The other day my friend was telling me that the age of boutique blends is over, and I was able to stop him in his tracks with two little words: Palo. Prieto. Yes, this small-batch handmade proves that the glory days are far from gone, and that boutique offerings still deserve a front and center seat in the limelight. And with over 125 years of cigar-rolling prowess spanning back three generations to the heyday of Cuba, plus accolades like a stellar 93-rating on the Padilla Series '68, saying that the Aguilar family knows a thing or two about tobacco is an understatement. It may be difficult to stand out from the crowd, but this fine specimen does so....with ease.
Palo Prieto opens with a dazzling, visually flawless Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that’s positively bursting with hand-selected Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo long-fillers, all wrapped up in a Dominican Corojo binder. The rich and creamy core is complemented by feisty notes of leather and spices. So like I was telling my friend, the small-batch glory days are still in full swing, and this is one boutique blend that won’t get lost in the sauce.
“WOW!!! I when for the unknown and I hit the jackpot. Definitely, in life you have to try new stuff........What a nice surprise.
A complete package: Presentation, quality, draw and flavor.....last but least, Price!
Thanks CI for having great cigars and great prices.”
IM of Miramar, FL
“After allowing these beauty's to sit in my humidor, I decided it was time to try one, boy what a wonderful cigar. The first third was leathery with notes of earth,a little dry on the finish, the second third rounded out the first with a little spice entering the fray, by the last third it was a well rounded beaut that had me thinking of smoking another,reminded me of the first opus x I smoked but a little drier on the finish. I will definitely order more, a very nice boutique cigar. SALUTE”
TA of MINNEAPOLIS, MN
“i was impressed with this cigar and too attractive to be sleeved, great construction and easy draw with a lot of different flavors and tons of medium bodied smoke.had two and both had great finish.where have the aguillar's been?”
CB of Saint Petersburg, FL
“Outstanding cigar at an exceptional value. The puro has an excellent draw with a sharp spicy cedar snap. Head to foot the cigar is consistent with a an excellent taste and aroma. The presentation gold wrapper, draw cord (to get the first cigar out), and overall texture of the cigar is superb. Well said in categorizing this as an old world cigar...as it is.”
RR of MIAMI, FL
“I am not as enthusiastic as the previous customers with this cigar. The cigar is lightly packed and not particularly tasty. It has a young tobacco taste. Definitely not smooth. I purchased a box based on previous reviews and had high hopes. I do believe that some age in the humidor will significantly improve this cigar. The packaging is top notch, but that is the high point IMO.”
“What a beautiful cigar. It's a beauty where the taste is as pleasing as how this cigar looks. It grabs you with a full hit at the first draw, and it's a lovely ride the rest of the way.”
JB of Dayton, OH
“Received this as a COTM selection in April. Nice full aroma, easy on the draw. Taste is lacking. Probably would not purchase on my own. Of course, I'm used to and prefer a more mild stick; Alec Bradley American Classic and the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999. But, hey, have at it...”
AK of Topton, PA
“I second that "WOW"! It is everything that it was described to be. Easy draw, nice burn, great aroma, and great spicy taste. Not forgetting the great price. It's a bang for your buck. I have to get some more of these smooth and creamy babies.”
EW of Virginia Beach, VA
“Grear flavor, excellent draw! Only wish they were cheaper. Got a fiver on a deal of the day and couldn't be more impressed. Medium-full body is decieving because this smoke is sooo smooth.”
BB of Massillon, OH
“Incredible! I smoked a box of these with a group of regular smokers. These cigars are perfect! Very fresh. No lingering after taste. Great for newcomers and veterans alike. I'm buying 2 more boxes of the Torpedos today!”
SR of ROCHESTER, NY
“Tried this stick from the COTM and am pleased overall. I would call it a mild to medium smoke with spice and woodsy flavors throughout. It's no revelation but for the price of entry, it's more than worthwhile. I have a box of gordos on the way. This is a great mellow smoke that's cheap enough to share at will.”
RC of Fort Leonard Wood, MO
“This cigar is nicely packaged with a gold wrapper. Underneath I found a we constructed beauty. The draw is the easiest I found giving me an initial blast of spice. The cigar burns fast with a continual easy draw that leads to a quick smoke. I smoked about half of it while writing this review. It had a few days in the humidor before I grabbed it but I did not intentionally let it sit. Full of flavor and even the smallest draft leaves the mouth full of smoke all the way to the back. It is a nice smoke, not too strong and leaves a nice aftertaste in the mouth. I'd not order it individually but would not shy away from a sampler which contains it. Overall, it's a good smoke”
SS of Chapin, SC
“Although the Pelo Prieto is a nice looking cigar, it is too spongy and burns too fast. The flavor in the first third is slightly sweet straw. The cigar is mild in body and strength. Not much happens with the flavor as the cigar progresses. Mostly a paper-like flavor. There is a lot of smoke but it has hardly any body to it. There is no pepper to speak of until the very end. Then it is a very mild spice that would be welcome far earlier on in the cigar. Not my taste.”
AF of BLOOMINGTON, IN
“Very nice smoke! This is a great cigar for someone like myself, who is trying to expand their pallet into the Full strength cigars. This is my first Palo Prieto cigar (Torpedo), I bought the "Legal Limit 18-Cigar Sampler III". It starts light & creamy with a nice blend of spice and grows slowly in boldness & spice while maintaining it's smooth creamy texture and ends a little heady.
Nice consistent burn.”
TN of Valrico, FL
“Nice package. Great draw. Could use a lititle time in humidor. At sale price I would purchase again.”
AR of CAPE CORAL, FL
“Picked up a bundle of Gordos on special the other week, and well, AF of Bloomington said everything better than I could have. Glad I didn't pay full price, but thanks to CI I never have to!”
AS of Greensboro, NC
“Boo Yeah! You, my little friend, have secured a spot in my humidor. Love this cigar. Love the price, love the volumes of smoke, love the taste thru and thru. I am currently sitting on over 300 sticks and this beaut was very surprising. Would consider it more mild, but that is OK. Does not disappoint. Worth a try by all levels of smokers.”