Size: 5.5 x 50 (perfecto)
Tobacco: Nicaraguan Puro
Price: $3.68 (online)
I have a love-hate relationship with all cigars from Cuban Crafters. I love the way they taste:
- Tio Pepe - Earthy, floral flavors
- Medina 1959 - Mild, nutty corn puff flavors
- Don Kiki Green - Mint/ginger/cinnamon aromas
- Don Kiki Brown - Heady, rich earth flavors
But construction problems seem to be endemic to these cigars: plugged, tight draw, loose draw, canoes, and flaky ash.
The Cupido Criollo Doble was no exception. It featured dark, shiny, glossy wrappers. Several cigars had alternating sweet-and-spicy flavors that I sometimes get from a really high-end criollo leaf. Aromas and draw were nice.
But I couldn't keep one of these things lit to save my life. The leaves were rolled very loose, which caused flaky ash and fast burn. I would often have to relight up to 3 or 4 times to touch up canoes or because the thing would lose its cherry in the time it took me sip my bourbon or turn the page in a book.
Maybe the problem was the perfecto shape, which I've heard tell can only be accomplished by the most skillful of rollers. If I ever try this brand again, I'll go with a larger vitola (to compensate for the loose draw and fast burn) and I'll avoid the perfecto shape