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Written by Frank Flores

Thursday, 05 February 2009

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How often does it happen that the weather is just perfect for a cigar, not to hot, not to cold, not to humid, and not to windy. Well that happened to me the other day so I just had to grab me a smoke and head outside. Now the hard part, what to smoke.

 Not to long ago Frank Santos of Reyes Family Cigars had sent me some cigars to try out. He sent me the two Reyes Family cigars, and some Cuba Ailados cigars. One was the Cuba Aliados Anniversary which I have smoked before and enjoy. It was already gone. Another Cuba Aliados had a red band on it. Well went I went to my humidor that holds some singles in it this cigar just happened to be starring at me, so I grabed it.

It is a Toro size cigar, medium in color, nice looking wrapper and looks well conctructed. Like I said the band is red, flat on the bottom and a round crown on the top. It say "CUBA ALIADOS" on it. So I head outside and light this baby up. Right away I am hit with a flavor of toast and almonds. A combo I don't think I have ever tasted in a cigar before but I sure was liking it. As I smoked this cigar it was clear that it was very complex with its flavor, was medium in body and very smooth. The flavor if this cigar keep changing on me. The almond went away only to be replaced with what I would call a sweet hay flavor. Along with the sweet hay was green grass. The sweet hay seemed to stay for most of the cigar, but the flavors with it changed often. From green grass to toast, back to green grass, then cedar, then back to hay and toast. I was getting into the last third of the cigar and was thinking what else can this baby throw at me. Yeah it must have been reading my mind. How about a taste of grilled meat for a couple of puffs, have never tasted that before either but it was nice. The cigar finished with a strong cedar with some spice. The only time I picked up any spice in the cigar.

Man I was impressed with this cigar. It turned out to be a great smoke on this perfect day. There are many times I can smoke a cigar and don't pick up certain flavors, but that day it just worked out perfect.

I emailed Frank Santos to find out what this cigar was. Turns out this is a Miami made cigar. Here is the info on it. "Rolled in Miami - production is only 200 cigars per day. Habano wrapper / Sumatra binder / DR & Nic fillerWe just started shipping these to select retailers, not too many. "

I have seen Reyes Family cigars get a bad rap from time to time on cigar forums. "To mild, not enough flavor etc etc". Well let me tell you that even though this isn't a full body smoke it is complex with plenty of flavor. So keep an eye out for these cigars. They will have the red band, but they will also have a white band under it with "Limited Miami Edition" on it, as well as a cedar sleveve with "Limited Miami Edition" stamped on it.




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