The La Perla Habana 1515 cigar was created to celebrate the founding of Cuba 500 years ( Anos ) ago. This cigar has a nice looking wrapper under the cedar sleeve and a good draw after cutting. Once lit up, the cigar is sweet with an oak and coffee. Both cigars experienced some construction issues with the wrapper splitting. It’s medium bodied with a light nicotine kick. Overall, the sweet flavor profile was good but one dimensional. It’s a good value when bought for less than the MSRP.
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
IamDarren: im all set up. Foot band and the cedar sleeve slipped right off.
IamDarren: Nice medium brown wrapper with light veins. Leathery texture.
IamDarren: perfect draw after a small clip
IamDarren: Interesting cold draw flavor. All I can come up with is almond. Kinda buttery with a slight zest. maybe a hint of spice as well.
Terry1: Cedar sleeve slid easily off mine as well. Draw is good. I’m sitting here trying to figure out the cold draw and can’t think of anything. It’s unusual.
IamDarren: no doubt. Maybe when we light up they will become easier to pick out.
Terry1: Let’s light em up!
IamDarren: MMM, yeah! Tasty. Very sweet at first with a kick of pepper on the finish. Also very buttery.
Terry1: Those first few puffs made me forget all about the cold draw. Pepper kick is right. Plenty of smoke producing sweet, pepper and oak notes. Good start.
IamDarren: Huh. How did I not have this cigar on my radar? Blended by AJ with a dual wrapper: Sumatra and Habano. Lots of different tobacco in this puppy.
IamDarren: i sure hope this is a winner, they retail for 6 bucks and are going for a WHOLE LOT less on the bid site.
IamDarren: I’m getting a nice mix of sweetness, butter, oak, spice, and a hint of pepper on the finish. Pepper was pretty strong in the first half inch but has faded quite a bit already.
IamDarren: Might be burning a bit fast, already 3/4 of an inch in and I’m not speed smoking.
IamDarren: just dropped the ash, smoke production is dropping off some.
Terry1: Pepper faded fast on mine too. I’ve got a nice sweetness, the oak, and a black coffee note on the finish. Enjoying the 1515 right now.
IamDarren: have to double and triple draw to get much smoke but it is tasty. Hopefully i just need to burn through something.
Terry1: I’m noticing the cigar wants to go out. If I set the cigar down. like to type this, it takes several pulls to get the cigar smoking again. I’m hoping it doesn’t heat up the cigar too much and ruin the flavors.
IamDarren: I’m confused. I tried working it a bit to see if it would open up and the wrapper cracked in one spot. After inspecting it I can only see a single wrapper with binder underneath…
IamDarren: smoke production is improving though. Still really enjoying the flavor. That sweetness coats the palate and stays on the finish. Also getting a bit of coffee near the finish now.
Terry1: Can’t help you on that yet. Mine hasn’t cracked. Draw is about perfect for me. Burn is a little wavy. Flavors are getting fuller. Funny you keep taking the words out of my mouth. Smoke production is getting better. Not having to puff so much.
IamDarren: at least we know we are smoking the same stick
Terry1: That’s one of the most interesting points for me when we review. How consistent is the cigar between three different smokers.
Terry1: I’m liking the sweet aroma from the cigar. The coffee note on the finish is okay for now. I’m getting concerned that it will turn too bitter by the end.
IamDarren: The flavor of mine hasn’t changed much since after the first inch. The coffee flavor is very subdued and is really covered up by the sweetness.
IamDarren: I’m across the halfway mark, nearing the last third.
Terry1: Maybe I’m smoking too fast. The sweetness has mellowed and the cigar is now earthy with the coffee flavor. I’ll slow down and see if that changes the flavors. I’m over halfway too.
Terry1: Band came off easily. Smoking slower brought out more of the sweetness. Tasting good now.
IamDarren: I find myself doing a lot more research and cigar shopping since i have the laptop in front of me so i end up smoking slower. I haven’t had a cigar heat up on me and turn bitter in a long time so maybe its a good thing
IamDarren: the wrapper has begun to split worse as it burns through it and i do notice another wrapper but its not fully covering the binder. So I’m wondering if they are just being stingy with the second wrapper.
Terry1: Feeling a little nic kick in the final third. Flavors are the same. Still burning well.
IamDarren: mine is heating up a bit and becoming more full bodied. However the sweetness is still dominating. Only about an inch left to smoke on my stick.
Terry1: About the same here. Getting hotter in the last inch.
IamDarren: think i may set mine down soon. Wrapper has split all the way to the foot and is falling apart. I’m not complaining because it was mostly my fault. Flavors have been good the whole way.
Terry1: Wrapper finally cracked near the head. It’s not affecting the draw but as I burn into it I’m thinking I’ll have to set mine down too. Give another couple of minutes to get there.
Terry1: Just as I feared, the wrapper cracked into the burn line and unraveled. I’m done. Ready to rate.
IamDarren: i just got moved back inside so I’m ready
IamDarren: la Perla Habana is known for making a good budget cigar and this one is no different. Really liked it eventhough it wasn’t very complex.
Terry1: Good cigar. I’m not sure I’d spend $6 for it but it’s easily purchased for less on the bid site. Minor construction issues with the light smoke production in the first third and the cracked wrapper. Didn’t get much stronger than medium. I’d recommend it if you are an AJ fan.
IamDarren: completely agree. I will get more if they stay cheap on the bid site. A great cigar if the construction holds up.