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Original Cubans

The heavenly taste of a 1959 a Joe Six-Pack price!

Most know that despite the hype and reputation, the shine is gone from the Cuban cigar industry. Thanks to decades of communism and the exodus of cigar making talent, the best cigars being made today come from outside Cuba. But in their heyday, Cuban cigars were the pinnacle of the cigar maker’s art. Those that remember the legendary, authentic Cuban cigars know that they tasted sort of like vanilla ice cream soda. And about halfway through, you’d get a bit light-headed and realize that these babies were potent – but you’d notice it more in the belly than in the palate. “Original” Cubans bring back that incredible taste. Made in the Dominican Republic, these beauties offer a perfect draw and sweet, smooth power that pleases the palate, all while tricking the belly into thinking these are the real deal. Covered in a gorgeous Ecuadorian Sun-Grown (ESG) wrapper leaf, you will fall in love with these cigars!

"Original" Cubans - a time machine back to pre-Castro Havana.

Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Belicoso (6.0"x50)
BDL OF 20 In Stock $80.00 $39.99
Corona (6.5"x42)
BDL OF 20 In Stock $70.00 $34.99
Double Corona (Churchill) (7.0"x50)
BDL OF 20 In Stock $80.00 $39.99
Gigante (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
BDL OF 20 In Stock $90.00 $44.99
Robusto (5.0"x50)
BDL OF 20 In Stock $70.00 $34.99
Overall Rating 4.38 out of 5 Based on 45 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Original Cubans”

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5 out of 5
Awesome Smoke
This cigar is flavorful ...full of body..even burn and draws well.
5 out of 5
for the money, OK
Not very consistent. firm packed, then loose. Flavor did vary, and bits and pieces came apart while drawing in. very annoying. wpoldn't purchase them again.
5 out of 5
Very fast delivery
Very fast delivery
2 out of 5
their mild and flacky
tasty and burn wise you get what you pay for but these are much more mild then advertised and the cigar has a big problem of falling apart, the filler just want to fall out as you smoke and even with the most soft of kisses it was still falling out in all the cigars I smoked
4 out of 5
They may need a rest : )
The first three sticks of my bundle of Belicoso were horrible, so I took out my knife and sliced one open all the way down one side. The cigars were very damp at the very core all the way down. A few weeks in the humidor fixed them and they became the slightly sweet creamy tasting cigars that I remembered from previous bundles. I have smoked a bunch of these over the years and the Bellicoso has become my favorite size in this brand. These are good mellow knock around cigars that you can share with pals.
5 out of 5
Extreme Value
Waited on these sticks with some anticipation and I was not disappointed. While the flavor isn't extremely complex, it is incredibly RICH. Toasty, leathery, creamy, peppery and some good coffee undertones. I don't mind correcting minor construction flaws with the torch, which was the only minor drawback on the first stogie off the truck (most of it burned slow and even with awesome smoke production). I'm on the nub now and the vanilla is starting to kick in. My only complaint is that it doesn't pair great with my Dickel 12 year. Next time will be scotch. AWESOME stick and will be a mainstay in my humidor for the foreseeable future! Don't ever let this one go CI!
4 out of 5
These were good. I smoke them on the golf course.
4 out of 5
Original cubans
Good burn, good taste. Don't really like mixed filler cigars, but these were pretty good. Will probably buy again. Pretty good everyday cigar.
3 out of 5
I think, for me, that the Gigante is a little too Gigante.
4 out of 5
Good every day smoke and great price.
have smoked several of these and haven't had an issue yet. lots of smoke and a great draw. flavor is mild if you are looking for a cigar to pad the humidor this is it.
5 out of 5
A Great Deal
I picked them up out of curiosity but will re-order because of how good they are; a hell of a smoke at their price...
5 out of 5
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."
i do shop at cigar stores all over new england, and find, your prices and quick shipping superior. these are good cigars at affordable prices.
5 out of 5
Love these cigars. A lot of bang for the buck. Yet smooth smoking.
5 out of 5
These are perfect
My Buddy's and I realy enjoy smoking these cigars.
5 out of 5
Origianl Cubans
Great full bodied cigar. Surprisingly smooth and just the right hint of sweetness to balance the experience. These have become one of my favorite "go to" sticks. Other than the anticipation for the regular ground delivery (I'm frugal), my orders arrive on time and safely packaged. I have had only positive experiences ordering from CI.
4 out of 5
Best $ value
If you like a full bodied cigar and don't want to spend a lot of cash then this is you kind of smoke. On a cool day you can smoke 'em down to a nub. I look forward to my nooner Belicoso everyday when I listen to Rush Limbaugh.
4 out of 5
Great smoke
This cigar is a great smooth everyday smoke. Great price for an outstanding cigar. I highly recommend.
4 out of 5
good everyday smoke
This is a pleasant cigar--not really full-bodied or complex or close to the one Cuban I've had in flavor but a nice, consistent, well-constructed everyday smoke.
5 out of 5
Big taste, big value
These cigars have flavor! For the money you can't go wrong. These are a great smoke in my opinion, and are very smooth. Good burning tendencies as well as roll quality. Will be buying these again for sure!
5 out of 5
Very good
This cigar is a very good every day cigar has full body great flavor and awesome draw and it also burns very consistent I will always have some of these in my collection
5 out of 5
Good smoke
Enjoy these cigars when working around the yard or in the garage.
3 out of 5
Decent everyday cigar
Decent smoke for the price. The cap has unraveled on every one so far and constantly spitting small pieces of tobacco but I can overlook that for the cost. Might be better with a punch instead of cutting the end.
5 out of 5
simply awesome
best cigars at a very pair price, you won't be disappointed.
5 out of 5
really great stick
i have been getting these at about 4 bundles/month for 4y or more or so...i have had maybe 3 sticks with wrap or draw issues....the strength is medium and the flavor to me is great....42 rg coronas are my preference and all of these taste and burn great to the me they are outstanding .... and so is in the biz....which is why i have been ordering here for at least 12y..cheers
5 out of 5
Great daily smoke!
If you are looking for a full flavor daily smoke that is reasonably priced. You should try this one. It burns well and draws good.You will not be disappointed!
5 out of 5
original Cubans belicoso
I enjoy these cigars very much
3 out of 5
Good cheap smoke.
The value to the taste is worth trying. I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth a cheap smoke was.
4 out of 5
Original Cubans are surprising
Don't be fooled by the low price or lack of a flashy band on these gems, they are fantastic. They are more of a medium full smoke, and very smooth. I will often go into my humidor and move aside my Rocky Patel Decades and Vintage's, Oliva O's, G's, and V's, Ave Maria's, etc. to grab an Original Cuban. I prefer the flavor of the Belicoso, or even Robusto with Original Cubans more than the other sizes. They are very consistent, I have only had one bad stick out of 120 or so. I am so glad a buddy of mine turned me on to these. They are a staple in my humidor.
5 out of 5
Satisfaction without the ring
Even the best quality cigars are not always consistent and so original Cubans are consistent, every now and then I find one rolled a little to tight or to soft but overall they are a good medium cigar and the price well it can't be beat.
5 out of 5
Excellent Cigar
I find these cigars to be of fine quality and have a great flavor when I enjoy one. I rate these cigars high due to the taste of them.
2 out of 5
Not worth the attractive price.
I had heard good things about this cigar but this cigar is just plain boring. I let them sit in the humi for a few months and I still don't like them. Will not buy again.
4 out of 5
I keep coming back to these..
I get these, really like them, then go to some "more expensive" cigar, only to find out I don't like it any better (and often like it less). These are also cheap enough that I can hand them to friends with wild abandon. Nice smooth and somewhat neutral but interesting flavor, great draw, and it stays lit well. The shorter ones done before I want them to be, but have a nice light draw. The longer ones last perfectly but have a little heavier draw. I'm happy to grab either.
5 out of 5
Not a bad stick
Great tasting smoke!! For the money cant go wrong!!
5 out of 5
A truely smooth smoke that has a distinctively cuban corona finnish.
well worth the amazingly low price if you try it you will love it.
5 out of 5
An excellent smoke for the price!
This cigar is top notch for the price. Smooth, sweet, rich and spicy. Nice easy draw with rich thick smoke. Let these babies age awhile in your Humi and you won't be disappointed!
4 out of 5
My take onthr Original Cuban Robusto
really tasty,They remind me of a old smoke from years ago that were hand made in Ybor City.
1 out of 5
Not pleased with this one...
I'm not usually one to complain but...This cigar is not full-bodied as described. It is a very mild cigar. Despite using a sharp cutter, there's an endless amount of tobacco crumbs left on the tongue after each pull...Short filler tobaccos I suppose. A number of the cigars just did not "smoke" due to poor construction. I'm not an overly picky cigar smoker, but this cigar was just plain annoying and that's after trying the first six from the bundle.
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
I have several hundreds of great expensive cigars but I love to smoke cigars all day at work but sometimes little accidents happen so I won't smoke any of the high dollar ones...stumbled across the Original Cuban a few years ago and it ranks up there with some of the big boys!!! Best value of any cigar out there!!!
5 out of 5
Great Cigar!
Amazing and Delicious Cigar! Ordered these a month ago and already ready for another order!
4 out of 5
Good for price
I have three 150-count humidors. I bought a bundle of Original Cubans as yard gars or to give out to mooching friends. The problem is, I really enjoy these cigars. When I can't decide what to smoke, I pull out my under-the-bed humidor, filled with my cheap sticks, and grab one of these. I got them on a daily deal about a year ago. I am down to my last two and have given out only one. Good cigar for the price.
5 out of 5
Original Cubans review
I thought they smoked real well, nice draw slow burn good flavor. Worth the money.
5 out of 5
Great smoke and price.
The order came to the house without issue. Great smoke and price.
4 out of 5
Can't go wrong
Good cigars. Great price for those wanting variety and quality.
5 out of 5
Great cigar for the price
Has a very smooth mild flavor that makes this cigar seem more expensive than it is. Great value!
5 out of 5
Original Cubans Double corona
I smoked a couple ROTT and gave away a few and they were ok but no big deal. I am kinda new to handmade cigars, I soon found out that if you let these rest in the humidor for even a few weeks, they improve greatly. In fact, I moved some to the bottom of my humidor to keep from smoking them all. I'll let them rest for six months or so and see how much they improved!
Customer Testimonials
5* Very tasty, easy draw, long lasting. Well worth the money. Have ordered twice now and very happy with each. Easily gets over an inch of ash when lit.
Very inexpensive. Tastes as if would cost more.
Good job. I smoked a cigar right out of the shipping package, and it was all that you guys said it would be: easy draw, good flavor, acceptable strength(although it is more medium than full). I took a second stick the following day out of the humidor and it was as good as the first one. Cigar is really good, and price is great. What more can I ask?
What can I say, a mere $1.75 a stick for a good "medium" bodied cigar is a great deal. Construction is good, draw is excellent and effortless, burn is clean. These aren't the most complex cigar you'll have, but the price to quality ratio makes them worth it.
I was super skeptical about these cheapies, especially when they arrived; some parts looked kind of green. I assume CI over-humidifies them before they ship in case shipping takes longer than expected. Anyway they feel soft and kind of crappy. So I decided to smoke one right away to check it out, and wow...the flavor on the wrapper alone is legit. I was especially shocked when I lit it up. It's a lot lighter than I'm used to, but it does the job. This will probably be my everyday smoke and I can't wait to just let it sit for a couple weeks in my humidor then go back at it! Smoking on a budget, then check these bad boys out!
I just got my first bundle in of these and I am already smoking my second cigar. I have never wrote a review, but wow, these are better than all the reviews. I'm now placing an order for 40 more.
Good value. Good kick. Smokes smooth. Satisfied.
Anyone thinking about buying them should. It's a very nice cigar. I just received my bundle this morning. I opened it and put what I could into my humidor...I underestimated their size. The churchills are huge. I just lit one and I am smoking it as I write this. Although I do not taste the flavors described in the original description, I will say that this cigar is very smooth to me. It has a very good draw, and it is very pleasing to the palate. I will be ordering more in the near future; I can promise that.
Great, cheap and quality smoke never goes together! But these certainly exemplify all dimensions and I traditionally like a lighter smoke. It took looking at their little continuum to see it's a Full :) Well done!
Love this cigar!!! By far one of my favorites. Just let them sit in the humi for a couple weeks and enjoy. Some are on backorder, please please please get these back as soon as possible A+++
Original Cubans are proof that you can spend much more and get much less. Everything about this cigar is outstanding. If you find that it burns a bit too fast my advice to you you is simply light up another one. Once again CI got it right!
Mild taste and pretty decent cigar for the first time cigar smoker.
Actually a nice smoke if you can get past the loose tobacco periodically in your mouth. I can!
Nice & perfect gift!
Is a yard gar when riding around in a circle but over all is not my cup o'tea.
These are just plain great cigars! They do have this great "nose" that comes off of them as they burn that speaks of age. They don't taste green and have this sweet pungentness to them. Although everyone says they burn fast, I timed it and they burn just as long as any handmade, long-filler cigar, about 1.5-2 hours. They are a little loose but not bad, and it certainly doesn't affect the smoke. They are honestly just great cigars and perfect for me to smoke so I stay away from my expensive sticks so that they may "age" a little. Thanks CI!!!
Fantastic cigar! Smooth, mellow and finishes with a tap to the head. Very enjoyable. I will definitely buy more in the future. Thanks, CI! Columbus in Kuwait.
Just tried one "Original Cubans" not a bad cigar, I'm not sure where the vanilla ice cream soda reference comes from. It has a nice mellow taste to it. Very mild, which is what I like. Are they worth the forty bucks. I say yes, but not a WOW deal. But definitely a good deal.
Too loosely rolled. Not impressed with the burn or flavor. Good price though for a knock around.
BANG FOR THE BUCK! Great little cigar for every day.
Good cigar for the price, lots of flavor, good draw, GREAT BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!!!
An amazing cigar- Really does have the "old style sweetness" before you feel the effects. Head & shoulders above many more expensive smokes. This will be a keeper in my rotation.
Very smooth and a nice first pull. I love these cigars when I am relaxing in my backyard!!
Pretty decent all-around cigars to keep the humidor stuffed without emptying the wallet, especially about after a month in there.
Surprisingly nice smoke for the price. Makes great fillers for my humidor allowing me to save my expensive cigars for special occasions only.
I am new to cigars and still trying to figure out what I like. I do know that I like this cigar, so much so that I had a friend try one. He is a cuban cigar smoker from way back. He came back wanting to know who made the cigar, going on about the draw and the the burn but especially how cubanesque this cigar is. He is going to order some now as well. Thanks CI.
Great burning cigar for a cheap price. Bought for my son and he loves them
....Wrapper smell resembles the real deal, taste is nowhere close.
Very well put together stick mild spice creamy slight vanilla a definite rebuy to keep in my humidor
I have to disagree with most of the reviewers here. What I got was the Bellicoso. Mushy stick, with a cheap, bitter wrapper. Poor burn, most sticks run up one side in the first third. Didn't like these at all.
This cigar has become one of my favorites. It's very smooth and creamy. I usually think things that are labeled "cuban" are gimmicks. My favorite cigar is the real deal #02 Montecristo and this reminds me of that cigar. I would recommend this cigar if you like a smooth creamy stogie.
My brand "Original Cubans" @ CI been smoking them for 10 years.
Easily the best "bargain" cigars I've ever had!
Possibly the best everyday cigar on the planet! I have to spend 5 times the price to get a cigar I like better. Have tried many others over the years, but they remain my "go to" smoke.
Just tried these cigars for the first time... they are a great cigar..very smooth and great taste.. definitely will get more..
For the past few years I have been wanting to try these, but I just never pulled the trigger. In addition, I never saw the attraction of those who smoke any ring size below 47. In order to better understand those who like smaller rings, I killed two birds with one stone by ordering a box of the Original Cubans in a 6.5 X 42. Hey! This is a pretty good cigar even if it is on the smaller side of my normal sticks. All and all it has been well worth the cost, and I'm amazed at the abundance of smoke, construction, and even burn with this cigar. This is a cigar that has enough flavor to please those like myself who are more on the full body side in taste. Yet, I see no reason why those who like the milder side would have a problem with the Original Cuban. I've not experienced any type of feeling in my stomach that the description speaks of, which is a good thing to me. At this price it is worth your money to purchase a bundle in the size you desire.
This is a great cigar. The only cigars I have found that I would go for before one of these is a 5 Vegas Classic. With a bit of time in the humi, these cigars are great, and the price is nice, too.
As with any cigar, these are better after some proper aging in the humidor. 2nd bundle and not disappointed. Thanks C.I. for an inexpensive and enjoyable cigar.
These are inexpensive and need to stabilize in your humidor for a bit, but it is a very smooth and satisfying smoke. Definitely worthy to be in my daily smoke rotation.
Excellent cigars!
Purchased this on a gut feeling. Turns out to be one of the best in both my humidors. A smooth draw with a great taste. I continue to buy again and again.
Not a bad cigar, the taste is well above the price asked. Especially good for everyday, hand 'em to a friend type cigar.
Not bad! It's not the best cigar but you will not beat it. Best cigar for the price. I will buy it again.
Mild and smooth such a great smoke
Nice smooth cigar, its worth every penny. Leather and earth mediun blend.
Great taste, good burn, outstanding price. I am smoking one as I type this. Buy some you will like em!
I have to agree with all the good reviews. I bought a box when I saw them in the catalogue. Sparked up the fist one right out of the shipping box and was very pleased. These are great cigars. I can't believe their so affordable. Tons of flavor. Vanilla, cashews, wood smoke and very smooth. Very happy with my purchase and will definitely be buying more. Thanks CI!
People watch me licking my lips after every puff and think I'm smoking an expensive cigar. They don't know how creamy these cheap little buggers are.
Started with these about 7 yrs. ago. Tried "many" samplers and handed them out to friends for evaluation. Pound for pound the Cubans won out---mostly due to price per cigar. You CI folks are tremendous and patient with all of us. That being said, the Cubans don't come into their own until about a half inch into each cigar---but when they do I've been very satisfied. Would like to order some upper shelf brands but am on fixed income and the budget gets in the way, oh well---the Cubans are quite satisfying, thank you!!
I will be as honest as I can about these. I had high hopes after reading all of the reviews. I got my Churchill's from the box and excitedly went to snip one and lit it up. Immediately I noticed that I had tobacco everywhere and they were very dry. That first cigar needless to say was a total mess. The wrapper starter to detach itself almost immediately and within minutes the business end collapsed in my mouth into a solid mass of mush. The taste was harsh as these were obviously green. A second cigar went much the way of the first and I decided to put some age on them to see if it would help. After a week in the humidor I tried again. The flavor and build issues improved, but I could tell that it still had a way to go. I let it sit another week and the taste improved dramatically as did the construction issues. It is no Cohiba or even Gurkha, but it is a decent knock around cigar after it has at least a few weeks of age on it.
Bought the robusto bundle and these things are smooth and slightly sweet. Real mellow flavor and not over bearing. The draw is nice and it burns evenly all the way through but u always get one or two that doesn't. No biggie still smokable. I love these Cubans. Fantastic purchase and you wont be disappointed.
Chalk another one up to the guys at CI!! Good smokes! Really smooth with a nice ash. I will be buying these again. The Churchill's smoke about the same as a smaller. So spend the extra 5 bucks. Good job boys!
These are great cigars. I usually go with Drew Estate but I think I found a new favorite. I was intrigued by a Cuban cigar even if it's not a true Cuban. These are great, I was thinking they would be crap but boy was I wrong. They are smooth, a bit sweet and you can really taste the cream soda if you sit for a min. I would recommend these cigars to anyone. Thank you CI for a great cigar!
amazing cigar! I have been smoking them for about 4 years now and have a whole draw designated for original cubans. This is a real good quality cigar and the price can't be beat. Just age them for about two weeks and you wont be disappointed.
I am old enough to remember smoking pre-embargo Cubans for several years here in USA. I was skeptical about the brand "Original Cubans", but then amazingly found that the blend used here really is close to Cuban flavor. Rich cigar flavor, slightly sweet (don't mean sugar dipped), and smooth enough to smoke all day. Aroma before lighting is enticing, and after that continues to be satisfying the end. A well chosen substitute, when you can no longer buy a legal Cuban. Not long filler, but ash holds up well, and filler is sufficiently tightly rolled that this stick does not feel like you are squeezing a marshmallow.
I must say I bought into all of the hype about this has a very strong taste and is very smoky..I normally smoke a med-full bodied cigar and this one is kinda is a strong smoke! feel the buzz half way through which is excellent but im still looking for my vanilla cream soda..LOL!!!!...Should have know that wasn't possible to taste in the form of smoke..If i could trade them out for something else i would..:-)
Wow is all I can say. Let me start by saying I am not a cigar snob I just have always had better luck with higher end name brand cigars I think you get what you pay for, but something about the write up about these in the catalog and all the reviews on the website had me curious and thinking for the price what do I have to lose. Everything I have read is true. I got these in the mail about two months ago but they have sat in the humidor waiting for the weather to change around here as soon as it was nice about a week and half ago I lit one up and I couldnt put it down smoked it all the way to my lips. Flavor was there but smooth all the way through never harsh and so so smooth. The price incredible $2 a stick is crazy I would pay more for these in a heartbeat defintely a everyday smoker sometimes more than one a day. I am ordering a 3rd humidor just for these things. I will still have my Davidoffs but these are defintely going to be a common part of my smoking hobby. I have a hardtime saying they are good for the price because they are just flat out good the price just happens to be crazy incredible. Now I am just torn on whether or not to share with my friends because they will always be asking for them. I dont normally write fan mail on here because I think a good cigar speak for its self and not need a average joe like me raving about it but this my be one of the best sticks I have had. So So So impressed with flavor smoothness and how consistent the flavor is from the begining until the very end witch always leaves me wanting more
Well, I'm starting to wonder if I actually bought the same cigars as everyone else here. Or maybe if I was delivered the wrong item. I mean, my invoice SAID "Original Cubans," and the package had the correct label... But what I'm smoking is absolutely nothing like what is described by all of these fans. Before anyone writes this off as a negative review, it isn't. Not entirely. I've had a few of these so far, and didn't find them to be awful. But not really memorable, either. Rather... nondescript, actually. The nuances of the flavors people describe? Nope. I'll smoke the rest, but if they're anything like the first few, I'm not sure I'll buy these again. Just simply not as described. At least not the batch I received.
These are some mighty tasty cigars. I wasn't sure about these but I took a chance and I'm sure glad that I did! They have a nice draw and they are mild to medium. They do have a taste that pleases your palette. You won't regret buying these once you smoke one!
Everything CI says about these cigars is true. Well, almost everything. No belly ache that I can recall. I bought twenty of these fellows about ten weeks ago. After about three days in the humidor, I had a few. Very good cigars indeed. Then I forgot about them for the next two months, that is until tonight. The results. Wow! They cut smoothly at the shoulder. Light easily and evenly at the foot. Burn cool and gradually. Draw easily. Hold together all the way. And just taste great. Nice ash. Thick rich smoke. Almost a caramel like quality to the aftertaste which leaves you wanting another one. Must be the most underrated in the CI lineup. This is why we smoke cigars.
There is actually little sense in me making a comment; it's just going to parrot what everyone else has said. I dislike the phrase 'for the money'...this is a good cigar regardless of the cost. I'm going to keep a supply of these.
two words ... excellent stogies ... two more words ... buy em
My tastes generally prefer a stick beginning at $7.50 plus, but I can honestly tell you that these do not disappoint. I was extremely pleased with the draw - while the burn may have been a little uneven, the flavor was outstanding! The additional affects were even better. This cigar delivers a taste which enrichens the pallete and provides a tremendous delight for the consumer. For the money this cigar cannot be beaten - I have handed them out to all my friends and would recommend them to anyone wanting a quality smoke.
If you've been contemplating the Original Cubans, do yourself a favor and order them already. Great cigar all around from taste, burn to build quality. You wont be disappointed. As always CI delivers a great product with a great price and awesome shipping. (ordered on a thursday, had them at lunch time on friday with standard shipping)
Unbelievable! Totally on board with these- took a chance with all the write up being good, not one bad one at all. I let them sit in the humi for a week, a great smoke, great flavor,and easy draw. The wrapper is real nice, these I will buy all the time. CI you da man.
Over the past 20 years, I have been an off again on again cigar smoker. As such, I constantly try new cigars, looking for an affordable, good daily smoke. These are the best I have found. Period. I kept reading descriptions that talked about cigars being "creamy." I never knew what they were talked about until I bought these cigars. They're great, and creamy. Get some.
I too was curious because of the reviews about Original Cubans. While smoking the first one I was thinking the description in the ad wasn't very accurate. It says it tastes like vanilla ice cream soda, but this has a very rich tobacco, creamy, smooth almost coffee-like taste. A great versatile cigar that can go great with a cup of joe or a beer or anytime of day or night. My regular cigar is Hoyo de Monterrey. I feel it's the one of the best smokes out there - rich flavor and semi-reasonable prices especially on sites like this. To my surprise, the Original Cubans reminded me A LOT of the Hoyos I always smoke. What else could I ask for (a 2-Fer maybe)? In my opinion, this is THE best deal out there. Don't be afraid to buy this off-brand, it's well worth the money & the wait. Thanks CI for this great cigar at this incredible price. Please keep it low. Why should we have to pay an arm and a leg for a good cigar? My favorite is the original Cohiba (cuban not red dot) and have always been disappointed that there's nothing else like it. I've tried Carbon Copy & other off brands, but who are those marketers kidding? This tastes so much like a Hoyo I'd swear it is in a blind taste test. Anyway to get that original Cohiba flavor in a reasonably priced cigar like this? Just think about it'd make a bundle. Thanks again!
I'm fairly new to this whole cigar thing therefore, i have tried several different types of cigars and by far the best i have tried are these "Original Cubans" they were so good i bought a whole pack invited some friends to try them needless to say they got their own as well and we have all continued to buy them over and over. A++++++
Love 'em! The CI Knockoffs - Macanudo were my favorites till I tried these. These are my new favorites now. Just like the other testimonials say, good taste, good draw, good burn. Good job CI on recommending these. THANKS!!!
I have been smoking cigars for three years. These original cubans have a most unusual taste. A great smoke. Everything they claim it has it does. I smoke them all the time now. keep up the good work guys and keep them comming.
I was a bit skeptical about trying this cigar because of the rather low price. But I was definitely wrong once I lit it up. The cigar was very creamy and smooth in flavor and burned very well. This is by far the best bargain cigar I've ever smoked, it definitely may earn a more permanent spot in my humidor.
Wow!! I smoked 2 of these jewels back to back as soon as I opened the box and opened the bundle. I could not control myself! I think the Devil double dog dared me. Growing up in Florida, getting some Cuba smokes was not a problem. These are to good to be true at this price! Smooth, mild, full, the flavor you search for and are often let down on. A fine smoke.
(Original Cubans) - I picked some up and was amazed. What a bargain. I gave some to a friend and did not tell him the name. He smoked them and asked for more. I told him to buy his own, the rest were all mine. Well rolled, didn't notice and blemished. Lights easily and the draw was great on each that I smoked. Nice ash and decent amount of smoke. The flavor is very close to the ones we are not supposed to be smoking. Great value for the money. I hope CI continues to stock these.
Just got these today (Original Cubans), bundle of Churchill's, couldn't wait to see what all the hype was so I tried one, trust me, BELIEVE all you read, these are great, I can't wait to see how much better they'll get after a while in the Humi...thanks C.I.
I am a fan of good cigars (Original Cubans) , now I know that is a matter of taste but without arguement some are just better than others. They burn better, don't get hot and on and on. I generally smoke Cohibas, Partagas, Romeo and Julietta, Five Vegas and on and on. I bought a couple of packages of these cigars a month or two ago. I am still working on them but you know they are pretty darn good. No doubt worth the money. They aren't the smoothest but are in no way harsh. They burn even, taste decent, don't get overly hot and all for about a buck and a half apiece. That is a pretty hard bargin to beat by my thinking. Don't expect a Davidoff or Gurhka or whatever here but for a decent everyday smoke they are a real value. I would break them out in just about any social situation and not be ashamed.
I'm a bit of a cigar snob but since the economy has tanked, I've been looking for a good inexpensive smoke (Original Cubans). I usually choose OpusX , VSG, Padron etc. for a full bodied stogie. This cigar is a great alternative to the high end smoke. In fact, I would say it's great. Nice draw, long ash and plenty of taste. Who said you need to spend a lot of money for a good cigar. This is my new everyday smoke.
Ditto to what everyone else has stated. Good for the price, great everyday or mowing cigar(Original Cubans), a throwback cigar...blah blah Original Cubans are good cigars that could pass for real Cubans to those who don't know any better (it'll be our little secret). With so many high quality cheap cigars out there today like Original Cubans, the only problem is which one to fire up today!!
Well worth the coin--Very consistent(Original Cubans), well-made cigar for a great price.
This is my third bundle of Original Cubans in Churchill size I've ordered and quite honestly they're one of the best tasting for their cost cigars I have encountered recently. Don't care if they're mostly "cut/mix" filller, they seem to burn even and draw just right !
Excellent cigar (Original Cubans)! Very classic taste, creamy with a slight coffee aftertaste, LOTS of good thick smoke. Definitely worth the price.
I just picked-up a bundle of the "Original Cubans" and I gotta say they are a fine smoke. The torpedo has a perfect draw, great flavor, pleanty of smoke and just an overall great cigar. Dont let the price fool you, get this one and you will be quite pleased my friend.
Great cigar. (Original Cubans) My brother brought me back a cuban while he was over seas. (at least i thought it was.) the original cuban was very close. great prices CI
I'll be honest with you, I've only been smoking cigars for maybe a year now. I have basically been purchasing samplers to try out different ones to find out what I like/dont like. I purchased the "rereleased" Original Cubans because of the description and price. To be honest with you I don't taste the vanilla notes as noted by some other reviewers. It could be that my palate is not as refined....yet. But what I can tell you is that these are quite an enjoyable smoke. They are smooth tasting and even burning and for the price, they cannot be beat. I'm still trying different brands but I'm going to keep some on hand as an excellent "go to" cigar.
An absolutly incredible cigar for the money (Original Cubans). Well made, fantastic burning with a nice ash and smooth flavor. A smooth cigar taste that even a full bodied cigar smoking aficionado will enjoy. Guaranteed you will be back for more. Great job CI.
For the price these cigars are great (Original Cubans). They remind of the real Cubans that I smoked in the fifties. They have a great taste, the draw good and they are consistent from start to finish. A nice mild cigar that my buddies can enjoy every day. Keep up the good work CI.
You could punch these cigars (Original Cubans) with a pin and the amount of smoke would still be ominous. I don't see these tasteing anything like a cuban, only a cuban tastes like a cuban. But that is not the point. The point is these are very unique cigars. I generally hate a grassy cigar but these taste like a lemon grass and I must have more of them. I am now worse with these than my cigarette buddies. Is it odd to have "original cuban" withdrawls?
I love this cigar (Original Cubans)! How can a cigar with this price be so good? This cigar is just about perfect as far as I am concerned. I like a full bodied torpedo and this is the best one i've ever had. Tons of delicious flavors. beautiful construction and s-m-o-o-t-h draw with tons of flavorful smoke. Just strong enough to let you know you've just smoked a real cigar. Thanks for the great bargain,C I. These will always be in my humi!
I just smoked the Partagas 160 Cifuentes Especial I have been saving for months, and smoked an Original Cuban shortly thereafter. To be honest, I should have spent the $30 on another bundle of Original Cubans! I always keep about a thousand of these things around because they go QUICK. Slightly sweet, creamy smoke with lots of nice smoke that lingers on my porch. Tasty!
By far the best bang for the buck (Original Cubans)! A very nostalgic cigar with above average construction, an east draw, and intriguing taste. One of my all time favorites!
I bought the first bundle of these Original Cubans because I was attracted by the ad. I have bought two MORE bundles because I really like these cigars. There's a certain taste, sort of a slightly sweet "lemony" flavor that has sold me on them. Mild-medium bodied.
Original Cubans- OK...I had seen these in the flyers and obviously they piqued my curiosity. I read the staff and customer reviews and thought to myself "still not sold". But what the heck...I figured for the price I could hand them out to my "friends" ( ya know, not your REAL friends but the ones that show up when you open the humidor), still look like a prince and not be taking too big a hit in the wallet. Got my order real quick(nothing new there) and popped one out of the wrapper. Smell-hmmm, nice. Lit it up, nice draw...smooth...creamy taste..OUCH...I just burned my fingers!!!! MAN...that was a good smoke! Probably a fluke.. Nope friends, these suckers are consistently good from one stick to the next. The ONLY bad thing that I have noticed is that they seem to work better with a plug cutter.......and if THAT is all that one can find to complain about, you have found yourself a WINNER!!! I have added these to my favorites and you will also. Take a chance, you will not be disappointed. Thanks CI for the Prime Rib at Hot Dog prices!! BH
This is an very enjoyable smoke (Original Cubans). Excellent draw and burn and the taste is pretty good too. A fairly mild smoke and for the price makes a good everyday cigar. I make sure I have these in my 3000 cigar humidor. Excellent to give out too for the price.
I tend to stick with the old-reliable cigars - Hoyo, Punch, etc because I have been burned by 'seconds' and 'off-brands' in the past. In fact, I was skeptical of this entire CI concept, I mean cigars at THESE prices? Must be something wrong. So I decided to try CI and try not to spend too much money at the same time. These "Original Cubans" are my first CI order. After 6-8,I am impressed, a believer and now a loyal CI customer! The description and review are spot on - smooth on the tongue with a bit more body than I thought they would have. Good taste and aroma without being heavy or harsh. I thought they would burn hot, being so loosley packed. But not at all - cool and flavorful. A good smoke at a great price. Thanks CI!
“Sometimes all you need is a quickie,” the Major said as I was whining about time. He then gave me one of his Original Cubans to try. It was a wonderful, very mild and smooth cigar with a quick burn time of about 30+ minutes. Its flavor was light-almost sweet with a bountiful blow of smoke.
I love to try everything out there mild to full bodied . I have to say I compare everything I smoke to these (Original Cubans). Sure there are better cigars but for the price they can't be beat .
These (Original Cubans) are what cigars are meant to be good construction great draw and lots of smoke perfect.
I have many cigars in my humidor.Some buck a stick cigars,some super premiums.No matter how many I have,no matter what kind I have, I always seem to run out of Original Cubans first.These are just plain good.
This is just another "Right On" review from CI . . Only a Cigar smoker for 2 years I am still trying whatever I can and learn from there. The draw on this smoke (Original Cubans)is effortless and the sweet smoke just lingers. Very smooth and quite flavorful. I had 2 of these yesterday while riding the lawn mower . . . They really hit the spot . . . I usually by a bundle of something more upscale / favorite, along with something I have never tried before. Once these are gone, I will be coming back for more !!!! Great work boys !!!!
Awsome!! Cigars I am going to buy more alot more(Original Cubans)
I am normally a "cigar snob" (as described by my friends). I love the highly rated/high priced smokes, but after reading Gonz's review, decided to try these (Original Cubans) anyway. After smoking a few, I HAD to try an experiment...I handed a few of these out to friends and didn't tell them anything about them. Nothing but raves from even the toughest critic among them. One even commented that these are almost as good as the Cuban Cohiba he smoked in Ireland a little while ago. They flipped when I showed them the price. My observations: Opens with a slight peppery note with a smooth, effortless draw then seamlessly transitions to a smooth and creamy smoke with a VERY subtle sweetness...a sublime smoking experience. "Original" Cubans have earned a prominent spot in my humidor next to all the "biggies". Thanks Gonz, your review was right on target.
Slow burning with a great salt and pepper ash (Original Cubans)- not tart- great draw- nice EGR wrapper-MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK. The sweetness lingers in the palate leaving me to wonder when I'll find time for another. I do not share these with anyone!!!
I just smoked one of the "Original" Cubans...I have to say, WOW!" Now that's a cigar! Much better (and more authentic tasting) than the communist stuff they sell these days. It really does taste sweet, and not too powerful. I will be buying more once these are gone! Thanks for the great deal!!

"Original" Cubans


I used to think this column was an easy task. I smoke a couple of cigars per day, I know what I like and I just need to explain it in gonz verbiage. I used to smoke a cigar once and know it was going to be one primed for Gonz's Pick. Now, I smoke 2, sometimes 3 in a row before I can qualify it. There are so many good cigars out there right now. The market has really come full circle and it's quite exciting. The no-name crap that came on the scene 6 or 7 years ago is nearly cleared out. We're now left with manufacturers getting creative about their blends and really honing in on what people like and dislike.

That's the theory of the "Original" Cubans. I admit, I was duped the first time I saw these in the humidor. I did a double-take when I saw the label. The label reads -- "Original" Cubans, Re-released. --- It took me awhile to figure it out. Re-released Cuban originals, rolled in the Dominican Republic! Get it? That's funny. After having now smoked a 1/2 dozen or so of these (see, it's beyond just qualifying it for a pick now, I'm getting infatuated with this friggin' column) it seems the goal here is to take a grassroots approach to cigar making. It's all about flavor. This brand goes after the original Cuban flavor, and is not really meant to imply that these are the originals from the days of old. That's a pretty steep goal nonetheless.

It's a good looking cigar, soft and seemingly packed loosely. With a simply clip, it lights up with ease and draws effortlessly. By the way, I'm drawn to this cigar not only by its name, but also by its price at about $1.50 per stick. Peanuts, and if it lives up to it's expectation, it'll be a real gem. The flavor becomes solid right away. Medium in strength, but full-bodied with an abundance of smoke, and a cornucopia of mild to medium flavors. The cigar burns quickly and the flavor doesn't deviate one bit. The ash forms for about 1/2 inch before it requires a tap - yet it never really hold firm.

The burn is solid, even, and doesn't streak one bit - you'll never need a second light. I've picked up the Churchill and it's barely a 1/2 hour smoke - maybe I'm dragging to fast. The flavor is so creamy and smooth that you'll have a propensity to continue dragging. Nearly halfway through, I've got a little buzz going. I love a lot of smoke. I love smoking out my neighbors if I can. This is my third one this week. Last night, I lit one up after I got home. We're putting up a new front porch so I walked around the house investigating the contractor's work. I did a full circle and when I got back to my starting point, I could still see the path of smoke lingering. Awesome. I love it when it surrounds you. I find it comforting and relaxing.

To my surprise, there is no harsh or bitter aftertaste - just a little shock wave in the middle of my tongue, the pleasant flavor hangs on. I guess I expected a harsher cigar if it claims to be similar to an original Cuban. Now, here's the real test, I'm going to need my loyal readers to send me some REAL Cubans circa early 1980s. I've only smoked about 2 or 3 in my lifetime (regardless of what I may have told you or my poker buddies in the past) so I don't have a real good sense of how these compare. Regardless, they're an excellent smoke. Oh, and this is the first cigar I've smoked with an ESG (Ecuadorian sun-grown) wrapper. My guess is the flavor cornucopia is driven from that wrapper. Very nice!

By the way, I gave a few of these to Ranger and he claims that he puked after having one. What a skirt!