Last week Darren, Terry, and I reviewed this cigar using a new format. Darren Sent these cigars to Terry and I without a band on them, we had no idea what they were. As we reviewed we tried to guess what the cigars was. It was a fun and fair way to do a review. The SLR G was a pleasant mild/medium cigar that was nothing like we expected based on the other “review” descriptions. It tasted like the double maduro that it is, lots of sweet creamy and cedary flavor. Darren and I had cigars with good construction and we liked what we were smoking. Terry’s cigar, on the other hand, was a total loss with very sever construction problems. Terry refrained from rating the cigar due to the fact that his was a dud. Below you will find our ratings and our chat from the review session. Enjoy!
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Terry1: This is one dark cigar! Getting a slight barnyard smell off the wrapper. Tasting tobacco, maybe a little prune off the cold draw. Draw is a little tighter than I like. Hopefully it behaves.
IamDarren: its a little chilly out tonight but at least the wind died down.
Matt: I’m back and ready to go.
IamDarren: got mine clipped. draw is good.
Matt: Sweet and pungent tobacco smell on the wrapper. Draw is a hair tight after cutting. Let’s light up!
Terry1: This is a pretty thick cigar. What’s the ring gauge?
IamDarren: 5×56 i believe
IamDarren: getting a nice rich maduro flavor up front
Matt: Lots of maduro, delicious. Sweet chocolatey and creamy tobacco flavor.
IamDarren: yeah, not too strong but very rich and decadent.
Terry1: I’m getting very little smoke. There’s a nice cherry but my cigar is acting like it doesn’t want to burn.
IamDarren: dang, i hope it opens up. You don’t need another dud.
Matt: After lighting, my draw is fine. It still has benefitted from some light chewing and prodding, though.
IamDarren: mine is producing plenty of smoke, and the burn is starting off well.
Matt: My burn is good too. Love the ghost white ash.
IamDarren: i’m starting to pick up a slight cedar mixed with something fruity, like raisen.
Terry1: Draw seems fine. I don’t see any other holes that would interfer. It’s just not putting out much smoke. I have to puff three to four times just to get a little taste of the maduro flavors.
IamDarren: well if the draw is good maybe as it burns it will improve… hopefully
IamDarren: i love retrohaling this stick. Very flavorful without the pepper bite that most sticks have.
Matt: Mine is quite mild bodied at this point, but still with plenty of good flavor.
Terry1: I can pick up some sweetness and a little of the cedar. No spice or pepper. Very smooth.
IamDarren: yeah, not what you would think of when you are told its a double maduro!
Matt: I think the ring gauge is going to be a good hint for this one. I don’t think it is a Hoyo, and it does not have the strength that a punch would have, so I am ruling those out.
IamDarren: all good assumptions Matt
IamDarren: i have a feeling this one won’t be too hard to get but feel free to ask for hints.
Terry1: I’ve got a serious construction problem. Just tapped the ash to see inside the cigar and there’s a large void. It’s got to be the reason it’s not smoking right. Hopefully I can smoke past it and get a better idea of what this cigar tastes like.
IamDarren: sorry Terry, looks like we may have to deduct some point on construction.
Matt: I like this cigar a lot. That sucks you are having issues Terry, I think this cigar is right up your alley.
IamDarren: Thats one of the reasons I chose it. I think its my favorite mild maduro on the market.
IamDarren: still lots of flavor in mine. Picking up a little spice note on the finish but still nice and rich maduro flavors.
Matt: I can’t hold it in, I think this is a Rocky Patel Double Maduro. I think that b/c of the construction issues, lots of good deals on these on the monster that Darren would bite on, and you wanting to slip a Rocky past Terry.
IamDarren: nice guess, but thats not it…
Matt: Damn. I thought I had it. Don’t you dislike Rockys Terry?
IamDarren: You were more on the right track guessing brands like Punch.
Terry1: Some but not all. Love the Decade and Vintage 1999.
IamDarren: through the first third and the ash just dropped.
Matt: I am starting the second third and am surprised this is still a mild bodied cigar. It has buttery smoke that tastes like sweet cedar, toast, and some caramel. Not a long lasting finish on this one, that makes me want to keep puffing away.
IamDarren: yeah, and I think this one burns a little quick anyway.
Matt: Any improvement Terry?
Terry1: I tried flat pressing the cigar. Helped a little. I still can’t get much flavor. If it wasn’t for your encouraging words I’d pitch it. I’ll keep going hoping I’ll get what you two are getting.
IamDarren: dang it, if i could i would switch you out. This is my third cigar and mine have all been good. I will have to get more and send you some.
IamDarren: defenitley picking up more spice, especially in the retrohale. Mixes very well with the other flavors.
Matt: That’s the spirit. Are ALL the Sancho Panzas box-pressed? Why don’t any of the websites make this clear? If not, I think this is the Sancho Double Lancero. The price is right on those too, 5 packs for $13? Wow.
Terry1: No clue what this is yet. It’s surprisingly mild. What’s the country of origin?
IamDarren: this brand originated in Cuba and has since moved to Honduras. However, according to my info this cigar is rolled in the Dominican Rep.
IamDarren: I figured with all the new sticks we were reviewing I would bring back a “classic” so to speak.
IamDarren: my burn is getting a little lop sided, i think i will go ahead and correct it.
Matt: My burn is still good and the flavors consistent. What it lacks in complexity it more than makes up for with pleasant consistent smoke.
IamDarren: the spice not in mine has begun to mix with the sweetness to create what can only be described as mint. I like it!
IamDarren: the spice “note”
IamDarren: however its only a very minor flavor, still dominated by the creamy maduro flavors up front.
Matt: What would you say this brand is most known for? Do they have multiple lines?
Terry1: Is it a Montecristo?
Matt: That’s a good guess. Do they make a double maduro?
Terry1: Just a shot in the dark. I can’t find a double maduro or the right ring guage.
IamDarren: nice guess, but no. As far as I know they only have 2 or 3 blends.
IamDarren: believe it or not this stick goes for about 5 bucks retail.
Matt: Ahhh, St. Luis Rey G
IamDarren: and we have a Winner!
IamDarren: I have been wanting to try the Reserva Especial line.
Matt: Terry led me there. I had to review the Altadis site after the monte guess.
Matt: It’s funny they have this cigar as medium/full.
Terry1: This is a SLR G? No way! These are supposed to be quite strong. I’m surprised.
IamDarren: I have found time and time again that the more traditional brands tend to be a lot more mild than described.
Terry1: It’s funny I almost bought a five pack of these this weekend but thought they might be too much for me. I’ll have to look at them again.
IamDarren: i hope so because i think you would really like them.
IamDarren: has yours improved yet?
Terry1: Not really, it’s falling apart from my fiddling with it. I do get a blast of flavor once in a while so I am interested in trying it again. Must be a bum stick. It happens.
Matt: My burn has gotten off line, but I am into the final third, so a correction is not a big deal. Other than that I have not had any major problems.
IamDarren: same here, minor burn correction only.
Matt: Some really delicious flavors coming out in the final third, coffee, butter, and something tangy.
IamDarren: good description, i was just going to say that mine is getting a little stronger going into the last third. Getting that coffee flavor now.
IamDarren: two connecticut broadleafs concealing Nicaraguan filler. Hard to go wrong there.
Matt: Off topic, but I bought this aged Altadis cigar sampled from JR a couple of years ago. Included a 1987 Henry Clay, other 80’s and 90’s cigars. I can’t get myself to smoke ANY of them, they are too pretty.
Matt: How could you smoke an 89 Montecristo? I would just feel guilty.
Matt: I should send some out to you guys next shipment, we will have a “smoke an old ass cigar” night.
IamDarren: that would be fun! Never got to smoke a well aged cigar.
Terry1: I was trying to snag a Tatuaje Wolfman but had the same thought. How could I smoke something I’ll never see again?
IamDarren: I almost got some Camacho Pre Embargos once…
Matt: The only way to do it is through peer pressure.
Matt: Everyone says something different about those Pre-Embargos. Makes me want to try one.
IamDarren: i really need a smoking room, my fingers are turning into ice sickles.
Terry1: I hear you and feel your pain. I’m at least in a shed with a heater.
Matt: Jeez guys, I might as well be in paradise then from the sounds of it.
IamDarren: if only the wife reached out to the shed
Matt: That’s funny stuff there.
Terry1: Now there’s a Freudian slip!
Terry1: I’m not going to rate this one. My experience was way different than yours. One bad stick shouldn’t taint the whole box. I will try this one again sometime and leave a comment.
IamDarren: sounds like a plan… or at least an excuse for you to buy more
Terry1: I’m looking at buying a box of the Santos de Miami soon, I’ll throw in a fiver of these and give them a second chance.
Matt: Lost some points for veiny wrapper, price, and lack of complexity. Still, the score does not really do it justice if it was available for $3 a piece
IamDarren: Totally agree, I had to give it props for price point.
Matt: For an altadis cigar, it is practically free.
IamDarren: lol, check out the price on the main SLR line!
Matt: I liked it. Not overpowering, pleasant smoke. Great morning/afternoon coffee break smoke. Good stick.
IamDarren: for that price you could almost take a chance on a box