Sol Cubano Special Dark – Cigar Review

This week’s group review is of the Sol Cubano Special Dark cigar.  It has a really nice oily wrapper and the draw is good too.  After lighting it up we were very pleased with the flavor.  We were getting sweet creamy flavor with a bold pepper and spice finish.  A whole lot of flavor from a value smoke.  Unfortunately, it did not take long for some underlying construction issue to rear their ugly head.  Two out of the three smokes we had experienced construction issues.  A poor burn and difficult draw made these smokes very difficult to enjoy.  With the low price and good flavor, the Special Dark is not a total loss, but there are better cheapies out there than this one.


StraightUpCigars – Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 6/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Total: 37/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Total: 40/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 5/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Total: 36/50

7:18 PM
IamDarren: the ligher wrapper is the natural. The one with the darker wrapper is called “Special Dark” and has an extra fermented maduro wrapper. Same blend though.

7:18 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Let’s do that special dark

7:19 PM
Terry1: Special dark works for me. I’ll grab it and head outside.

7:20 PM
IamDarren: ok, just to let you know I had to get different sizes so some may be churchills and others robustos.

7:22 PM
IamDarren: heading outside

7:23 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I got a big old churchill. Heading out, give me a couple of minutes.

7:24 PM
IamDarren: pretty sure i have a robusto

7:26 PM
IamDarren: pretty excited about the La Terrazas. I should get them this week.

7:28 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Looking forward to reading your review Terry. Thanks man!

7:28 PM
IamDarren: what was it?

7:28 PM
Terry1: I went outside my comfort zone and reviewed the Vudu.

7:29 PM
IamDarren: did it have some age on it. I think i sent you one a long time ago.

7:29 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Holy crap, sweet pic!

7:30 PM
IamDarren: just clipped my Sol Cubano, nice tight roll with a medium draw. It has a very interesting herbal note on the cold draw.

7:31 PM
Terry1: That used to hang off the rear view mirror in my Firebird when I was in high school. Took me awhile to find it again but I thought it would work well with the cigar.

7:32 PM
Terry1: The Sol Cubano smells great. I can smell the wrapper just sitting unlit in the ashtray.

7:32 PM
IamDarren: too much wind here to smell anything.

7:33 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine has a nice barnyard smell to it. Some large veins, but that can be expected in a churchill sized cigar. My draw is a little tight, I might have to bust out the xicar for a deeper cut.

7:34 PM
IamDarren: i used the Palio on mine, just took off about 1/16 of an inch. Worked great.

7:34 PM
Terry1: My cigar has a smooth draw and I get the herbal notes on the cold draw. Lighting up.

7:35 PM
IamDarren: bring on the flame.

7:36 PM
IamDarren: very tasty, lots of sweet spice coming through on the first couple puffs.

7:38 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Just lit her up. Draw is a hair tight but perfectly acceptable. Pretty good start. Lots of pepper and spice.

7:39 PM
IamDarren: well Matt, maybe we will all finish our cigars at the same time tonight since you have the churchill….

7:39 PM
Terry1: Great start. Lots of creamy smoke. Getting a nice sweetness, spice, some pepper. I like it!

7:41 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I doubt it! This is a huge cigar. If we do, I need to lay off the cigars for a while

7:42 PM
IamDarren: flavors seem a lot more balanced after a few months of aging. A nice mix of sweet spice, cream, and pepper on the finish.

7:43 PM
IamDarren: PDR is also making a new “Special Reserve” blend that they rolled entubar style. I have been reading some good reviews.

7:46 PM
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7:47 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Buttery texture to the smoke. Sweet and creamy with a very spicy finish. Good stuff!

7:48 PM
IamDarren: burn started off a little askew so i corrected it. It seems to be going well now.

7:50 PM
Terry1: I’m getting a nice caramel and spice. My burn is doing well. Solid white ash. I am noticing the flavors are mellowing.

7:51 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Those PDRs look like a real bargain Darren.
7:52 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My cigar has a very flaky ash that I had to prematurely knock off. Other than that no complaints about construction.

7:53 PM
IamDarren: same here, waiting for my first ash to fall off.

7:53 PM
IamDarren: defenitely some hidden strength to this one. Feeling it a little in my gut and the resting smoke is fairly potent.

7:56 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I would definitely consider this one full bodied at this point. I agree, has some strength too. Very bold flavors, but fairly straight forward at the same time.

7:57 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: http://straightupcigars.com/vudu-cigar-review/

8:00 PM
IamDarren: nice review Terry, I bet that skull/shrunken head got a lot of comments when you had it in your car.

8:01 PM
Terry1: Yeah it did. It was fun. If I ever get a Challenger I might hang it from the mirror again!

8:02 PM
IamDarren: i like the new Camaro’s, just personal preferance.

8:02 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That new Mustang Cobra looks pretty badass. 640 HP.

8:03 PM
IamDarren: Chevy is making a street legal racing corvette that i believe has almost 800 hp. It retails over 100k

8:03 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: 200 MPH. I don’t know if I would ever trust a mustang to take me to that speed, though

8:04 PM
IamDarren: crossing into the second third now, introducing a new flavor. Its a mix of nuts and mild coffee. Very interesting.

8:06 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I am getting some coffee too. Somebody mentioned resting smoke earlier, my cigar produces a LOT of it. Because of that, not sure this is one I would enjoy smoking indoors.

8:08 PM
Terry1: I’m getting the sweetness and coffee. Mine is burning about perfect. Strength is creeping up. So far I like this cigar.

8:08 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Let me elaborate. Exhaled smoke can be aimed up at the celing in a bar. Resting smoke cannot be aimed. Could irritate the people you are with.

8:10 PM
IamDarren: it would be nice to have that problem. I live in BFE and have to enjoy my cigars all by myself.

8:11 PM
Terry1: No indoor smoking here either. When I go to San Diego next month, one of my activities is to visit a local cigar shop and enjoy a cigar in a real lounge.

8:12 PM
IamDarren: little bit jealous.

8:12 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: It will only take you about 6 hours to get here at top speed in that Vette of yours. Come on out! You too Terry, buy that Challenger

8:12 PM
IamDarren: you already agreed to come here, i almost have this new pellet smoker perfected.

8:13 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That is true. We are deciding b/n CO and FL for vaca this summer. If it is CO you are getting a visit

8:13 PM
IamDarren: Awesome!

8:14 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: It’ll take about 6.5 in my Integra

8:14 PM
Terry1: I will be in Boulder in August. Getting closer to a visit.

8:15 PM
IamDarren: You and Matt should meet up and draft all the way here.

8:15 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Are you doing that festival? Susie and I are trying to work out when will be good to go on vaca. Unfortunately August is usually a bad time. We may still do it anyways.

8:16 PM
Terry1: Yeah I’m going to the festival. Already booked the hotel. Just waiting for tickets to go on sale.

8:19 PM
IamDarren: Matt, surely you could come up with some VIP or Media passes.

8:20 PM
Terry1: About halfway on the Sol Cubano. Not much new to report on this cigar. Still getting the same good flavors. Burn is perfect, solid ash. Strength is medium-full for me.

8:20 PM
IamDarren: Nearing the band and I am starting to get a little of that herbal note i detected on the cold draw. I am really like the complexity on this stick. And it has stayed fairly sweet and creamy all the way.

8:21 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I thought I could have. But they never replied last year or this year. Oh well.

8:23 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I’m getting closer to halfway. This is a big boy. Like Terry, not much new to report.

8:24 PM
IamDarren: Terry you never said what size you were smoking, do you have the Churchill?

8:24 PM
Terry1: I have the robusto for this one. Just took the band off. No problems.

8:26 PM
IamDarren: the retrohale really reveals the strength. Not many cigars can hide it as well as this stick. Its a little deceiving.

8:28 PM
Terry1: That’s what I thought about the Vudu. Easy to smoke until you retrohaled. Then you knew you were smoking a strong cigar.

8:30 PM
IamDarren: the main filler leaf in this cigar is ligero Crillo. I like the combination.

8:31 PM
IamDarren: sorry, criollo. i never spell that one right.

8:31 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Very bold flavor from the criollo, that’s for sure! I am having some issues with the wrapper and binder. They have split on me. I am going to try to burn through it.

8:32 PM
IamDarren: damn, mine just went out on me.

8:33 PM
IamDarren: maybe a litte too much ligero in this one, burn has been pretty bad.

8:34 PM
Terry1: At last I got the good cigar! Mine is performing perfectly.

8:34 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: It’s about time!  Mine will be getting a burn correction shortly.

8:39 PM
IamDarren: in the last third now, flavors have become more intense. Lots of pepper now and i am really starting to feel it.

8:45 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine is getting a little hard to puff on. Not much smoke coming through, but there is still resting smoke. It is just not burning well at all right now.

8:46 PM
Terry1: I agree, pepper is taking over at the end. I had to switch to a soda at halfway and I am still feeling the strength.

8:47 PM
IamDarren: my burn straightened out just before it went out. It has gotten really lopsided again. It seems to be heating up but i am also not getting much smoke. I may have to put it down soon.

8:50 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I got mine lit long enough to get some flavor  I am getting coffee and buttered toast with a pepper and spice finish. Real good flavor right now, jut not much else is going right for it.

8:52 PM
Terry1: I’m putting mine down because it’s getting to short to smoke. Mine burned great, lots of smoke. No issues for me. One out of three thou makes me cautious about buying a box.

8:52 PM
IamDarren: just put mine down. Flavors were turning bitter and the pepper was drying out my palate. It still lasted about an hour so i can’t complain.

8:54 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I am entering the final third, but don’t see it holding up too much longer. I think this cigar would be better in a 4.5×50 size. Basically half of mine

8:56 PM
IamDarren: yeah i have never liked the churchills as much and i would have gotten all robusots if i could have.

8:57 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Not bad overall, though. And the price is very affordable on these if I remember right. Some good tobacco in there, just questionable construction.

8:57 PM
IamDarren: yep, totally agree.

8:57 PM
IamDarren: retail on the robusto is 5 bucks.

8:58 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Good price. And they can usually be had for less. Good stuff. I am up for an early rating as my stick is about to die a terrible death.

8:59 PM
IamDarren: sounds good to me

8:59 PM
IamDarren: looks like I have a new AGT to watch.

8:59 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: AGT?

8:59 PM
IamDarren: Americas Got Talent. They have Howard Stern as a judge this year, he is pretty funny.

9:00 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Ah. Someone at work was telling me about a dude on there who gets hit in the nuts with a sledgehammer for a living. It reminded him of idiocracy.

9:01 PM
IamDarren: i could watch it all day, all kinds of talent. Some are kick ass and others are just funny as hell.

9:01 PM
Terry1: I’ve been watching that too. Stern is doing a great job.

9:04 PM
Terry1: I liked it. But with both of your construcion issues not sure I’d buy a box.

9:05 PM
IamDarren: agree, im glad i just got a few for review. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping the La Terrazas are better.

9:06 PM
StraightUpCigars – Matt: These were OK cigars. I would not feel comfortable recommending these to anyone though, hence the mediocre rating.


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