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Review of Premier and Classic Reyes Family Cigars

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Reyes Family Premier and Classic Cigars

Reyes Family Premier and Classic Cigars

2009 © Gary Manelski Licensed to About.com, Inc.
Reyes Family Cigars, formerly Puros Indios, introduced two new lines of cigars during early 2008, shortly after master cigar maker Rolando Reyes appointed his grandson, Carlos Diez, to succeed him as the company's president. The Premier and Classic were the first cigars to use the company's new name, but other brands made by Reyes Family Cigars, such as Puros Indios, Cuba Aliados, and Roly, continue to be made.

Both the Premier and Classic lines of cigars are made in Honduras. The Premier is made with Nicaraguan filler tobaccos with Ecuadorian Sumatra Maduro wrappers. The Corona size that I smoked supported a black and blue band, and measured 6 ½ inches long with a ring gauge of 46. On the other hand, the Classic is made with a blend of filler tobaccos from Brazil, Dominican Repubulic, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, and with Ecuadorian Sumatra Natural wrappers. The Piramide #2 that I smoked supported a black and red band, and measured 6 ½ inches long with a ring gauge of 56 at the foot.

Flavor

Without a doubt, the Classic was my favorite of the two cigars. This was a mild-to-medium cigar, having a very pleasing and enjoyable taste with just a hint of spice (but not enough to be called a spicy cigar). I would rate the flavor with 4-stars. However, the Premier was a bold and robust cigar, and is probably too strong for the average cigar smoker. I also detected occasional notes of bitterness. I would rate the flavor of the Premier as 2 ½ stars. Both cigars were in my humidor for four months.

Draw and Construction

The construction of these cigars is the most interesting aspect of this review. The Premier was a bit rustic in appearance, but had a good draw. The cigar required one relight, but needed another after the cigar went out again with three inches remaining. It was not worth relighting at that point, because of the cigar's poor taste. Total smoke time was about 40 minutes. The cigar did require a few touch-up lights to even out the burn throughout the duration the smoke.

And now for the Classic. This cigar is beyond what I would call rustic, since its construction is a bit more primitive. The cigar was loosely wrapped, and felt soft in several places. When I first lit the cigar, the head immediately began to unravel. I did not think that I would even be able to smoke this cigar, but after moistening the wrapper a bit in my mouth, the cigar surprisingly held together for the duration of the smoke. However, this cigar actually felt like a bunch of tobacco leaves rolled by hand inside of another tobacco leaf (maybe like a cigar Christopher Columbus smoked when he landed in the Caribbean). The burn was uneven and the ash very flaky, but the draw wasn't too bad. The cigar needed several touch-up lights, and one relight after 55 minutes with three inches remaining. Since I enjoyed the taste of the cigar, I did relight it and smoke it down to two inches remaining, resulting in a total smoke time of one hour and 15 minutes. Not a pretty sight, but a good tasting cigar.

Value

Reyes Family Premier Corona cigars are sold in boxes of 20 for around $110, while Classic Piramide's are sold in boxes of 40 for around $220, or about $5.50 apiece for each type of cigar. Buying single sticks will result in a higher cost per cigar. I cannot recommend the Premiers, but the Classics are worth a try if you are smoking at home and not out in public. Due to the primitive construction and appearance of those cigars, I don't think you would want to be observed (by anyone) with stogies that look and burn like you rolled them yourself. The 3-star overall rating at the top of this page applies to the Classic, with the Premium being a full point lower. If it wasn't for their primitive construction, the flavor of the Classics would warrant four stars, in my opinion. Give them a try in a five-pack or as a single, but buying a box of 40 may be too much of a risk.

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