Brand: Don Pablo Cigars Country: Las Vegas, USA
Size: 7.5 x 50 Wrapper: Connecticut
Price: $7.80 No. Smoked: 2
The Label Factor:
Well…this is awkward. The format of our reviews really breaks down when the cigar under scrutiny doesn’t provide a label, eh? It’s a little bit like a supermodel with no makeup; you have no choice but to focus on all the imperfections, blemishes and veins that you otherwise wouldn’t pay any attention to.
What We Liked:
Not to be confused with the Don Pablo franchise of Mexican restaurants, the Don Pablo Cigar Company produces hand-made cigars out of their factory in Las Vegas, NV. Here’s a quick bit of info about the Cognac line, straight from the Don Pablo website:
Our Cognac line is the ultimate in luxury. Before the cigar is rolled and wrapped, the filler, binder and wrapper are processed not with water but fine, french oak-barrel-aged cognac. This results in a luxurious, elegant smoke. A fine mix of tobacco, cognac and oak.
The description confuses me a little bit. Am I to understand this is an infused cigar? I’m leaning towards “yes.” So…does it taste like cognac? A little bit! I don’t think cognac would be on the list of flavors of somebody smoking this stick blind, but if you go in thinking cognac, it’s not difficult to come out thinking cognac.
My previous experience with flavored cigars has been limited to the Drew Estate Acid line, which I wouldn’t consider to be all that mild. Love it or hate it, the Acids don’t hide their flavors. The Don Pablo Cognac does not follow the same pattern. Only a feint spice was present to kick things off and even that was mild.
By the time the first inch is ashed, the profile becomes a bit more interesting and cognac-y. Earth and oak stand out the most, with a generic leather bringing up the rear. A unique essence of alcohol persists throughout, though it’s hard to say whether my knowledge of the cigar caused my brain to pick this up, or if it’s genuinely present. Don’t expect a bunch of changes from here on out. It’s a smooth, oaky ride the rest of the way.
What We Didn’t Like:
In terms of smoking time, the Don Pablo Cognac needs serious free time to smoke down to a nub. I don’t like having to manage my Outlook calendar just to figure out if I can finish a cigar in time.
The other problem with the Don Pablo Cognac is that you can only buy them from the Don Pablo website, and they are only available in boxes of 25. I’m not really sure how many people buy boxes of cigars they’ve never tried before, but I’m not one of them.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yeah, sure…somehow. I wouldn’t recommend buying an entire box of these having never tried them before. If you know somebody who likes them and is willing to part with one or two, take advantage. Find a good two hour window where you can kick back, smoke a Don Pablo Cognac and drink a glass of your favorite cognac. Then, report back here and let us know what you thought.