Saint Luis Rey cigars at Famous Smoke Shop are the updated version of a Cuban cigar brand that’s sold in only very limited fashion. Originally among the best Havanas on the market, this Honduran-made version captures every single one of the original Cuban Saint Luis Rey cigars’ characteristics of oily, dark, smooth wrappers, a very full body and a highly-refined flavor and aroma.
Saint Luis Rey cigars were created in 1950s Cuba by two British importers; they quickly developed an audience among cigar smokers of all stripes here in America, finding favor with everyday smokers because of their low price – as well as earning a spot in famous humidors, such as Frank Sinatra’s. There is some confusion as to how the name originated: one theory suggests a Thornton Wilder play; another assumes the name is a nod to the Cuban town of San Luis, in the island’s tobacco-rich Vuelta Abajo region, as the inspiration for the Saint Luis Rey cigar brand name.
As with many cigar brands that are Cuban in origin, the Saint Luis Reys we know and smoke today were first produced in the Dominican Republic, and now are handmade in Honduras. The current recipe lends itself to the more robust end of the spectrum: starting with a unique blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian tobaccos, and finishing them with a dark, rich Nicaraguan wrapper leaf. A growing list of variations on the this SLR incarnation has become available, each just as inviting as the original thanks to a full, earthy flavor and enticing aroma. Each is a great candidate to be your everyday burn, once you factor in the price: Saint Luis Rey smokes at a level of quality that far exceeds its humble price tag. And as you’re getting a lot of smoke for the money, that makes any of these Saint Luis Rey selections a sound choice to bump up to your everyday go-to.
Saint Luis Rey cigars make for a nice slow burn that’s more about consistency than complexity – each option is plenty flavorful, the smoke has a nice texture to it, and each is a fine stepping stone that milder cigar smokers can use to move up to stronger cigars. Find the SLR blend that suits you best and order today from Famous Smoke Shop!