Saint Luis Rey Regios

Although classified as a Robusto the Saint Luis Rey Regios is a 48 ring gauge cigar and 5 inches long… I guess that is close enough but a part of me thinks that a true Robusto should be a 50 ring gauge.. Oh well, close enough..  The one in the picture above came from a box of 50 cigars from ’08, I’m now into my final third and I gotta say that this is a beautiful smoke.

Slightly spicy, a bit of citrus and a long cedar finish but I’ve been noticing lately that the longer they sit in your humidor, the more woods appear ( cedar in this case).  For some reason I haven’t smoked as many of these Robustos as others from Cuba and now I’m very curious as to how this cigar would taste if it was a bit younger.  I’m a fan of young cigars, old cigars….well, maybe all cigars from Cuba because all Cuban cigars have so much to offer the novice and aficionado as well.

This Robusto is really coming along nicely, I have about 2 inches left and I’m again reminded how great cigars taste as they burn down to the nub, but I’m a tobacco junkie and that has to be taken into consideration.  There is a bit more of a rounder approach to the notes as this guy burns down and I’ve been noticing a wonderful toasty tobacco taste with almost a gingerbread slant on things…  It is difficult describing all of a cigar’s flavors because flavors are so subjective and my gingerbread might very well be your cinnamon or nutmeg….

I guess the best thing to do is to try one for yourself and if you can put your finger on something that is jumping out at you then leave a comment…

San Luis Rey Lonsdale

This Lonsdale I’m now smoking from Saint Luis Rey was given to me this afternoon and I felt that I should take a picture before lighting up.  I believe that this cigar is no longer being produced and so my guess is that it was probably rolled close to the year 2000.  Although a bit tight on the draw, I’m still getting a good amount of smoke and enjoying this cigar immensely.

Liquorice and citrus were what I got after about 1/2 an inch burned down and pretty much stayed that way until the final third when the cigar became a bit woodier and stronger.  I’m not saying that this is an unusually complex cigar but there are notes of leather and dark chocolate creeping in from time to time but in a very subtle way.  Once again I have to say that cigars with ring gauges smaller than 46 or so really have to be watched and smoked slowly as they tend to get a bit harsh if hurried.

All in all I believe that Lonsdales can be a very elegant experience, maybe because of their size… Maybe because of the care taken when rolling or maybe it’s just me thinking that this was one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite cigar.. Thats good enough reason for me any old day!

The Existence Of Plume, Or Bloom, On Your Cigars

A little over a year ago my nephew brought back a few boxes of cigars for me on his trip to Havana.  One was a box of Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure # 2‘s and the other was Partagas Serie D No 4, two of my favorite Robustos.  These cigars looked and tasted great but they tasted a bit young so I’ve been letting them rest in my humidor and mellow in flavor for a while.  A few days back I saw a bit of grayish, slightly bluish, dust on one of the D 4’s and it really did look like a pretty sight.

Plume or Bloom is a fine dust-like powder that is actually crystallized oils from the wrapper leaf that can form if you have cigars that are aging in optimum conditions.  A steady humidity level and constant temperature is key to seeing plume on your cigars but never assume that you’ll see it  right away.. This takes time, sometimes years… Plume is often mistaken for only mould that can creep into the picture if your humidity stays over 75 or higher for a length of time and then you are in trouble.  Sanitizing your humidor with alcohol will be your next move because mould will ruin your cigars..

One easy test to see if your plume ( Bloom ) is mould.  Rub off a bit of the powder, if a stain appears then you have mould.  If the dust easily rubs off and no stain remains then you are in Plume Country and it IS a happy day.  See the picture above to take a look at this fine dust when magnified and notice how it looks like little lamp posts.