San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol – Cigar Review

Terry, Darren, and I decided to do a group review of the San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol torpedo the other night.  For those that do not know, for our group reviews we meet in the chat room and smoke the same cigar while talking about it. This particular cigar is made by Don Pepin.  It is really a looker and smokes good too.  We found the first half of the cigar to be flavorful and complex, but the second half was a real let down.  All in all, the construction was good and the first half was so exceptional that it still scored well.  I would recommend this cigar for anyone to try, I think it is still worth the $6 despite the boring final third.  If you would like to read our full review, check it out below!
Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 43/50
IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 8/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 42/50
Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 8/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 42/50

7:32 PM
Matt: This cigar really looks like a treat! Smells a little like dark chocalte, very earthy.

7:34 PM
IamDarren: mmmmm, oh yeah. very sweet aroma!

7:34 PM
Matt: Hopefully this one will change your opinion of Torps, Terry.

7:34 PM
IamDarren: cut off about 1/4 inch and the draw is great.

7:34 PM
Matt: I can see a little glue sticking out from the band, attached to the wrapper… argh.

7:35 PM
Terry1: Mine has a major veins otherwise it’s a good looking cigar. Has a strong barnyard smell to it. Footband came off with no trouble.

7:36 PM
IamDarren: only 1 vein in mine, construction looks good. Nice even pack and great draw.

7:37 PM
Terry1: Clipped the head and you’re right it has a nice easy draw. Getting some cocoa notes on the cold draw. Lighting up.

7:37 PM
Matt: Draw is good on mine after cutting, maybe a little on the loose side. That’s ok with me, though. It will help me keep up with Darren’s smoking pace.

7:38 PM
IamDarren: haha, we will see. Last week you were almost a 1/3 ahead of me.

7:38 PM
IamDarren: lighting up.

7:39 PM
Matt: It’s amazing that this cigar has a perfect draw considering how tightly packed it is.

7:39 PM
IamDarren: very smooth and mild, not what i expected. Very creamy.

7:42 PM
Terry1: Lots of creamy smoke. Beginning notes are wood, earth, some sweetness. Very nice start.

7:42 PM
Matt: I am getting dry, toasty smoke with a woody and creamy flavor, nice spicy pepper finish. Screams DPG to me.

7:42 PM
IamDarren: starting to get just a little pepper at the end now, but still overshadowed by the creaminess. Almost getting a caramel flavor coming out now.

7:43 PM
IamDarren: very aromatic in the sinuses

7:45 PM
Terry1: A light pepper is building. That sweetness could be caramel or honey. I get a touch of leather in the aroma. Very complex start.

7:45 PM
IamDarren: hmmm, now i’m getting a cedar note up front. Seems pretty complex.

7:46 PM
Matt: Yeah, don’t know what you are going to get puff to puff. Good cigar so far.

7:46 PM
IamDarren: burn looks great. straight burn line and no flowering.

7:49 PM
Terry1: Love the band. Interesting and colorful. I appreciate when manufacturers make an effort with the artwork and packaging.

7:50 PM
IamDarren: yeah, makes me want to go on a tropical vacation!

7:51 PM
IamDarren: about a half inch in and my cigar is really changing flavors. Getting a strong cedar note up front that is now fading into a very floral type of flavor.
7:51 PM
Matt: Agreed. I did not know he makes these with Ashton.

7:53 PM
Terry1: I’m getting the cedar and the sweetness. Not detecting a floral note yet. Burn is near perfect.

7:54 PM
Matt: Have either of you guys had the original San Cristobal? A guy at work raves about thm.

7:54 PM
IamDarren: If its as good as this one is turning out to be I will have to try it.

7:55 PM
Terry1: I get a roasted nut note in the aroma every now and then. I’m liking this cigar. This is the first San Cristobal I’ve tried and I’ve heard the original is really good.

7:57 PM
IamDarren: yeah, the floral note came and went. The creaminess is back again. Maybe I burned through a vein or something.

7:58 PM
Matt: I am heading into the second third and get sweet cedar and earthy flavor, still with some pepper and spice, but the pepper and spice seem to be fading. Other flavors are coming and going. Burn is close to even. Hard to sit this one down in between puffs!

7:59 PM
IamDarren: 1st to the second third I see….

8:00 PM
Matt: Like I said, hard to set down

8:00 PM
IamDarren: I am just going into the second third and the ash just fell off in the tray.

8:01 PM
Terry1: Just tapped off an inch long ash. It probably would’ve held longer. Lots of creamy smoke. The flavors have mellowed some. Still get the sweet cedar and a light pepper. Still mild in strength.

8:01 PM
IamDarren: I really like this cigar and I would only call it medium bodied. Terry, you are probably thinkin about picking up more of these.

8:02 PM
IamDarren: especially since the price is no longer an issue

8:02 PM
Terry1: Lucky for me, I bought a five pack. I still have two left to enjoy.

8:10 PM
Terry1: You guys tried to get the band off yet. Mine’s like welded on. I’m having trouble getting it off without damaging the cigar.

8:10 PM
IamDarren: just got mine off, it wasn’t too bad.

8:11 PM
Matt: Yeah, when mine came off it was coated in glue. Serious bummer for such a great cigar.

8:11 PM
IamDarren: burn line is getting lopsided though.

8:11 PM
Terry1: It came off finally. Took a piece of the wrapper with it.

8:12 PM
IamDarren: So many transitions in this stick. I just got a pepper blast out of nowhere.

8:13 PM
IamDarren: must have been from the wrapper, now it seems to be correcting itself.

8:15 PM
Matt: Mine has really mellowed out. No pepper, but still some spice on the finish.

8:16 PM
Terry1: Still a complex cigar but mine has mellowed some too. Getting a toastiness with the cedar and spice. On the finish I’m starting to get a bitterness I don’t care for.

8:17 PM
IamDarren: after my wrapper got straightened out the flavors returned to what you describe. Mostly cedar, but a little dryer now with a lot less sweetness.

8:18 PM
Matt: I get a bit of that bitterness too. I don’t mind it at this point.

8:18 PM
IamDarren: i think the strength is picking up. I am starting to feel this one.

8:19 PM
Terry1: I’m starting the final third and I’m surprised the strength hasn’t increased. It’s still a very manageable medium.

8:20 PM
IamDarren: i suppose it could be that i have not eaten supper yet. The wife was shopping today and got home after we started smoking.

8:20 PM
Terry1: You’re feeling it and I’m not? That’s a new one.

8:21 PM
Matt: I can feel it a bit, but it is too strong. Especially when compared to some of the others we have smoked.

8:22 PM
IamDarren: I almost won us some Cores. The bid was at 61 with only an hour to go and someone bit it up over 73.

8:24 PM
Terry1: Wy wrapper is starting to split and lift where the glob of glue was.

8:25 PM
IamDarren: That sucks

8:25 PM
IamDarren: just cause someone in the factory went glue crazy.

8:25 PM
Matt: Yeah, big bummer. I guess too much glue on the band falls under the construction category? What a shame b/c the construcion was otherwise good.

8:26 PM
IamDarren: interesting, the finish on mine is leaving a very salty taste in my mouth.

8:27 PM
IamDarren: don’t know if i like it or not

8:27 PM
Matt: You hit it on the head, I am tasting that as well. Is that supposed to remind us of a beach in paradise?

8:28 PM
IamDarren: lol, ok then i like it.

8:28 PM
Terry1: Maybe it’s suppose to simulate the salt on a margarita rim.

8:29 PM
Matt: Mine may just be burning too hot. The cherry should not be this bright of orange. I don’t think I am smoking faster than usual either. Been doing more typing than normal tonight.

8:29 PM
Matt: Nice! I want a marg now… Is suz still online?

8:30 PM
Terry1: Mine is still burning cool. I’m feeling the strength now! Good thing we’re almost done.

8:30 PM
IamDarren: I just crossed into the last third. Looks like you are both smoking faster than me.

8:31 PM
Matt: I’m not deep in the final third either, still have a bit to go.

8:31 PM
IamDarren: I am reminded of that Corona commercial. Sitting in the basement smoking a San Cristobal, the poof. I’m sitting on a beach drinking a Margarita.

8:32 PM
Terry1: That’s because you two have the luxury of smoking inside tonight and I’m outside in the cold.

8:33 PM
IamDarren: Actually I am reminded that i really need a smoking room! I miss smoking inside…

8:34 PM
Matt: It really makes a big difference. I moved a couch into my smoking room instead of the lonely kitchen chair

8:35 PM
Terry1: Herf at Matt’s house next week! Woohoo!

8:35 PM
Matt: I noticed that it retains the smell more now, I can still smell it a bit when I walk into the room a couple days later. No smell outside of it, though.

8:35 PM
IamDarren: Funny story. The wife was using this as a rec room for awhile. She put up posters of some hot chicks to get her motivated. So right now I am staring at a 10 year old poster of Kim Kardashian…. hubba hubba.

8:35 PM
Matt: Come on down! You guys are welcome anytime.

8:37 PM
Matt: That is funny, I use pics of hot chicks to get “motivated” as well.

8:37 PM
IamDarren: they make something called viagra for that…

8:38 PM
Matt: Ohhh, it’s cheaper my way  That’s how I afford cigars.

8:38 PM
IamDarren: LOL, touche

8:39 PM
Matt: Final third is very earthy with some dark coffee, finish is barely spicy and somewhat bitter. It is my least favorite third so far.

8:40 PM
IamDarren: Just starting picking up the coffee, not getting much bitterness yet.

8:43 PM
Terry1: I just set my cigar down. Lots of smoke and flavors. Bitterness faded away when the slight saltiness started. Small issue with the glue was the only problem. Strength I’d say ended medium-full. Burn behaved except around the glue area. Definately a cigar I could recommend!

8:44 PM
Matt: I liked it too. Lackluster finish IMO

8:44 PM
Matt: I would love to have another, and they are priced fairly.

8:45 PM
IamDarren: same here, i never got the bitterness. Loved the first half.

8:46 PM
Terry1: I paid about $6 a cigar. I feel like it was worth it.

8:46 PM
IamDarren: nice buy Terry, I would defenitely pay that to have a few on hand.

8:47 PM
Terry1: I’m interested in trying the classic now. I’ll have to watch for a deal on them.

8:47 PM
Matt: Agreed. Good smoke. I am going to post ratings now. You guys are welcome to do the short write ups that we talked about a couple of weeks ago, otherwise I will continue as-is.

8:48 PM
IamDarren: I say lets do ratings, my tummy is growling. Gonna go get some supper.

8:51 PM
IamDarren: I vote next week we do my mystery cigar.

8:51 PM
Matt: I’m up for that. What’s the wrapper again?

8:52 PM
IamDarren: maduro

8:52 PM
Terry1: Sounds like a good idea. See you next week. I’m going in to thaw out.


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