To say that I was shocked about the flavor of this smallish cigar would be an understatement, but this short filler Panetelas from Por Larranaga has been, and is continuing to be, a beautiful cigar experience. Smaller than a Mareva, this Veguereto ( factory name ), measures in at 5 inches long and with a ring gauge of 37. I’m usually one who goes to the humidor and reaches for a larger ring gauge cigar, simply for the complexity, but I’m finding this cigar to be a lot more complex than I had anticipated.
First third revealed leather and cedar notes but there was something nutty about the flavor profile. Second third, which I am almost finished as I type this, brought in full on hazel nut mixed with pure honey. WOW !! I love surprises like this. I believe that this cigar was completely hand rolled in Feb of 2010 and can’t help but wonder what a few more years of age will do to the performance of this beauty. I thought that the fact that this is a short filler would give me a very flaky ash but it is holding firmly for over an inch long. The draw DOES offer a bit of resistance but I’m getting clouds of sweet creamy smoke and any unevenness in the burn, when left alone, seems to auto-correct and carry on quite evenly.
Another thing that I like about this little winner is the price. $7.42 CDN is a steal for something that offers almost an hour of prime smoking but I AM a slow smoker, I love a cool flame. The longer I wait between puffs, the creamier and sweeter this cigar gets.
I believe that I have just found my new favorite small ring gauge cigar. Perfect medium body cigar to have in the morning with coffee, not overpowering or too bold to smoke so early in the day.
Order a box, they are difficult to obtain but if you are lucky enough to buy some of these you’ll be taken on a journey that will blow you away!!!!!