El Credito Perritos

The Cigar Nut

Size: 5.5 x 38
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder and Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf, Nicaraguan and Dominican
Strength: Full
Price: ~ $2.50 USD each

Behind The Stick:

I’m not sure if everyone out there heard about General Cigars latest little cigar release – but a few months ago a cigar made in the Generals El Credito division in Santiago was announced to the world, The Perritos. Since this is a little cigar with similar announcements, lets get right into what this smoke has to offer!

Construction:

Alright, this is one ugly son of a bitch – no skirting the issue on this. These cigars are rolled without the use of molds or presses, so the bumpy ( but evenly filled ) cigar carries a few more of those ‘natural’ aspects – including an open head which sports a slight ’tilt’ to the left or right as well as an almost ‘spongy like’ quality at the foot. As well with the small stature of this cigar, the band is fairly small even in comparison but never gave me any issues when removing it. Now – while smoking it, thats another issue all together, as a couple of these did begin to unravel on me, one of them I included in the pictures. I never had to relight them, but still made me nervous.

Flavor:

It has always been said, big things come in small packages – and the Perritos is no different. A very pleasant pepper and cedar mixture start the cigar off, a very enjoyable flavor combination while watching the sun go down if I do say so myself. The flavors quickly took a turn and went into a darker, more oak and leather type combination yet maintained this sweet, almost cherry like overtone that was more noticeable on the finish but still present. The pepper from before has taken a back seat, only really noticeable while retrohaling.

Overall:

This is not an overly complex cigar, but for the size – were you really expecting dramatic flavor changes? Also, given the price point I feel these cigars over achieve, creating a mouth watering – although quick – cigar to enjoy. I really liked having these as a commute cigar and even smoked one at the bar and had someone compliment me on the room aroma but as I said before, these are not the cigar I would reach to when entertaining and a friend asks ‘hey, could I try one of your cigars?’. I would classify this as almost a ‘get by’ cigar – meaning – if your itching for a nice, quick, full body cigar experience but don’t have the time to dedicate to a robusto or churchill – this might be the smoke for you. Box purchase? At 70 bucks for FIFTY, I might just have to splurge. If you’ve had a chance to give these a shot, please let me know what you thought!

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