The second cigar of the night was a Los Statos de Luxe Selectos. A Corona sized cigar from a brand that these days is known for some “cheapo” machine mades that still can be found with some age on it you might ask. And this makes the Tasting of the Titans? Well, the eyebrow raiser was the “totalmente a mano” stamp paired with the boxing date CB NISA which dates the cigars to 1996. Way over the date that they are commonly known to be produced as handmade cigars. Now we really had to get to the bottom of this and see if this was worth anything!
But first lets answer the most important question: Is this stick really worth something? And I can tell you that I still have not made up my mind yet even as I am writing this. 🙂 One fellow titan had a more to the point opinion right the same night: it sucked. The other Titan certainly did not find good words for it either writing about his experience with it online. I feel that my stick was not really THAT bad and boring, but already unwrapping the cigar from its cellophane and cedar sheet revealed that it practically had no smell. Only in “cold draw” it revealed some tobacco notes. And these (luckily) were the predominant ones thru out the smoke. Even if we all had to look really hard for them. 🙂
The flavors thru out were very much influenced by the way the cigar was smoked. When taking light puffs there was not much of anything but faint tobacco taste. Only drawing stronger resulted in more expressive taste as there was leather or even some roasted beans. The cigar also had a floral note to it through out the whole smoking time. This really made it noteworthy for me but not really satisfying. Another thing we concluded upon as well, that this was certainly no long filler cigar. Could not be as there where little “flakes” of tobacco everywhere. But guess what, “totalmente a mano” was used for machine bunched and hand wrapped cigars during the time this box is from. So I guess it really fits into the marcas profile and technique as it is a machine made.
As I have written, certainly a noteworthy experience but honestly, you can pass on this cigar if you get across one in a shop and live a happy life anyway. There are way better machine made smokes out there! And I do admit that I really like to smoke machine mades from time to time. It is more or less easy to get a hold of some mid-nineties boxes and some of them really have that old school tobacco taste mixed with black tea that I really love. As for the remainders in the 10 count box that we smoked out of this evening, I will certainly re-visit this box in a few years but I guess it would be close to a miracle if there would be any major improvement…