There are numerous reasons why I like and dislike cigars. Taste, construction, appearance, duration of the smoke, volume of smoke and many other factors determine whether I describe a cigar as a gem or a vomit-inducing turd. Because I grew up in an era where babysitting equated to sitting a little one in front of a Sega or Playstation, I find it difficult to pay much attention. As a result, when it comes to cigars, I cannot have me a stogie that keeps the same flavor from start to finish. That normally is described as “consistency,” but I describe that as “boring”.
Hence, my rant brings me to the Puros Indios Viejo Maduro, a cigar that DOES NOT make my Top 10 nor my Top 100. It’s a cigar that could possibly make samplers titled “Two-buck Chucks”, “Poor Man’s Dessert,” maybe even “Dog Food Frenzy.” With that said, it’s NOT that bad to me! Let’s dive into this menagerie that is the Puros Indios Viejo Maduro so I can let you know why I like it.
Aesthetically, this is kind of like that ugly girl that sits at the front of the classroom but still lets you copy her homework. Not beautiful in a sense, but because of her personality she’s very tolerable. Pre-light, the Viejo has the slightest aroma of basement (certainly not a bad thing) with filler tobaccos hailing from Reyes’ country of Honduras. A natural and maduro Sumatra wrapper is offered on the Viejo, but good luck determining the difference. However, what the Viejo lacks in construction and appearance it makes up for in 5 different size offerings. Because each size tastes fairly similar to me, I will simply rate the Puros Indios Viejo Maduro as a whole, versus an individual size.
The Viejo is fairly light in the hand with a slightly spongy texture. It’s not a real densely packed smoke which provides for a nice rustling of filler tobaccos when the cigar is rolled between the thumb and forefinger (commonly known as the pinch test). The wrapper leaf contains a slight oiliness which gives the cigar a dull shine but also contributes to the suitable construction.
I’m surprised as I light up this ‘gar…a semi-sweet taste, a considerable spice and a plume of white smoke right from the jump. Through the first quarter-inch, I’m exceptionally surprised at the quality of the Viejo. The draw is above par-for-the-course and at this point I’m somewhat taken back at how much I’m enjoying a cigar which, sad to say, I made prior judgments.
But just when I’m about to chalk this one up as a win, disaster strikes and I catch notes of singed cedar and tumbleweed. Bitterness surrounds the top of my palate about half-an-inch into the cigar and, unfortunately, my preconceived notions of a bargain cigar were proving wry.
This certainly wasn’t an epic failure of a cigar but the urge to put it down was great. Hence, the very millisecond I had made my decision to abandon my Viejo something happened that tickled my fancy; the cigar regained its original taste! Seriously, it went from tasty, to brackish, to tasty again! Then after a few puffs, the deliciousness turned into bitterness. Suddenly thereafter, it was flavorsome again!!! What the hell is going on!?!?!
This is where the part about a cigar keeping my attention comes in: Combine the good with the bad…and this cigar had me fully entertained! The beginning, middle and finish were back-forth, back-forth, back-forth. Like stated before, not a bad thing if it’s not boring!
Overall, I WOULD smoke this cigar again and I DO suggest this cigar to customers at the CI Super-Store if I feel it will fit their flavor profile. Medium-bodied, fairly flavorful and VERY eventful!
My expert thought for the day: “While reading this, if you pronounced the word ‘Viejo’ as ‘Vee-ay-hoes’ in your head, you’re on the right track. If you’re pronouncing it ‘Vee-joe’s’, you apparently opted to take German as a second language in high school.”