Obsidian Belicoso (by Pinar Del Rio) – Review
Size: 6.5” x 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano ligero
Binder: Dominican Criollo 98
Filler: Dominican Nicaraguan blend
MSRP: $65 for a box of 20
Background: This cigar is marketed as “Obsidian” without a manufactures name attached to it. This Obsidian is made by Pinar Del Rio and should not be confused with a cigar of the same name by Padilla. To the best of my knowledge this is an exclusive blend to Cigars International and its web sites (cigarsinternational.com, cigar.com, and cigarbid.com)
Prelight: The majority of this cigar was hidden behind a massive three and a half inch band. Although I think this band is stupid, I have never had any problems sliding one off. After sliding off the band I found a fairly well constructed cigar. It was firm with a couple medium sized veins and an oily mottled chocolate brown wrapper. There was a few blemishes but they are a lot more noticeable in my pictures than when I was looking at them. The appearance of these is a bit rustic compared to PDR’s other offering, but covering most of the cigar under a band is completely unnecessary. After clipping the slightly skewed belicoso cap I found a very free draw.
Burn: This cigar lit easy and burned without any problems. The ash held for over an inch and a half, the burn line was reasonably straight, and it had a good volume of smoke. The only issue I could find was a somewhat flakey ash. Total burn time was about an hour and a half.
Taste: Initial flavors after lighting was a rich coffee with tones of earth and leather. A retrohale brought in some spicy pepper in the nose. There was a small amount of a creamy sweetness that showed up in the background for the first third. Second third continued the nice coffee and leather and the spice in the nose came and went a few times. In the last third the coffee toned down and the leather became the main flavor with the spicy pepper stronger than it was previously. By the end of the smoke the leather was leaving a very nice long finish. I would say the majority of the cigar was a medium body and it built up to a full body.
Conclusion: I have smoked a half dozen of these and I have enjoyed every one. These are just a simple one dimensional smoke totally lacking in nuance, but that one flavor is really good especially paired with coffee. For their low cost I think these are great bargain cigar that smokes much better than its price point.
Review Notes: The cigar reviewed was in my coolidore for three months at 67% rh. I drank water and coffee while smoking. And I just want to say again the gigantic band is stupid.