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“After smoking a few more of these, I have to say my experience is varied. Some are pretty good, others are too harsh and/or strong. This may be becaue they seem to be very sensitive to humidity variations and can dry out or be too damp very quickly. If you can keep them at the right moisture level I think they are decent for the el cheapo price. But some experimentation may be needed. At any rate I can think of several other cigars I've spent more money that were not as good.”
“....My first reaction was how can describe these as having a 38 ring size.....Anyone else notice the same thing? I suspect they will smoke OK....”
“I realy like the (Havana Classico).It has a nice smooth taste and aroma. I live in the Southern California mountains and this cigar goes good here. Also the price you can't beat.”
“I'm very happy with this cigar. It's a good, mild, even burning cigar. Not only that, but you just can't beat the price for the amount that you get. Hat's off to the folks at C.I. !”
“Man, are these things ugly. They go beyond a 'shaggy foot' with long strands hanging out. Wildly varying gauge. Ugly jet-black ash. And even a couple bands that were applied to the wrong end of the cigar!
All that being said, are they ever a tasty smoke! A welcome departure from the mild airballs commonly found in low-priced bundles. As they rest in the humi, they seem to get better and better too.”
“The 38 ring gauge is totally misleading. The Maker's Choice (similar rough unpressed type of cigar) is listed at 36 and is substantially thicker than the Havana Classico Pequenos.”
“Excellent cigar, especially for the price. Too bad they don't have a toro. (Havana Classico)”
“These(Havana Classico)are incredibly tasty! I was looking for a medium flavored cigar for my morning drive and this fit the bill perfectly.
It's a bit rough looking but don't let the looks be deceiving, this is one nice smoke!”
“I wouldn't call them a great cigar But for well under 50 cents per cigar these are not bad for a quick smoke. They are better than most cheap little cigars you can buy in retail outlets.”
“If you can find a cigar that smokes and tastes as good as these (Havana Classico) baby's for the money you
will have to show me!!”
“I wasn't sure if I would like the rough looking cigars(Havana Classico) at first, but then after trying them I think they are a great smoke. They may not look great but they have a good taste and are perfect for coffee breaks etc.
I have lately been buying them six bundles at a time.”
“I have smoked the small Havana Classico Cigars close to a year - For me, they're the cigars that I'vd been looking for. They are a perfect after lunch and dinner cigar. - I m going to miss them when they're gone. I Order the Pyramids and just got them today. They're the same great cigars as the smaller ones. Just opened one and had it out of the wrapper...They really should be even better once they have rested in the Humidor for a while”
“These cigars (Havana Classico) are not particularly attractive, definitely have the hand rolled look, but once you light it up all of your fears will be absolved. This cigar has a medium body smooth flavor that lasts the entire stick. I cannot be more pleased with the price to pleasure ratio this cigar provides. Very good smoke.”
“Viva Havana Classico Pequenos!!! This is the perfect smoke for the end of a long day of working with convicted felons and helping my wife take care of the kids and the chores. I'm generally running at full speed from 6:00am until the kids are finally all in bed at about 9:30am, and then I'm ready for some quality "Beer and Cigar" time... unfortunately I'm generally too damn tired to make it all the way through a robusto or toro. These ugly, yet thoroughly enjoyable little cigars are the perfect solution to my cigar-v-life dilema. The flavor is rich, the aroma nice, and I can smoke one in about 20 minutes. Then I can fall asleep with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head, instead of nightmares that I just wasted half a toro because i was too damn tired to smoke it all. Thanks CI for a fine end of a 16 hour day smoke!”
“Don't smoke one of these (Havana Classico) in the streets of Allentown unless you want the cops to harass you!
That said, you can smoke these all day here in Alaska (which is a big reason why I moved)!
I find the stick to be consistent with what most reviews have said although my one gripe would be the hot smoke, sorta burns the tongue a bit. I prefer something smoother and creamier, but as long as you take it easy, the flavor is top notch for the Philly Blunt price range!
I'm sure some time resting in the humi will help these babies develop. That trans-continental trip sure beats the hell out of cigars in general.
But make no mistake about it, you can't get anything resembling quality-for-price at the retail shops in Anchorage (on any type of cigar). CI all the way!
“Great cigars! My husband loves a good cigar and has tried many through the years and really likes these. His friends NEVER buy their own cigars and my husband is very generous with his. So I 1st bought these just because of the price, so he didn't have to share his more expensive ones (it adds up) but he really liked them. Everyone seems to really like these a lot! Thank you for cheap but good cigars!”
“Let me start by saying that at this price it's a good deal any way you slice it. I think one of these dark little sticks with a cup of coffee in the morning could keep a guy going til lunch. Very rich and robust but also very skinny and while I like the kick I must confess I lean more toward a Connecticut wrapper to keep things mellow. Still and unbeatable price for guys like me on a budget, thanks CI.”
“After botching my order twice CI sent me three bundles of these things as a gift for all my trouble. At first I was insulted... Until I lit the first one. Rich, dark aroma with hints of cocoa and coffee. A little mushy on the chew but the taste will blow you away. These are my new everyday smoke. Score CI!!!”
“Lit one of these up right out of the shipping box. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. But now after almost a week in the humidor, they seem like a different cigar, very mild and smooth, with a better, yet not spectacular tastes. At the price, these are worth getting a large bundle and dropping them in the humi and just forgetting about them. I can't wait to see how they taste in a month or 2.”
“Great little cigar. Perfect for my commute to work and home. Ugly but awesome taste. Can't go wrong buying these.”
“I smoke 3-4 cigars daily, so I'm always on the look out for a cheap, but decent tasting cigar, like Mark Twain. I recieved a catalog from CI and saw the Havana Classicos, went on line and read the good reviews, and ordered me some.
Tasty right out of the package, I can't wait to try 'em with a little humidor time. They burn good and have a firm grayish, white ash and the price is great.
My only complaint are these cigars are waaay thinner than the factory claimed 38 ring gauge. More like 30-32 ring gauge. Thinner than I normally smoke, but for the taste and and CI's price, I think I'll make an exception in this case.”
“Lots of lip and tongue bite, burns unevenly, will occasionally fall apart.”
“A lot of variation: Some sticks smoke great! Others tend to fall apart as I smoke them. Sometimes the burn runs deep inside the stick and leaves an unsmoked outer shell. Medium flavor is consistently good. Price is right considering the cost of tobacco these days.”
“These little guys are a hard one. I cut and lit one right off of the truck, and it was pretty good. After a week in my humi, I lit another, and man did it taste rancid! I thought maybe a few more weeks; each time I had one it was a hit or miss, some were really good, others were better suited for a friend you don't like, or maybe your worst enemy. They're ugly no doubt, but for the price, you may like them. I'd say at least give them a try, you never really will know until then.”
“This is probably the worst cigar I've ever bought.
Yes it was inexpensive but they are extremely hard to smoke. The main issue is the number of pin holes in the wrapper, when you draw it sucks all the air in from the sides. They are like trying to smoke a small flute - you have to cover the holes with your fingers to draw. I am NOT complaining about the cosmetic appearance, I thought was "spaghetti-western" style.
On top of that, the diameter is not even close to the listed size. They are advertised as a 38 ring-size but are actually between 26-30 (the sizes are not consistent since they have that hand-rolled look. I'm very dissatisfied. But, the flavor is not too bad, a little bitter towards the end.”
“Ugly little tasty gem, great short smoke for the price!”