La Flor de Cano Selectos

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At 5.9 inches long and a ring gauge of 41, today’s cigar that deserves some attention is the Selectos from La Flor de Cano.  I believe that finding affordable cigars from Cuba is a lot of fun and there are truly a lot of hidden gems out there that can cost you $10 or under which sounds like fun to me.  The pre-light draw from this Cristales, I have to admit, doesn’t reveal a lot other than a bit of draw resistance, not too bad, a bit of cedar and a faint note of black pepper that has my curiosity at attention.

First puff tells me that this will be a bit on the mild side but, hey, this is the morning and with my coffee, I think I should have an interesting experiment ahead of me.  I’m a fan of the Cuban cigars from Jose L. Piedra when I want an everyday cigar and although this is reminding me of their line, I believe that this cigar tastes a bit richer with a more pronounced woody taste.  Creaminess is also coming to the front, which adds to the relaxing nature of a good cigar.  I’ve always maintained that allowing a cigar’s flame to cool down a bit between puffs releases the best flavors, so as I went to the kitchen, just now,  to refresh my coffee I let this cigar sit idly for over 2 minutes which then rewarded me with a bit of spice in the next puff which I wasn’t expecting at all.  Good things DO come to those who wait.

La Flor de Cano is a brand that had it’s early beginnings in the late 1932 when Juan Cano Sainz hired a cigar maker to roll cigars on his kitchen table.  Sales started to build and so did the size of his company when a second roller was hired.  By using high quality tobacco the company continued to grow and gain popularity until bigger and bigger warehouse and factory space was needed.  After moving a number of times, Juan finally built his own factory, hired 300 workers and started producing over 5 thousand cigars daily which were exported out of Cuba to many countries.  By 1942, La Flor de Cano, H. Upmann and Partagas were the top selling cigars in Spain.  During world war II, the cigar business in Cuba really started to take off when the US military started to buy Cuban cigars for around $70 per thousand.  Smaller companies like LFDC were only offered $50 so Juan had no interest in the proposition until a persistent British military representative finally agreed on $90 per thousand.  Money was pouring in which makes me appreciate stories like this with such humble beginnings.

The second third of this cigar is starting to build in strength, which is always welcome, and I’m noticing that now a  bit of a citrus flavor is coming into the flavor profile but still quite subtle.  Another 2 minutes of rest and chocolate with a bit of leather also appears……  a very even burn and under $10?????   I’m loving it..  I have to run and will not be able to tell you how this story ends today but if you can get your hands on a few of these cigars from La Flor de Cano, DO NOT HESITATE!!!!

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