La Zona Habano – Cigar Review

This week’s group cigar review is of the La Zona Habano cigar.  This is a cigar by the Espinosa family and is made up of Nicaraguan tobacco.  We found the wrapper to have a sweet tobacco smell, but the wrapper leaf itself is thin and brittle.  The draw is good after cutting.  Once lit up, we found the La Zona to be earthy and toasty with a light sweetness and spice.  This is a very mild cigar.  The flavor remained mostly the same throughout the smoke.  In the final third, an unpleasant bitterness made its way into the flavor profile.  On two of the 3 cigars the thin wrapper held on, but it completely unraveled from the third cigar.  Overall, this is a decent mild cigar.  Some good flavor for the first two thirds, and an excellent price.  We don’t recommend buying a box (the box size is 80 cigars!) without trying one first.

StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 8/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 43/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 8/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 43/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Construction: 6/10
Wrapper: 3/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 38/50


7:40 PM
Terry1: The La Zona has a nice sweet barnyard smell to the Habano wrapper. The draw is a bit loose and I pick up a basic sweet tobacco flavor. Ready to light up when you are.
7:40 PM
IamDarren: watch the wrapper, super thin. Mine cracked almost to the band when i clipped it
7:41 PM
StraightUpCigars: This one has a sweet tobacco smell to it. Love the looks of the wrapper, but mine has a couple of flakes coming off. Perfect draw after cutting. All ready!
7:41 PM
IamDarren: yep, lighting up now
7:42 PM
IamDarren: super easy draw, lit up easily
7:44 PM
IamDarren: earthy, roasted nuts, quite a bit of pepper on the finish
7:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine is producing a ton of smoke. Earthy and toasty with some pepper.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: there must be a crease in the binder underneath my wrapper crack because im getting a lot of excess air when i draw.
7:46 PM
Terry1: I like how this one is starting. Lots of smoke and flavors. Getting sweetness, cedar, toast and some pepper in the sinus.
7:46 PM
IamDarren: i agree, flavor is nice. Mine has picked up some sweetness as well.
7:47 PM
IamDarren: pepper is also mellowing
7:47 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yep. This thing is really mild right now, good pleasant flavors though.
7:48 PM
IamDarren: white, chalky looking ash. Burn is near perfect.
7:49 PM
IamDarren: probably 3/4 of an inch in, seems to be burning a bit fast. Getting a hint of coffee now.
7:52 PM
IamDarren: also introducing some type of spice
7:53 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah mine is getting a cinnamon-like spice.
7:54 PM
Terry1: Mine is burning straight. I agree, I’ve been noticing some heat too. I keep thinking it’s the pepper building but it is more like a cinnamon heat.
7:55 PM
StraightUpCigars: I offered $30 for a wheel of 30 LEC Fubars. It’s under review. Thanks for letting me know! You said you bought some, Darren?
7:56 PM
IamDarren: I haven’t yet. I was going to until I won some regular LEC torps and some Puro Authentico Maddys.
7:56 PM
Terry1: This cigar is around $3-$4 depending on the size. I’ll bet it’s a little underfilled to keep the price down. That would explain the loose draw and faster smoking time. Not that it matters. I’m liking this cigar a lot.
7:57 PM
IamDarren: yeah i like the flavor. I do think it is highly combustable. I tried to let it rest and it just kept going. Might be a great winter cigar.
7:59 PM
StraightUpCigars: I am liking it too. Mine has a really rich earthy flavor at the moment, but I’d still call it mild bodied.
8:00 PM
Terry1: Did you notice the size of the box? It’s a crate of 80. Interesting marketing decision when the trend seems to be offering cigars in smaller box sizes.
8:00 PM
IamDarren: the sweetness and spice seem to pair well. Some little complexities come into play and keep me interested.
8:01 PM
IamDarren: 80! wtf. Guess they are hoping people like them alot
8:01 PM
IamDarren: I suppose its cheaper to package them that way and the online retailers can split them up.
8:02 PM
StraightUpCigars: Who on earth is going to buy 80 of any cigar, even their favorite? That’s goofy.
8:02 PM
Terry1: Our box worthy rating will mean a lot tonight!
8:02 PM
StraightUpCigars: No kidding
8:04 PM
IamDarren: it should come with its own humi
8:06 PM
IamDarren: im getting close to the band, how about you guys?
8:07 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think I’m only at the halfway mark!
8:07 PM
Terry1: I’m still an inch away. That crack you have must be making the cigar burn faster.
8:08 PM
IamDarren: guess so, i think mine would burn the same even if i didn’t take a draw…
8:10 PM
Terry1: Okay I took the band off. Came off cleanly.
8:10 PM
IamDarren: just removed the band, into the last third now
8:10 PM
StraightUpCigars: I just did a burn correction on mine. Even with it burning hot, I still love the flavor.
8:12 PM
IamDarren: mine doesn’t seem to be heating up, i think its just burning faster than normal. Flavor is still very nice.
8:12 PM
IamDarren: coffee flavor comes and goes, seems to mostly be a caramel sweetness with spice and a hint of pepper on the finish.
8:13 PM
Terry1: For a few minutes now mine has introduced a new flavor and I’m struggling to identify it. My best guess is a green tea flavor. Not grassy at all. I’m likin it. Blends well the sweetness and spice.
8:14 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think that’s what I’m tasting too. I’ve been calling it a toast flavor.
8:16 PM
Terry1: My cigar is starting to burn up one side. Looks like I’ll need to correct it.
8:18 PM
IamDarren: my crack is geting worse, i have a feeling im gonna be relying on the binder before long.
8:22 PM
Terry1: I have about a hlaf inch left and the sweetness seems to be fading now. Still liking the flavors but I can tell it’s heating up as I near the end. No real strength yet, maybe medium now.
8:23 PM
StraightUpCigars: This one is hit or miss with the construction. I only needed 1 burn correction and the thin wrapper held up. Mine is over-heating and getting a little bitter, but I don’t have much left anyways.
8:25 PM
IamDarren: yeah only a half inch left on mine and i just got a little bitterness. Wrapper is almost to fall off at this point.
8:26 PM
Terry1: Glad you were still able to smoke the cigar. Sounded like a major blow out when you started.
8:29 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s just about finished off. Last few puff weren’t great, but many cigars are like that.
8:29 PM
Terry1: I made it too the nub. I’m setting it down now. Great flavors through 90% of the cigar. The last little bit got to hot with the looser draw and killed some of the nice flavors I was getting.
8:30 PM
IamDarren: just glad that 2/3 held together ok. Flavor was pretty good. If you could get them cheap I would smoke them again.
8:32 PM
Terry1: Yeah the box purchase would be tough to recommend but fivers, you bet! I plan on picking up some more.
8:33 PM
IamDarren: can’t say that i would go for a… crate, but yeah i would try more of them for sure.
8:36 PM
StraightUpCigars: This is a really good mild bodied smoke with a lot of flavor. Some construction issues held it back a bit, but it’s worth a try.
8:36 PM
StraightUpCigars: Thanks for the good smoke Terry!
8:36 PM
IamDarren: you guys had less trouble than me so i would look forward to trying it again
8:37 PM
IamDarren: it was a good one for sure, glad i could try it
8:37 PM
Terry1: I agree. Good flavors. Different from the maduros we usually smoke.
8:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, this was a great change of pace, we do tend to gravitate towards the fuller bodied smokes.


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