29th August 03:14
Review: Jose Marti Cuba Libre (cigar cigars)
Well, somebody called me on my last review, and I got busted for not doing
my homework, having referred to a cigar by size and shape, and then calling
it maduro-wrapped. The guy that called me on it thought that perhaps there
had been some new stick that the manufacturer hadn't announced before,; he
couldn't find that size in a maduro wrapper. Well, it *looked* maduro to
me - it was dark, and tasted maduro, so I went with it. Shoulda done my
So last night I grab another Mickey-stick, a Jose Marti Cuba Libre. I start
looking around, and can't find anything on this particular cigar. Maybe I'm
not looking in the right places, or maybe Mickey has presented me with
something not even available anymore. Either way, I'm now frustrated
because I know I'll probably never find another one...
The cigar was 5.5x46, and *appeared* to be a russet-colored maduro.
Construction was solid, and the wrapper was smooth, with a nice sheen.
Clipping was a bit stiff, but very crisp and clean. Pre-light gave a nice
mild earthiness. First light gave that same mild earthiness, and was very
What research I did accomplish showed that most Jose Marti cigars used
Ecuadorian and Sumatran wrapper, and Honduran and Nicaraguan filler/binder.
This came through after the first 1/2-inch, with a sweet woodiness that I
associate with Hon/Nic smokes. It rode slightly higher than the earthier
flavor, but both mixed in a nice harmony, for the first 2/3 of the cigar.
With 2/3 of the cigar left, I ran into the first burn problem. Not a major
problem, but it did need a minor correction. From that point on, a
spiciness took over the other flavors, and stayed to the end.
I nubbed the cigar at 1 inch, and enjoyed the spicy finish for the next
hour - much more finish than I had expected.
This was a very interesting cigar, considering the way the flavors changed
and mixed. I might have enjoyed it without the spicy finish, but it
certainly was not a negative point.
Once again, thanks to Mickey, and with any luck, I'll find more of these.
29th August 03:14
Review: Jose Marti Cuba Libre
Jose Marti is available at least at JR. The Cuba Libre means nothing (as far
as identification), just as Gran Reserva doesn't signify anything on a
Fuente. They come in a Nicaraguan and a Dominican version. That size is
around the Corona dominican bundle size, or the Nic remedios (5.5X44) Thanks
for the review!
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29th August 11:24
Speaking of Cuba Libre, thanks Hutch
Smoked a big 'ol CL of a size I would never think of buying for myself. I
knew that traffic would be BAD when I left work during the Everglades City
Seafood Festival so I took this monster along for the ride ( 3 miles, 1
hour, no traffic lights) I didn't mind the wait at all this year! Ohhh the
girls are right, sometimes size matters!
Thanks Hutch! (got one or two from other ASC'ers, hope to give a better
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29th August 11:27
Review: Jose Marti Cuba Libre (humidor)
Sorry to hit you again, but it's not maduro, it's EMS. <G>
According to my receipt, it's a Jose Marti Remedios, 5.50 x 44, with an EMS
wrapper, and it's been in my humidor since 8/03. You were only off 2/64 (or
1/32) on the RG, though. You're getting a pretty good eye for ring gauge.
I'm glad you liked it, though. Pretty nice for a quick smoke!