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#nowsmoking: Los Statos Deluxe
#NowSmoking: Los Statos Deluxe Cigar Review (Video)
Los Statos Deluxe – Cigar Details
Factory: HATSA, Honduras
Size: (6”x 60) Gordo
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
Presented in boxes of 20 cigars
Los Statos Deluxe Backstory
Los Statos was a pre-revolution Cuban cigar brand that was re-blended for the American market and released stateside in the 1980’s. Unfortunately, the US iteration of the cigar failed to make waves and—like so many older cigar brands—was soon forgotten. Until now.
When Matt Booth, of Room 101 cigars, joined STG (Scandinavian Tobacco Group), the first project he went to work on was reimagining the Los Statos. Giving the brand a fresh, sleek design and dressing the revamped blend in an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan and Dominican Republic long fillers, Los Statos Deluxe is set to make its mark.
Now, let’s find out what the Los Statos Deluxe Gigante has in store in its opening act.
Construction: Wrapper had a few visible seams, was toothy, and rustic in appearance.
Cold Draw: Black pepper, earth, and cedar.
Base flavors: Black pepper, coffee, earth.
Burn & Ash: No issues.
Los Statos Deluxe Review – Part 1
The Los Statos Deluxe Gigante begins with subtle—but noticeable—notes of black pepper and light cedar. Dry earth comes into play before too long bringing flavors of French Pressed coffee and dark chocolate along for the ride.
The Los Statos Deluxe begins medium in body and strength while the flavors are balanced and leave me wanting even more.
Let’s see how it plays out in the second act.
Los Statos Deluxe Review – Part 2
Coming up to the halfway point of the Los Statos Gigante, the black pepper and earth take a back seat to flavors of richly roasted coffee and dark chocolate. New notes of caramel-like sweetness and nutmeg emerge and add depth to the range of flavors.
Construction has been flawless so far as the strength and body stays in medium territory. My experience with Los Statos Deluxe is enjoyably smooth and effortless at this point.
Let’s see how it wraps up in the final act.
Los Statos Deluxe Review – Part 3
In the final third, the Los Statos Deluxe offers more of the same—and I mean that in a good way. The flavors remain vibrant and balanced while the strength and body never get too aggressive.
Even as the cigar reached the last couple inches, the profile remained entertaining and didn’t disappoint.
What beverage pairs well with Los Statos Deluxe cigars?
Think a hearty American whiskey—like Jack Daniel’s or George Dickel. Enjoy a healthy pour either neat or on the rocks with the Los Statos Deluxe.
For non-alcoholic options old standbys like coffee, Dr. Pepper, or water certainly pair nicely.
For additional pairing combinations, check out our Cigar & Spirit pairing guide.
Are Los Statos Deluxe cigars worth smoking?
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Los Statos Deluxe Gigante having no experience with its other versions. So, I went into this review with no expectations—and sometimes, as in life, those turn out to be the best kinds of encounters.
What I found with Los Statos Deluxe was a reasonably priced, well-made, tasty, medium-bodied cigar that I could see enjoying any time of day. It was punchy without being belligerent, smooth without being delicate, and a cigar that I’d recommend to both experienced and new enthusiasts alike.