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Vegas de Santiago Premium Cigars Reviews:


Review: Vegas de Santiago Puros Edicion Especial Robusto

Yesterday, 02:48 PM

The cigar is a firm 5" x 50 ring with a beautiful, smooth wrapper. Almost orange in color, it was unique (Costa Rican puro). The prelight draw was rich and chewy like figs/ prunes with a hickory note. Once lit, it was kind of thin and woody with tannins and tea characteristics kind of like good old corojo leaf that really isn't used anymore. I knew it would take about one inch to warm up and show me what this cigar was about. Well, at 3/4" in it started to open up with some nuanced minty herbal notes, tea, and hazelnut but stayed mainly like my initial impression. About 1 1/2" in I was rewarded with a very complex cigar that that had developed into deep ripe fruit, espresso beans, hazelnuts, some sweet citrus notes, oak tannins and some spices enhanced tenfold by the retrohale! This cigar is like a fine cuban and needs to be treated as such. I must say these puros are not for everyone much like smoking cubans versus any other country- kind of like and apples and potatoes, just because they both can be red and round does not make them remotely similar! The blending and construction is from a master in the old cuban traditions and top notch. Again, I do not believe most would understand this cigar but for those that smoke puros and cubans these are a must have and cheap at twice the price. I am not trying to come off as some cigar snob or cigar aficionado critic but the years of working with master cigar people and blending/ rolling tobacco with my own hands gives me an insight many can't or wouldn't understand- this product is a work of art and blended, rolled, and aged with a certain demographic in mind. I rate this cigar 95 on the CA scale!. Cost: $38 per bundle of 10 + s/h from Costa Rica.


Le 06.10.2016 at 8:30pm, Steve wrote :

Hi Marc,

Thank you for your reply. I've smoked cigars for about 50 years. My father was a cigar smoker and Costa Rican cigars remind me of the pre-embargo machine made cigars he smoked.

I normally smoke good cigars that are on sale and seconds. I do smoke some premium cigars and your cigars are some of the best rolled I've ever smoked. Also, whoever is blending your tobacco is an artist.




Le 24.09.2016 à 04:42, B. S. wrote :


Thank you so much for the extra samplers. That was most generous! I am really impressed with the craftsmanship of your cigars. They are so perfectly rolled. World class! 

Thank you again, and I hope your business grows. I will be purchasing from you again.



January 2010 > From Roy - Great Britain

Dear Don Fernando,   Further to my email (copy below), I am writing as promised to let you know my thoughts:   First appearance:-    The cigars looked very well constructed and of high quality. The finish was flawless.   Draw:-    Smooth and easy, but not too light. Very satisfactory.   Burn:-    Even, regular burn. Generally 'average' burn rate.   Flavour:-    It would be unfair to pass a firm opinion based on my limited numbers of each cigar smoked, but my first thoughts are: The Chaman, VDS Puros, and the Don Luis were all milder than I would usually smoke, but are nice 'day time' cigars. The differences between those three were more subtle than I would have expected. Of the other three, my favourite and most distinctive was the D8, closely followed by the Heritage, both of which had much fuller more distinct tastes - far more what I am used to. Finally the VDS original seemed to bridge the gap very ably between the milder and fuller flavoured cigars.   Overall, I was very happy with the smoking experience of your cigars. I was particularly impressed by the D8 Churchill. I look forward to trying more, probably in my more often smoked corona size.   Yours sincerely, Roy  

September 2009

Oleg a écrit :

Dear Marc,

Vegas de Santiago Puros Edicion Especial Canionazo were smoked in the blind tasting by four experts and received 8,7/10 points on the average. My opinion, non-blind, is the same: 8,7/10.  

Best regards,

Hi-Fun Media, Oleg Chechilov, Editor-in-chief "Smoke Russia" magazine


29 june 2009 From : Thomas B. Bender           "TommyBB"           Editor-in-Chief Cigar Week  Congratulations on the fine review and the four star rating. Please don't be strangers to CW. TommyBB

Some things, especially an unknown company found by chance, really are worth trying. Given a few focal points that add up to being a decent if not better smoke, Vegas de Santiago pleased me through and through. For all Costa Rican longfiller cigars, these are smooth with a bit of tooth at the same time. I especially enjoyed and recommend the Chaman and Don Luis. We'll be getting in a shipment of these before long at all. Personal Tasting Notes: Chaman/Don Luis (Churchill and Torpedo respectively) Surprisingly good build Attractive and delightfuly scented wrappers exhibiting spice and cedar Lots of body and bite Beautiful white marbled ash Firm draw but loosens when smoked A very decent deal on a unique stick A virtual unknown lends interest in public as they embody a very unique and pleasing aroma (a bit like a Romeo Real)

Rating: Gold/Plat.  


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