Cu-Avana Short Cigar Review


This cigar comes with a maduro or a Dominican grown, Connecticut seed wrapper. The one that I am smoking is the latter. It looks good, doesn’t have any significant imperfections and is somewhat oily. This Cu-Avana feels a little soft to the touch. I am smoking the Toro (6″x50) vitola that retails for less than $3.00 for this review.


Oak, some spice and a lot of burnt tobacco flavors. It is a mild cigar with a good draw and an even burn. Vanilla and some sweetness are also present.

The flavors are not very strong nor are they complex. There are more negatives with this cigar than there are positives.


It is just a boring cigar; mild and flavorless. Well, not completely flavorless. Beyond the slight spice, the faint vanilla, awful burnt tobacco and sweetness there is this grotesque aftertaste that comes on near the end. At first I wasn’t able to pinpoint at first. And then memories of childhood illnesses came flashing back once I realized that the flavor that I hated was exactly like taking some liquid antibiotic.

In a couple of hours I am going to post a review of the Alec Bradley Medalist, which, if you buy ten or more, will cost you only slightly more than this cigar. Plus, it’s better.

1 point

Occidental Reserve Short Cigar Review

Pre-Smoke: This is a cheap cigar and it looks like one. Veins, stretch marks and a couple of holes mar the light wrapper. It isn’t very oily and it feels evenly packed.

Smoking the Robusto (4 7/8″ x 50) vitola.

Smoke: This must be what smoking a chicken bone tastes like. Harsh, burnt flavors dominate. There is some oakiness in the background that shows me that this cigar isn’t a complete waste. But it’s close to being one.

On the bright side it does draw and burn well. It’s a very mild cigar but that isn’t my problem with it. The flavors are nearly all negative. As I near the end of this cigar I get a strong tobacco flavor that isn’t good.

After-Smoke: Look, I know that this is a cheap cigar and that my expectations should be considerably lower – and they were. But, besides the negligible oak flavor all the other flavors were harsh and it just wasn’t much fun smoking.

1 point

Camacho Havana Monarca Cigar Review

Camacho is one of those brands that I came into after smoking cigars for a while. For some reason or another they just weren’t carried in my local shops (not much is). I gave high marks to the Camacho Coyolar but just average ratings for the Camacho SLR Maduro and the Camacho Corojo Natural. Hopefully, the Camacho Havana will be as good as the Coyolar but even if it’s just as good as the other ones that will be fine with me.

It’s veiny, there are a bunch of bumps all over the place and there are a couple of holes in the wrapper. Not a good start. This cigar feels a little soft as well. The wrapper is rough to the touch but it is oily.

After looking at the Camacho website I found out that the tobaccos used in this cigar are grown in the Jamastran Valley, Honduras. The wrapper is criollo while the binder and filler tobaccos are corojo. It’s offered in 9 different regular vitolas and three special vitolas that are aged an extra three years. They are made in Danli, Honduras (satellite map).

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras
Price: around $5.35

Turbo Fire!

The first thing that is noticeable is the slightly loose draw. After that you will notice that this robusto produces more smoke than an old school bus that has been out of commission since the Clinton administration. And then comes the flavor.

It starts with a burnt graham cracker flavor. There is also a significant burnt flavor as well. Then comes a progressively strong candied cherry flavor. As you can imagine this is not the best mix of flavors that I have ever smoked but, on the whole, it isn’t bad.

One of the things that I am noticing about Camacho cigars is that their strength gradually builds. The Camacho Havana starts out medium bodied and then builds to being medium-full bodied. Not a big jump but a jump nonetheless. The burn is even.

88 points