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“FYI-the NO.1 - 7.5"x50 size is a big mild Connecticut wrapped herf stick. Give them a try if you like the regular Fonseca or Leon Jimenes.”
“For what I paid (19.95) for these cigars, I feel as though I stole them. This is a premium cigar for pennies. Thanks CI...”
“These have a great aroma when burning, a good draw, good burn, decent construction. That is as far as I can go. It's a flat tobacco taste.”
“I bought some Fonseca Overruns and the draw is just too tight of the few I have attempted smoking thus far. Admittedly, I usually like average sized cigars and the overruns I won are like 4X32. The smaller 5 Vegas cigars and Camacho cigars smoked far better and lacked the tight draw. Really a shame because minus the draw the cigar would be a good breakfast cigar.”
“I have ordered the Belicosa once and the Robusto twice. Good cigar at a great price. Good to keep for a yardgar or while working on the Harley. They are "overruns" and there will be some problems.... I have received a wide range of wrapper shades but you can't beat the price for a good (not great) cigar.”
“Picked up the Robusto pack. What a deal! Very nice smoke. I am rather new to smoking cigars and tend to buy samplers to try a lot of different cigars and see what I like and don't. But when I saw the price I thought I would give them a shot. Absolutely love them and will be purchasing them again.”
“This is a good mild Connecticut cigar with lots of smoke. I enjoy this cigar with my morning coffee. Construction is good, minimal veins, double cap, and a nice white ash that hangs on around the 1" to 1" 1/2 mark. I get notes of grass and a light sweet pepper in the light up that fades into a sweet leather and light woodsy taste that lingers into the 2/3rd. The last third still has the sweet leather but as the heat picks up a nice tickling and almost licorice type sensation envelopes the pallet until the next puff. Not real complex but absolutely satisfying. smoke em off the truck as I did but they get better as you let them rest in your humidor. expect to spend a good 1 1/2 hrs on this treat.”
“I ordered the half-corona. A very hard draw. I really got tired pulling on these. I put them in the humidor but it didn't seem to help. The color of these sticks is creamy peanut butter. The taste is smooth and creamy. A delicious cigar, but having a draw like that I'll not order these again.”
“I like strong cigars. Strong cigars! But, that said, on a hot afternoon, a nice, big mild cigar can really hit the spot while sitting in the shade with a cool drink.
These aren't as good as AVO or Casa Toraño....and they're even milder than either of those, but I bought a bundle of the churchills and they are consistently very good. Perfect draw, pretty wrappers, nice flavor. If you like mild cigars, you'll be hard pressed to find a better smoke for two bucks.”
“I receive the panetelas. 5.5x38, they are mild but flavorful. A bit tight on the draw, but nothing to worry. They exude a very creamy character that intermingles with notes of cedar and sweet tobacco. Some nice spices through the nose that keep things interesting. My daily smoke as far as they last.
“Good construction, no blemishes, draws evenly.... but off the truck dry as a bone and harsh. No discernable flavor of natural Dominican tastiness. Strong leather flavor.
I stripped some cellophane and its off to the humidity treatment in hopes of a tasty stick later on.”
“I have bought two mazos of the Fonseca Overruns. 1st the Half Corona arrived at regular catalog price & they are a joy to smoke. Everything about them is excellent, not the least of which is the price. However, I stumbled upon the Palmita in the "Make Me An Offer" area of your website & purchased a mazo for about 30% less than the catalog price. They WILL NOT draw, no matter how you cut them. They appear to be made of the same tobaccos as the Half Corona, so I am at a loss as to why this particular size CANNOT be smoked. Disappointing, for sure, since the larger size is so satisfying.”
“I recently purchased some of the half-corona size of these that were on sale for $9.95. These little suckers were extremely tasty to me. I am kicking my rear-end for not buying more than one bundle of these. Had I known just how great these cigars were, I would have purchased 4 or 5 bundles while they were on sale. Even at the regular cost, these cigars are a steal. I will purchase these again, and very soon!!!”
“I bought a bundle of Panatelas/Lonsdales for $10 during checkout. The cigars looked okay, but every single one from the bundle was plugged and completely unsmokable. This was a shame because the cigar's aroma was very pleasant, but too bad it didn't pull any smoke. Maybe it was just a bad bundle.”
“I have to agree, the chicos (4X32) I received are way too tight. Every other aspect is great, just unsmokeable, it's too bad.”
“I got the Chico (Cigarillos) (4.0"x32) as an add-on after thought to a regular order. The ones that I can smoke are a great, quick cigar. But unfortunately about 1/3 of the bundle is rolled so tight that they are un-smokable.”
“I know these are over runs and you get what you pay for. The first 5 bundles of Chico (Cigarillos) (4.0"x32) were great, a nice medium-mild quick smoke. I really enjoyed them. The next 2 bundles contained some cigars wrapped tight.... and completely or near completely unable to develop a draw. I will give them 1 more go and hope for more of the first bunch.”
“I got some Chicos on a checkout special and on the whole they're pretty good, if not too tight. Some would not draw at all and require either a punch or some work....”
“A reorder of the half corona size arrived this week & this time I received a bundle of maduro wrapped. Just like the previous bundle, the construction is very good. Tight, firm, heavy feeling for their size. I sparked up my 1st & as before, the draw is a bit tight. Not a big issue, a bit of probing & the cigar releases a good amount of smoke. This particular blend is mild, as was the natural bundle. I prefer the natural wrapper, which adds spice to the flavors. The maduro, is not bad, but I would prefer a bigger flavor boost. At the end of the day, a good value smoke. I can't wait to see another sale of the Fonseca overruns. I will surely order several bundles of the larger ring gauge sizes.”
“I recently reviewed these overruns, but felt compelled to re-review them since I have ordered several more bundles. This time I got the maduro version of the petite corona, 4.5" X 40 & a natural wrapped Pequeno robusto. They are 4" X 48. (a guess, since the package did not have the dimensions printed) The maduro petite corona is a good solid offering. As with all the types I have tried in this line, they are mild bodied. The maduro wrapper does add just a bit of a kick, but they remain mild/medium. I slightly prefer the natural wrapper version, but both are good values. Consider most of the larger ring gauge cigars in this line to be 25/30 minute smokes. The Pequeno robusto bundle is interesting, in that it seems to have a different flavor profile than the rest of the vitolas I have tried in this line. A pleasant, mild bodied 30 minute burn, with an underlying tobacco flavor. Hints of mild spice & nuts are present. Amazingly, the nutty flavor reminds me of peanut butter. It actually is a good flavor, just odd, in that I can't remember a cigar with that particular taste. The everyday price on these is good & the recent discount made them even a better value. All in all, I think they are decent everyday smokes that won't drive you into the poor house. Grab a bundle or 2 if mild bodied quick smokes with a top notch pedigree appeal to you. If you are looking for big flavor & full bodied overruns or 2nds, you will need to look to some of the other offerings like the 90+ rated or the Super Premiums.”
“I ordered these feeling a bit inquisitive....I had mixed reviews based on my first 5 sticks. Two smoked very well and really seemed high quality, but 2 were very difficult on the draw, and the fifth was a rough start, but finished very well. After I let the cigars sit in my humi for a couple of months, the darling these little sticks are really began to shine. Ever since, I have been happy to include these in my humi as a great go to daily smoke.
From someone who finds these a great value, test the draw before lighting these, and smoke them when you have access to another if the draw is not smooth before lighting. At the price point, if you find two cigars out of 20 that you know are sold as seconds that do not live up to a 93 rating, just put it back and give another stick a go.”
“Is the half corona that is out of stock being reordered? Good smoke at CI prices, win, win!
“The palmitos... the first one I tried burned, but couldn't get any smoke out which was strange because the draw wasn't bad. Then the wrapper popped off. I tried another....a little more smoke obtained but had a musty taste....”
“You people need to shut up about these cigars, or they will be out of stock forever. Move along, nothing to see here.”
“Bought a bundle of the half corona's and really enjoyed them. However when I saw they were out of stock I bought the panatella's. A bit tighter draw but still very enjoyable. Great price! I would like to see the half corona's again. How about it CI? Think that's possible?”
“I was really looking forward to the bundle of Chico's (4.0"x32) that was coming in the mail. This excitement was quelled when I tried smoking the first one. All but 5 or 6 of the 40 were wrapped so tight they were unsmokeable. I stood by the trash can and worked my way through the lot snipping and drawing (or trying to draw) in search of the smokeable ones. Of the ones that I was able to smoke, they were very mild and would be a good post breakfast or drive to work smoke. Sticking to my ACID Krush for my cigarillo fix...”
“Ordered the Panatela--this is some lovely tobacco, problem is the roll is so tight that they are unsmokeable. If you can get them to draw, you are in store for a delicious cigar. I had to cut them in half and run a drill bit through the length of the stub in order to get air flow. Tastly--yes indeed. But the the roll is so tight they won't draw at all. I let them dry as suggested by the support person. No improvement --sorry to say this was a huge tease. The cigar is flavorable but unsmokable due to the construction. Perhaps the larger ring size will be better. Again, the tobacco is excellent, but the skinny rolled cigar is hyper-dense and prevents ignition of any smoking.”
“Got the Grueso Robusto (5.5 x 52). It is an exact match to the Casa Magna Robusto, which was Cigar Aficionado’s 2008 Cigar of the Year. These overruns are an excellent smoke at an excellent price.”
“I bought these cigars because they came with a lighter and were supposedly almost half price. The lighter was great, but these smokes were thee worst I have ever bought. Burned terribly, tasted terrible. I could have smoked leaves in the backyard with more joy and saved some money. Dont mean to be bitter, I bought them and took a chance and I am trying to help you not do what I did”
“....Wrapped so tight I couldn't draw them had to throw them away....”
“I think this is the best bang for my buck by far. I got the robustos and they had great flavor, not to mention being an even smoke with a good draw. I'll always keep some in my humidor for those nights when I don't have time to smoke a pricier cigar.”
“Awesome! Sweet to the tongue with mild leathery tones. Delicious cigar!”
“Ok for a quick smoke. Nothing spectacular. 40 smokes for 29 bucks!”
“I added a bundle on a whim, and was quite surprised. While some were quite ugly, they smoked good for a mild/medium stick.... A great yard gar.”
“Just received these cigars today & fired one up. My first impression was that I had wasted my money on some smokes that I wouldn't be finishing off. However, since I know that the first impression at light up isn't always how they finish up, I figured I'd wait til it went down to the nub before judging them too harshly. I'm glad I did!
The stick is well made, firm & tightly packed. In fact, the end was too tight & I had to get past the first puffs & "Knead" it a bit for it to draw better. Hoping this is unique to this one cigar, although not a big deal after I squeezed a bit. As to the taste, I'm glad I was patient here as well. I didn't like the initial taste. Probably not a bad taste, just a bit more pungent than I like in a good cigar (if I was patient enough to age them a bit, that might help) but as I continued to smoke, a wonderful thing happened. It smoothed right out, stayed consistent & finished really well. All in all, a pretty good smoke & definitely well worth the money spent.”
“Very good cigar for the price. I have smoked half of my purchase no problem.”
“I bought these for when the boys get together as an inexpensive alternative. Had one right out of the bundle and was impressed with the draw, flavor and burn. Not the best but very good especially considering the price! I'll be keeping a bundle on hand!”
“I was looking for something economical to smoke on breaks and bought the Chicos. After a week in my humidor I hoped it was time to give them a shot. The first one was much like many of the other reviews, too tight to smoke. I called Customer Service after reading through the reviews to see about sending them back. The nice gentleman explained about high humidity during shipment and recommended setting them out for a week to dry out. It's summer and humidity is running 78% so I was doubtful, but I tried it. In addition to doing this I put one in the refrigerator for a few hours as a friend recommended. Perfect draw and a very enjoyable little cigar. Great suggestion from a very patient person who has learned to deal with complaints with compassion and understanding. I'll be looking for these in the future.”
“I didn't know Fonsecas had sweetened caps! I had memories of a true Fonseca, and was extremely disappointed. Not a fan of sweetened tips.”
“Nice flavorful stick... wish I had found these earlier; I sure would have been ordering them more, but I will be making up for lost time...”
“good smoke, nice body, mostly holds up well burns evenly”
“Nice maduro but wrapper is kind of messed up. Nice taste.”
“Gave these a shot for a quick evening smoke. Nice.”
“My first bundle of the Palmitas was extraordinary, full of flavor and well constructed, with only two or three having draw problems. So I quickly ordered two more bundles of MMAO, and have been disappointing ever since. Only about five out of both bundles have been worth smoking, the rest are so so tightly wrapped and dry there is no draw whatsoever. These are hit and miss, great if you get lucky, but not worth the risk.”
“I purchased the 5x 32s and a lot of reviews said these cigars are hard to draw - yikes! I've had to cut them in half and skewer them to make them worth anything. I don't want to work that hard to have a quick smoke. Will not purchase again.”
“Unfortunately I must parrot the other reviews. Bought 3 bundles of those Palmitas...way too tightly wrapped. could not smoke 'em. Exchanging them for Chicos, which I had last summer and loved. I have to admit I am skeptical about them after reading these reviews. We shall see!”
“I taste a wonderful Cameroon, delightful, makes me want a big ol' La Aurora...”
“These sticks are not bad for the money. If you want a cheapie to smoke while you do yard work, these are it.”
“I must say the panatelas were really good with a medium
creamy wood flavor, a couple were tight but they smoked well for 1$ each GOOD DEAL..”
“I added these on to my order on a whim. Actually enjoyed them. There's a sweetness in the flavor, pretty mild, extremely quick burn. If you're going to smoke these, cut a very small hole to slow the draw. That improves the flavor as well.”