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"Decent Everyday Stick..."
The Santiago Robusto is well built, burns great and draws well. Closer to medium than mild, it has a really agreeable taste that lasts just long enough for a soak in the hottub. I expect them to improve with time in the locker. If you've looked at these and thought "maybe", give'em a try. Glad I did.
VW Dave in Michigan May 15, 2009
"Santiago Bundle Cigars - Not bad"
When I used to visit Miami, while my gf was at work I'd wander around downtown taking in the Cuban/Latin American culture ... cuban expresso, empanadas, batidos, musica, museums, groceries, tabacaleras, beautiful Catholic Churches, mini plazas and malls, etc. All around are little Cuban coffee shops or cafeterias and either by the indoor cash register or in the serving windows on the street they often would have bundles of cigars sitting there with a price tag stuck to the side for individual smokes ... Some of the better ones were Bauza Presidentes (a soft in the middle mixed filler Churchill sized version with a dark/maduro wrapper), Padrons - when you could find them (Cazadores or Fumas) and other brands ... on the next lower level, about equal were the F.D. Graves and the Santiagos, not great but really not bad ... the latter had a "sweet" cap. There were other brands that I didn't care for (loved the bundle art though), but I don't recall being disappointed by the Santiagos ... for the price ... usually under $1 a stick.
S.P. in Northern Virginia July 21, 2008
got these cheap in an auction... the bundle thus far is so-so.. the first one was very loose and burned almost as fast as a cigarette. twas very dry and tasted like cardboard. the second one, however, was a lot better. definitely not as good as a don kiki red label (one of my personal favorite "cheap smokes"), but it held some promise at least. after about 3 months in the humi, i think these can turn out to be decent "every-day" smokes, although there are much better brands out there for equal price.
bishop in MA March 4, 2008
"THEY ARE OK!"
I WASN'T IMPRESSED WHEN I RECEIVED THEM. THEY LOOK GOOD AND HAVE A GOOD DRAW. BUT SO FAR THE ONES I HAVE SMOKED HAVE HAD A BITTERNESS TO THEM. I DO LIKE THE PRINCIPES FROM LA AURORA THOUGH AND I THINK I WILL STICK WITH THEM FOR A CHEAP EVERYDAY SMOKE.
KEN in NORCO, CALIFORNIA February 29, 2008
"GOOD SHORT SMOKE"
WON THESE AT AUCTION, GOOD SHORT CIGAR FOR LUNCH HOUR SMOKE. GOOD DRAW,BURNED EVENLY, GOOD TASTE,CAN'T GO WRONG FOR FORTY CENTS A STICK.
LEONARDKL in FARMINGDALE, N.Y. October 27, 2007
"it is what it is"
well it's not as "yummy" as the catalog states, (who wrote that? a thirteen year old girl?) But for what they are (cheap) they are a good deal/ and fine tasting -but the quailty can vary-Because I hand out cigars ut every payday at my company (screw the politcaly correct) but keep in mind, the boys won't bitch about these!
Tony " Bones" Meriam in south dakota July 14, 2007
"EXCELLENT CIGAR & GETS EVEN BETTER WITH AGE!"
When I read some of the negative reviews about this cigar, I can only wonder what planet they are from. I've bought at least 8 of these bundles and from the very first Santiago cigar I smoked, I could not believe how excellent it tasted! I prefer Maduro cigars most of the time, but when I tasted the Santiago, I was extremely impressed with its flavor, and I'm not easily impressed! All my Santiago's have burned fairly well and each had a nice firm white ash. With one of my Santiago's, the ash stayed very firm all the way to the band. I haven't had a premium cigar that held together like this cigar. This is a short filler cigar so everyone should keep that in mind. There will be minor inconsistencies from time to time, but the flavor and value of the Santiago out-weigh all that! I hope these never run out. For those of you who want to throw your Santiago's out, call Famous and I will take them off your hands.
Kelly Frizzell in AZ July 13, 2007
"Not great, Not bad, just so-so"
They look interesting but because there is no "Cap" they tend to try to unravel. They are not a bad smoke but not real great. They are so-so.
Bill in California May 27, 2007
This cigar will need to sit in your humidor for a while to reach it's best point. When I first tried it, it was an all around bad cigar. I put it away for 3 or 4 months and it was like a different cigar. The wrapper will crack and peel, and you will have problems keeping it lit if you smoke really slow, but the taste is not bad. What can you expect for a cheap cigar? It's worth a try.
Stephen in GA August 10, 2006
"Pieces of crap with OK taste"
I was looking for an every day puff, so I purchased a box of these. They are spongy to touch but have a tight draw(you can feel the plugs). Very poor construction and the wrappers seem to tear or just come unwrapped. As for taste, ok nothin special but get a nasty taste at about 1/3 left. Poor excuse for a cheap cigar!
Steve in Iowa April 26, 2006