraguan and Dominican. On the cold draw I get some cocoa notes with a little sweetness. The draw has a slight resistance, something I like.
First Third: Upon lighting, the first thing I notice is how sweet the aroma is. It really adds to the enjoyment of this cigar. Even my wife likes the aroma from this cigar and that doesn’t happen to often. The flavors start out with a bittersweet chocolate note with a dash of coffee in the background and I get a mild spice when I retrohale. The smoke is plentiful and creamy. The ash is solid and the burn is just about perfect.
Second Third: No big changes. The La Estrella Cubana Oscuro is smoking great. Flavors are still a chocolaty-coffee combination and I get some earthy undertones every so often. The cigar stays pretty mild in strength during the first two thirds. The ash drops off in solid one inch chunks.
Last Third: The chocolaty flavors start to fade some in the last third being replaced more by the black coffee flavor. Towards the last inch the coffee flavor gets a little bitter. It’s not unpleasant but you will want to drink something. The smoke remains thick with a hint of sweetness right to the end. The strength slowly builds to no more than medium.
I smoked all five cigars for this review and with each one I wanted to find something to criticize, but I couldn’t. The La Estrella Cubana Oscuro is a cigar you can get for $2.00 or less and it’s a winner. With its no fuss burn, solid ash and pleasant maduro flavors, this cigar would be great to smoke in your car or on the golf course. I’m going to order more!
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a box: 5/5
Reviewed by Terry Mackay
By: Terry Mackay