I've been getting a lot of this lately: "Gonz ya gotta try ....." and usually it's something like Montecristo White or Graycliff PGX or Avo 80th Anniversary. Fellas, fellas, come'on now. That's just not me, Avo 80th at $324 per box, yikes. I'd be sleeping in the shed. However, just a few weeks ago I got this from FC of Whitehall, PA:
For months John & Matt at the retail store have tried to get me to smoke Pirates Gold. I turned my nose up just like I did to 5 Vegas (sidebar: wife keeps asking me lately what is my infatuation with 5 Vegas lol). So I finally picked up a 5 pack a week or two ago of the #4 Maduro. YUM!
We're talking about $1.25 per stick for a 4-5 year old smoke dude. If you're like me and you like to know you're getting a surf 'n turf for the price of a happy meal, then dig in. Where's the Gonz review on these beauties? Ok maybe beauty is a little over the top, we all know Rolando Reyes can blend with his eyes closed and his wrappers look like his eyes WERE closed... but its a great smoke for the price and if you pass on this one - then I feel sorry for ya man.
Grab a cup 'o joe and a Pirate's Gold and do it some justice with a Gonz review. Hell I can tell you I taste hints of spanish peanuts, eastern spanish, harvested in july... but I don't. I just taste some great tobacco for one hell of a price.
Well dude, I can tell you this much, Happy Meals are a staple in my household and if I ever open up one of those bags and find a prime rib du jour, I'll be singing from the top of the slide in the McDonald's play room. FC, you're on the money with this one and I can't deny, the treat inside these bundles is much better than that crazy little Spiderman spinning top I can't get to work right from my last Happy Meal. The age on these Pirate's Gold should be reason enough to try them and I didn't hesitate to pick up some maduros and some naturals.
The prelight aesthetics are much better than my comrade in Whitehall gives them credit for. The wrappers are toothy and splotchy, but fairly smooth and consistent - very characteristic of Senor Reyes' handiwork. Upon initial lighting you'll find a milder blend than you might remember from the ones of a few years back, and the aging shows. An aromatic body filters through and softens an otherwise powerful cigar mellowed by years in the aging room. There are no peanuts in this blend, but perhaps a slight cocoa flavor on the finish (particularly with the maduro) but the finish disappears almost instantly. I've been puffing these incessantly and although I thought my palate had matured I still get a slight rush - characteristic of its Nicaraguan/Honduran blend. A well-made cigar that you can smoke all day, it does indeed complement any adult beverage and won't overpower.
One considerable difference I found with this vs. other Rolando Reyes' cigars are that these don't soften toward the end. They remain firm and never burn hot so you can smoke them down to the nub. That was an initial concern considering the thickest ring is a 46.
Regardless of what the rest of you cigar crazies think, I'm a big fan and if you don't like them, that leaves more for me!