Smoked 1 October 2010. Box code AUS MAR 10, in humi since 30 August 2010. I smoked this quite late on a Friday night so my tasting notes may be slightly affected by what I’d eaten and drank beforehand.
I’d heard good things about the Jose L. Piedra Petit Cazadores with a few years on them, from a couple of people. If you look around they can be found for an exceptionally good price. For these reasons I thought they were worth a punt without trying a single.
These are still very young but thought I’d try anyway, just to establish a baseline and to see what the construction was like. I accompanied this with a glass of Laphroaig Quarter Cask Scotch whisky.
Pre-light, it had a slightly sour smell – indistinguishable what it was but pleasant. Certainly not an attractive-looking Cuban cigar by any means, but as they are made for a certain price point it was not really a surprise. No issues with the draw as expected for a cigar with Tripa Corta filler.
Now I don’t know whether I’m alone in finding a particular taste common to all ‘handmade/short filler’ cigars, but that was also present in this. Not a bad taste, just something I notice. This Petit Cazadore actually wasn’t bad at all considering its youth and price point. I got hints of chocolate and raisin with the slightest touch of orange peel, but little taste progression throughout the duration.
That said, these definitely need leaving alone for quite some time, especially when there are better cigars out there to smoke.