This week’s group cigar review is of the Saint Luis Rey Gen2. The SLR Gen 2 has a really nice looking wrapper and a spicy tobacco smell and taste prior to lighting. Once lit up, we began having construction issues ranging from draw problems to lopsided burns. The flavor was shockingly muted and nothing like the first gen. We tasted creamy and leathery flavors that really just wasn’t cutting it. We were very surprised that this cigar packs a serious nicotine kick despite the lackluster flavor, watch out! Overall, this is one that we really just can’t recommend based on the price and muted flavor profile. Pick up the first gen if you can.
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
Flavor and Taste: 12/20
Price Point: 6/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
StraightUpCigars: The SLR Gen2 has a very oily wrapper leaf and a peppery smell/taste prior to lighting. After cutting it the draw is overly airy/loose. Hopefully that tightens up during smoking.
IamDarren: Mine has great construction and a nice draw. Not much aroma from the wrapper. Cold draw has a bit of earth a spice.
StraightUpCigars: Lighting er up
Terry1: The draw on mine is a okay and I’m getting an earthy and generic tobacco note. Ready to light
IamDarren: lighting up
IamDarren: I think I may need an updated review list. Any of the sticks I sent out I didn’t include, just the ones that I got. Im sure I missed out on a few reviews.
Terry1: Starts off with light bodied airy smoke. Getting a mild sweetness and some pepper in the sinus. Finish is short. Hopefully more will develop as the cigar heats up.
StraightUpCigars: I’m getting a thick and buttery smoke with leather and cedar. Some pepper and spice.
IamDarren: mine starts with a mix of caramel and spice, maybe a hint of cedar. Mild to medium bodied. Starting to get a little pepper on the finish.
IamDarren: yep, pepper is building in strength
IamDarren: don’t know about you guys, but im not getting much smoke production unless I smoke fast or double draw.
StraightUpCigars: I’m the opposite, my draw is so open that I have massive clouds of smoke. Wish I would have used a punch.
StraightUpCigars: Although my draw is slowly improving.
IamDarren: think I had a plug. was rolling it in my fingers and found a hard spot. Got it opened up but cracked the wrapper in the process.
StraightUpCigars: Flavors are a bit muted right now, definitely less flavorful than the start.
IamDarren: mine is dominated by caramel and spice. Pepper is now gone. just dropped the ash
Terry1: List is on it’s way.
StraightUpCigars: alphabetical and everything…
Terry1: I’m having the same issue with the smoke production. I feel like I need to double or triple draw to get a good mouthful of smoke. Draw itself is good.
Terry1: I condensed my speadsheet.
StraightUpCigars: Thank you. I’ll make sure I have the same list later.
IamDarren: same here, we are getting enough sticks and they sit in the humi long enough that we are in dire need of a better organizing system. I guess that is a good problem to have
StraightUpCigars: True. Good news is that we have made a nice dent and don’t have a ton left in the current queue.
Terry1: That’s what I was noticing. Getting caught up a little.
IamDarren: flavor is decent on my stick when I can get enough smoke to taste it. Burn is getting lopsided. Cigar is swelling near the foot which makes me think this is young or not properly fermented tobacco. Knowing how much I like the SLR maduro I am definitely being disappointed by this one so far.
IamDarren: My cigars are going out ASAP. I just got my cigarbid order so I have another one to thow in.
Terry1: Pepper has really lightened up on mine. Smoke is creamy with some faint sweetness to it. Not much else in flavor. Burn is near perfect for me.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is getting better with each puff. I think the open draw is making for a higher temp burn, I’ve got a charred cedar flavor dominating – no sweetness.
Terry1: I’m starting the second third. Pepper is coming back now. There’s a nice balance of pepper and sweet. I’m getting some earth and cedar on the finish. Right now is the best this cigar has tasted for me.
StraightUpCigars: Same here, this is the best third, although I’m a bit ahead of you.
Terry1: I probably got behind putting that list together.
IamDarren: same here, into the second third. Had to make a burn correction and now it smoking better. A bit of creaminess mixed with leather now, not as much sweetness.
IamDarren: got another crack in the wrapper but binder is holding fine
StraightUpCigars: That’s good. I haven’t had any wrapper issues and the burn is even. Just have that loose draw.
Terry1: No construction issues on mine either. Flavors are getting lighter. About all I can taste is a mild sweetness. Unfortunately I’m losing interesting in the Gen2. I’m still having to double puff, maybe that’s affecting the flavors.
Terry1: Bands popped off cleanly. I’m starting to feel the nicotine. I’m surprised that a strong cigar has so little flavor.
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s getting a bit bitter in this final third, which isn’t a surprise considering how hot it’s burning. The resting smoke alone creates a cloud, even when I let it sit.
IamDarren: im going into the last third now, seems to be burning faster now that I am getting more smoke production. Flavors keep mellowing. Hoping it will kick it up a notch in the last third.
Terry1: I’m getting a touch of bitterness too.
StraightUpCigars: This one is a real shocker the other SLR was decent. Not sure what happened here.
IamDarren: smoke production has dropped off again… grrr
Terry1: Check this out. https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/see-an-epic-semi-jump-for-a-world-record-—-with-an-f1-car-underneath-133347469.html?.tsrc=attm
IamDarren: wow, looks like that truck may need some work after that!
StraightUpCigars: That’s insane.
Terry1: Yeah I don’t think they’re driving that home.
StraightUpCigars: Not sure which vehicle I
StraightUpCigars: d rather be in
IamDarren: considering it probably about threw the driver out of the cab in the semi…. I think I would take the car
Terry1: LOL Good point. Car would be better.
IamDarren: i would really like to build one of these… would be SOOOOOO fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uu5CgAC5Dg
[HUGE MUD TRUCKS TAKE FLIGHT!! – YouTube]
HUGE MUD TRUCKS TAKE FLIGHT!! – YouTube
StraightUpCigars: That’s crazy. I found this drone video of some huge mud rally… that’s a whole weird world I didn’t know existed
IamDarren: about an inch left and mine just went out. was getting bitter without much other flavor, deciding if i even want to relight….hmmmm
IamDarren: check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAubG28uODM
[1600 HP TWIN TURBO HYDROPLANING WORLD RECORD 1001 FEET! – YouTube]
1600 HP TWIN TURBO HYDROPLANING WORLD RECORD 1001 FEET! – YouTube
StraightUpCigars: Not trying to influence you, but mine is about done as well.
Terry1: Some sweetness has retuned on mine but I’m getting the hiccups from the strength. I could set mine down anytime.
Terry1: That little car looks like a lot of fun. I’d do that over the mud.
StraightUpCigars: I think I’ll go ahead and get it rated.
StraightUpCigars: Wide range of scores. A real shocker that this didn’t end up batter than the original. Was really looking forward to this cigar too.
Terry1: I didn’t have the construction issues that you two had but with the lack of flavors combined with the strength I’d have to pass on this stick.
IamDarren: same here, its hard to believe this is made by the same folks that make a cigar which i keep a box of in the humi…