Brand: Ron Mexico? Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Churchill 7 x 50 Wrapper: Natural
The Label Factor:
Ummm…. well I just don’t know what to say. I guess I can’t pick on this label too much because it at least accomplishes the basic task of informing you that you are smoking a Ron Mexico. But then I can’t figure out what the deal with the guy in the suit is. It reminds me of Michael Jackson in Moonwalker, but why is he doing the Heisman pose? Your guess is a good as mine.
What We Liked:
In the circles that I hang out in, the Ron Mexico is infamous and widely considered the pinnacle of bad cigars. Being a glutton for punishment and terrible things, I had wanted to try one for a while. My opportunity arrived when a fine fellow offered to send me one for free in exchange for smoking and reviewing it. That’s a deal I can get behind…and so I did. Perhaps that fine gentleman was Ron Mexico himself. I may never know.
When you take a look at this thing, it certainly appears worthy of the $1.00 price tag. The wrapper is downright awful looking with tears in multiple locations. Large veins are prevalent throughout the papery thin, poop-brown wrapper. But, as you can tell from pictures, this Ron Mexico burned perfectly. Seriously, not a single touch up, and the ash held pretty firm. Not bad Ron…not bad at all.
To start with, I took a sniff of the unlit RM. It doesn’t smell bad exactly, but the pre-light aroma doesn’t do a whole lot to whet the appetite. Regardless, my excitement was palpable, so I lit the bad boy up.
And, well…I didn’t die. In fact, I am a little disappointed to report that this wasn’t THAT horrible. Where I expected a ton of harsh, spicy cardboard, instead I got a very mild earthy/grassy cardboard with a hint of hay stick. Don’t expect complexity as the cardboard, earth and hay are consistent throughout.
What We Didn’t Like:
Disappointment. I really wanted this cigar to be terrible. I wanted to say that I conquered the worst cigar in history and lived to tell the tale. I was hoping there would be a free t-shirt or something if I did. This is nowhere near the worst cigar in history. In fact, it was, dare I say, rather easy to smoke!
Easy to smoke doesn’t mean good though. Cardboard and especially hay are not the flavors I look for in a cigar. I much prefer the coffee, chocolate and sweetness found in higher end cigars. But is the Ron Mexico the worst cigar I have ever smoked? No. Is it the worst cigar I have ever reviewed? Yes.
Should You Buy/Try It:
If not for the fact that they are only sold in bundles of twenty cigars, I would give it a resounding “yes”. Unless you are a poor college kid, twenty Ron Mexicos is a tough proposition. The best reason to buy these would be as a gag gift. Imagine giving a friend a brand new humidor but filling it with Ron Mexicos. Epic.