I'm always up for a little friendly competition, so when a friend challenged me to find good cigars under $5, I gladly accepted. To find all cigars under $5 that we've reviewed, click here (NOTE: It's a small list).
Today we're reviewing a cigar I used to smoke while in college, the Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial Rothchilde Maduro. While it's a good looking cigar, it's not a cigar that costs a lot.
On the cold draw, the tobacco had flavors that were very green. But the draw was perfect. So, can you find good cigars under $5? Let's find out!
Brand: Saint Luis Rey
Line: Reserva Especial
Size: 5 x 54
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras
Although the Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial is a cigar that costs under $5, it seems to be fairly well made. Though there were some burn issues, they quickly resolved themselves and evened out without me having to do anything.
That said, the flavors are just ok. This cigar doesn't taste like it's been sitting in an aging room and maturing for any length of time. However, the flavors aren't harsh or bitter; they just seem green or immature. The flavors I do get from the cigar are of cedar, perhaps some floral notes, and grass. The aroma is nice, but the flavors just aren't doing it for me.
But with a good burn and a great price, the Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial Rothchilde Maduro earns a CigarScore 4.