Bonita Smoke Shop House Blend Cigars
Choose from Natural or Maduro
The Natural is a unique
Nicaraguan Habano Hybrid natural wrapper encasing a smoothNicaraguan binder.
Our Maduro hand made is a flavorful Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro.
Enrobinga well aged Nicaraguan binder. The filler is a superb blending of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican all long leaf tobaccos.
Be sure to read the review of this in the No 3 size listed below.
Not long ago I took a little trip to Bonita Springs, FL to visit the Bonita Smoke Shop. The owner, Jackie, gave me one of their house blends to try. I enjoyed it, and picked up a few more to review. From what I understand, this is considered their value line, with a premium line that is soon to follow. They also come in a natural wrapper, which I’ll have to try at some point. As always, I paired this cigar with water and bring to you my review.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Construction & Pre-smoke:
The dark maduro wrapper had a rugged appearance, with some light and dark patches. There is no dying of the wrapper leaf for sure. The wrapper had a nice mild earthy & natural tobacco smell, while the foot had a slight sweet spicy odor. I pinched the cigar from head to foot, and found it to be a little spongy, but evenly packed. This made for a nice free draw that wasn’t too loose. The pre-light draw had a interesting taste that I couldn’t pin down. It was almost sweet but barn yard-ish. That makes no sense, but what can you do…
The burn required one minor touch up, and the ash held for about an inch.
The first third started with nice earthy notes in the background. A coffee-ish flavor came in with a tinge of nuttiness. When exhaling though the nose, there was pepper that had a nice, yet easy “Nic-Zing.” That phrase referrers to a sensation you often get from Nicaraguan tobacco. One of the Dog Watch guys came up with that phrase. Anyway.. Back to the cigar. The smoke was plentiful and as I progressed it became thicker feeling.
As I dug into the second third, a sweet flavor came in. It was like adding sugar to your coffee, but just a little bit. Eventually the coffee went back to it’s black coffee taste. The sweetness was mild yet typical maduro, and eventually developed into mocha. As time went on the sweet mocha increased in strength to match the coffee. Lastly, the pepper mellowed out and became more of a sweet spice with a nice zing.
The last third stayed pretty much the same as the second third. The main difference was some draws would have a dominant mocha flavor. Other draws would have coffee as the dominant flavor. The sweet peppery spice remained and had a slight zing. There may have been some woody notes in there somewhere as well.
Conclusion:This was a good medium bodied cigar. Considering most store “House blends” are cheap generic bundle sticks, I am always leery of them. The Bonita house blend was a pleasant surprise that I actually enjoyed, and they are consistent. Before you haters say I am just pandering to a site sponsor, I can assure you I am not. Had I not liked it, you would hear about it here. For a nice cheap smoke, I have to recommend giving this a try.
Many thanks to Tom of
TomsCigars.Com for writing about his experience
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