Size: 5 x 50 ( Robusto )
Wrapper: Brazillian Mata Fina
Binder and Filler: Brazillian Mata Fina
Strength: Medium to Low Full
Price: ~ $6.00 USD each
Behind The Stick:
Although the Dona Flor line is decently popular within the European market, the company appears to be making a move with some of their more full bodied cigars – a sweet spot for many of the United States smokers. The naturally wrapped Alonso Menendez has been a big hit in Europe even though Dona Flor reports it was on of their ‘fuller bodied’ Brazilian cigars. The extra touch of Mata Norte tobacco as well as their specific curing and aging process adds that little dash of excitement to a brand that although is not new to the market – but is coming out with new products. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the band, Alonso Menendez is the founder and creator of the original Cuban brands Montecristo and H. Upmann as well as being a cigar legend in his own time. His son – Felix Menendez who is the creator and owner of Dona Flor, created the Alonso Menendez line to reflect the man himself – his desire, passion and tastes. Enough rambling – how is this cigar?!
This is not a ‘bad’ looking cigar – but there is just something about this cigar that comes across as ‘less than’ to me. The wrapper is evenly placed without any major issues or discolorations, the cap clipped easy and the burn was fine. Although evenly packed from head to foot, the cigar didn’t feel quite ‘squishy’ or under filled but it definitely seems to have a bit more air to it then it should.
Coffee, earth, a sweetness I can’t place and of course, the classic Dona Flor pepper ‘touch’ start this cigar off in grand fashion. The transitions are minor at best although a slow progression from a light and earthy start to a dark coffee and roasted nuts finish all the while this ‘sweetness’ that seems to ebb in and out of the picture throughout the smoke. The pepper notes definitely kicked up after the mid point but even for someone like myself who is not into the ‘pepper bombs’, it was not too much.
As I had hinted to before, this is not a cigar I would put into the ‘super premium’ category like Davidoff, Cuban Cohibas or even some of the Drew Estate line but rather I feel this fits into the exceptional ‘bundle cigar’ category. A little airy for my preferences and a little less than complex didn’t make this a bad cigar, but at ~ 6 bucks a pop I was expecting more. Had these come in a bundle of 20 for 50-75 bucks… okay, pretty damn good performance but at the price point where they are, I didn’t feel like I got shafted but I didn’t have the ‘damn this is good’ moment. That being said – in my opinion, I would smoke more but I don’t think I would jump out and buy a box just yet.
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