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“Just got these in the mail today. They are great cigars, even right out of the box. A few days in my humidor should make them even better. Its not the best cigar i have smoked but it is a boatload better than some $10 sticks i have smoked. For a buck and some change a stick, you just cant go wrong, and have plenty to smoke on.”
“I ordered a box of the bulldogs (30)...let them set for a week with a humi pillow in their own box...very nice, smooth, great white ash and no bitterness...great to unwind with late at night while surfing the cigar site...the wooden box in itself is a great humi! I gave 10 of them to my buddy...liked them equally well...just an all around great cigar! Will buy again.”
“This is a great cigar that gets even better with a little time in the humidor. Smooth with a good draw and long ash. Better get yours before CI catches on and raises the prices like they did with the pirates gold-another great smoke.”
“With a name like John Bull and a bulldogs face on the label you may be thinking this cigar is destined for CI's un-smokable page. You would be dead wrong. This is a very good mild cigar with an even burn, nice ash, large amounts of smoke and a creamy taste, ranks up there with Gispert 5 VEAGS gold! John bull proves a cigar doesn't have to cost a house payment to be truly good.”
“....this is a great cigar , if you like smoldering newspaper.
Don't waste your money, I'm sorry I wasted mine....”
“These caught my attention when I saw a box (not bundle) of 30 (not 20) for 1.66 a stick. I took a chance and am suprised how good they are. Cream and cedar with a little spice, in my opinion a near perfect cigar. Excellent burn and draw they compare favorably with Gispert, and 5 Vegas gold. From now on this will be my regular go to smoke.”
“This is a Great smoke for a $1.80 a pop. I favor the Robusto for its large ring size, which makes for a cool smoke. It smokes mild and smooth. Construction is excellent, with a perfect wrapper and a securely attached cap that always cuts cleanly. Burn is even and the draw has never been plugged or overfilled. This has become my everyday favorite and I haven't found a cigar in its price range that comes close.”
“Bought a box of the Presidentes last week. Have smoked five this week and have enjoyed all of them. Have never tried Ashtons but Steve-o's review was right on about this being an above average smoke for the money. Starts mild but seems to strengthen a little about half way through. At the current price, will definitely be buying more.”
“I'm confused by the negative feedback below; Ashton reps, perhaps? I've smoked a fair number of John Bulls ever since Steve posted his review back when and have enjoyed every one. In fact I just returned from a trip to Texas and this was the cigar I smoked on the road with my coffee. I enjoyed it in most of the Southeast and in part of the Southwest. Thousands of miles later I still like 'em. Creamy, mild, & oh-so-easy on the wallet.”
“a very tasty mild smoke, a great change from the heavier cigars I typically enjoy. Good yard gar or morning smoke with a cup of joe.The price is spot on and quality is good”
“I have to agree with TH of NC. This cigar is not bad. Easy draw, slow burn, mild. The other two are acting as if they are smoking a King Edward or White Owl or other machine made. This is not bad at all. I would buy again.”
“Not a bad smoke, mild , nothing really bad to report on this stick. I've haven't had a problem with keeping this stick lit however towards the middle it canoed a little bit but it easily corrected itself. I was surprised with its packaging for the price of a box of 30 it came in a very nice cedar lined box. Seems like other competitors at this price range just roll em up in a wheel or wrap in plastic.”
“the staff review comparing this to Ashton is utter nonsense....i wont buy again”
“I was very reluctant to try John Bull, despite the positive reviews. I mean, how could a cigar cost under $2 a stick and still be worth smoking (other than while mowing the grass)? I finally broke down and boy was I AMAZED! This cigar smokes extremely well. Perfect, even burn. Perfect draw. Mild, yet complex flavor akin to Ashton or even AVO yet way less. This has become my daily go-to cigar; ahead of many other more expensive ones in my humidor. What a find!”
“I honestly have to agree with the negetive reviews. I orders a box of the Sir Winstons (churchills) and am very dissapointed. After reading the most recent reviews I was optomistic about these but the optimism is misplaced. The cigars I smoked had little to no flavor. They did burn pretty well if not a little fast for about the first half but after that I had a difficult time keeping them lit. My humi is sitting about 70 - 71 percent and my other smokes don't have the same problem. After wasting this money (and other purchases for some cheaper smokes) I think I am going to keep buying better cigars.”
“I love these, I hope they're always available! Perfect mild taste, perfect draw, always burn perfectly as well. My every day cigar, I buy them by the box!”
“Got a ten pack in the Bulldog size. Good cigar. Excellent burn and very well made. Good flavor. Mild/med. Nice change from my usually med/full favorites. Great value.”
“I have smoked two John Bulls and both have been great! They are mild but very flavorful with hints of creamyness and cedar. They are a very nice change from the heavier cigars I usually smoke. I am ordering a box and they may possibly become my new go to cigar. Best bang for your buck! At just over a dollar a stick, they can't be beat! I have smoked top shelf cigars that weren't as enjoyable. They will definitley be put in to my cigar rotation.”
“Because of fan reviews I've purchased many good cigars in the lower price range, such as the; Calle Ocho, and Dan Rafael. Taking advandage of the; "Make me an offer" web page. Something you need to try if you haven't gone to the site yet. I had a chance to order a 10 cigar sampler for a low price. Unless this John Bull changes on my second cigar, this was one time that I'm in the minority in not liking the cigar at all. However, I've learned that leaving cigars in a humidor for a long amount of time can really make a difference. Because of the bad experience I had with the one John Bull I smoked, it will be two months before I try another one. Unless the rest in the humidor turns this cigar into a different flavor, I want be ordering any more. Again, there was a cigar I ordered from CI called; Oliveros XL Bold. The first time I tryed this cigar was right off the truck. I disliked it so much that I buried down in one of my humidors and forgot about them for over two months. One day as I was looking for a cigar to smoke I saw one of these. The humidor had perfomed an act of majic, and turned this cigar into one I have to keep on hand. If this happens with the John Bull, I will update my review. As of now, the week in the humidor didn't produce a cigar that I would purchased nor suggest.”
“Pros: Cheap, nice box, good looks, has a name.
Cons: Frequently need to re-ignite, some tunneling, inconsistencies in cigar, some are hard others a little mushy, some bitterness toward end of smoke.
Will I buy it again? No, unless they improve it. Lot of better cigars priced in this range.”
“Use these as my puff-and-toss when walking the dog. If you don't birddog 'em, they'll stay mellow and creamy. Give 'em some time in the humi and don't expect a Tatuaje and you can't go wrong. Rule Brittania!”
“Got these as I am new to cigars and wanted something Mild. I must say not a bad flavor right out of the box, a little harsh burning, but after 24 hours in the Humidor they are much much smoother. I set a few aside for the next few days. Well worth the money however for a <$2.00 a stick smoke.”
“Bought my first box of Crown Corona. I read some of the reviews that suggest they were not very good but the box quantity and price made me give them a try. I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor, draw, ash and creamy smoke. Smoking the cigar slowly (slow draw without rushing in-between draws) I found the cigars to be quite good. I am looking forward to smoking the rest of the box and purchasing more in the future. Great every day smoke in my opinion. Of course I am not a cigar afficianato or expert but they were quite pleasurable. I believe I made a good choice.”
“I agree with all the positive reports on the John Bull. I had bought a couple of the Prime Ministers when I was out of town and loved them. Upon returning home I couldn't find them locally and was diappointed! Low and behold CI had them and I instantly bought a box of them. Trust me for the $ you can't go wrong with them! They are my go to stick in the humidor. Kudo's to CI, I won't buy any place else...”
“A month ago I bought, for the first time ever, a Box of John Bull, Presidentes, and every one had a great draw and tasted fine, though I have had better flavor from many cigars. A week ago, I bought another box of the same cigars, and was sorely disappointed with the consistency.
Every other smoke allowed barely visible smoke through it. The draw was very tight and, of course, then the smoke gets very hot long before the end. I'm finished with John Bull. Too bad, because I really like the size with the larger ring gauge.
But, on a lighter note, the best inexpensive cigar I've smoke is the Palma Real. Completely consistent for 15 years now.