Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicarguan Criollo
Vitola: Mareva (5 ½ x 42)
Purchase Link: Rojas / OSOK Los Tejanos
LOS TEJANOS REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Closed foot: check. Favorable ring gauge: check. Pepper, grilled meat, and earth punch me in the face and prompt me to pull out my wallet to make sure I haven’t lost my man card. It’s still there, but I’m easing up on the retrohale. The addition of some sweetness balances the blend tremendously.
Halfway through and flavors are consistent. Vegetal notes. After a relight, I feel like I’m planning a breakup; this isn’t a bad cigar, but we just don’t jive.
I’d smoke it again if I felt lonely.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Jazz.
Pairing Suggestion: Cream soda.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
LOS TEJANOS REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar starts with a blast of pepper off the semi-closed foot. Then we rolled into notes of cream, earth, clove, molasses, cocoa, umami, and a nice nutty aroma. The second half added coffee notes and amped up the earth notes. In the final third, meatiness got added to the mix.
The draw was on the slightly looser side, but it gave me no problems. The cigar burned consistently well throughout the experience. If you're someone who likes a lot of smoke output, this cigar delivers. The wrapper is quite toothy; this would be a cigar the tooth fairy might come take from you. Don't put it under your pillow.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Bolder smokes that don't skimp on complexity.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
LOS TEJANOS REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: It’s a corona sized stick this week and I’m stoked. I have a couple of friends, you know who you are, who always try and get me on the robusto wagon and admittedly, there are quite a few I really enjoy in the robusto size. Corona though, that’s my jam. This little gem has a relatively dark wrapper and an almost completely closed foot. The cold draw is a little more closed than I would like it. I taste green apple and a little bit of sourdough bread on the cold draw.
Flavors in the first section include chalky cocoa, a tart fruit note and a bit of pepper spice. Also getting a mild campfire smoke flavor. It’s a crazy sounding combo but it’s working.
Working through the middle, more of that tangy fruit note mixed with wood, coffee and some hickory flavors.
End portion loaded with tangy wood notes, bread, coffee and some vegetal notes. Typically, those aren’t that great but this mixture is certainly enjoyable enough. Chink in the armor has been relights; I’ve had three.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Cigars with bright tasting notes.
Pairing Suggestion: Gin and Tonic.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5-pack.
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