Cuba Aliados cigars are made in Honduras by renown cigar maker Rolando Reyes, who also makes Puros Indios, Roly, and several other popular brands of Reyes Family cigars. The Cuba Aliados cigars are made with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, and Nicaraguan wrappers. These cigars are available in several sizes, but I chose the Toro size for this review, which measures 6 inches long with a ring gauge of 53.
Cuba Aliados cigars are full bodied smokes, and will be enjoyed the most by experienced cigar smokers. The flavor is somewhat unusual and hard to describe, but it seemed to be a mixture of cocoa and pepper. Cocoa is the predominate flavor for the first half of the cigar, with subtle hints of pepper in the background. However, after the half-way point, the taste of the pepper took over as the predominate flavor.
Draw and Construction
The appearance of the cigar was just a tad on the rustic side, but the cigar was very well made, had a great draw, a nice even burn, and held a long and impressive looking ash. No relights or even touch-up lights were required throughout the duration of the smoke. It took about 45 to 50 minutes to smoke the cigar down to 2 inches remaining.
A box of 20 Cuba Aliados Toro cigars should cost about $75, which works out to an average of $3.75 per stick. As usual, when single cigars are purchased, the price will be somewhat higher. This is a pretty good value for a good tasting full bodied cigar, which is typically more expensive than a mild stogie. I would not recommend these for beginners, but experienced cigar smokers should give them a try.