Puros Indios Viejo in Spanish literally means ‘pure Indian old’. It is a traditional Cuban style cigar with the Rolando Reyes Sr. signature on the familiar green label. I bought a box during a local promotion because I have never been disappointed with any cigars from the Puros Indios brand and wanted to try one of their newer blends. The cigar is 5 ½ inches long with a ring gauge of about 45. They are sold in boxes of 15 and range is price from as low as $42 to as high as $75 a box.
This is a mild to medium flavored cigar and a good choice for both the beginner and experienced smoker. The taste starts out with a very woodsy flavor with hints of coffee and cocoa probably coming from the Ecuador-Sumatran wrapper combined with the Brazilian, Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The taste was very consistent as expected from my experience other Puros Indios cigars and also very singular staying with the original flavors as it burned down to below 2 inches.
This cigar had the great aromas of the old traditional Cuban-style cigars that everyone remembers from the 1950’s (or at least those of us old enough to remember). The smoke was thick, white and had a nice earthy nose (Can you say ‘nose’ when talking about cigars?). Anyway, my wife did not complain about this one like she usually does.
Draw and Construction
The cigar is made in Honduras with an Ecuador-Sumatran wrapper, Ecuador binder and a blend of Dominican, Brazilian and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The cigar has nice visible veins like the old fashioned hand-rolled’s and an interesting band that was not stuck to the cigar like some bands but rather folded back and stuck to itself to insure that you would not damage your cigar whenever you decided to remove it. I used a ¼ cigar punch to open the end and the draw was nice and easy. Although the burn started uneven by the time it had burned for 15 minutes it had evened out. The ash fell off at 2 inches and I finally set it down to burn out by itself at 1 ¾ inches after about 1 hour.
The Puros Indios Viejo is a good medium priced cigar and there are plenty of deals out there. It is not a ‘boutique’ cigar but a new blend of the classic cigars that made Puros Indios and Rolando Reyes Sr. a legend in the industry. Don’t just pass by that green label or you will be missing out on a great smoking experience.