José L Piedra (Habanos)

Jose L Piedra Cazadores

This brand is considered one of Cuba’s budget brands and it’s one of the major brands in the Habanos portfolio, with a worldwide distribution except for the United States of course. The brand was started in the 1880’s, it was discontinued 100 years later but within a few years it came back to the market. No limited editions of the Jose L Piedra were ever made.

Everything about this brand screams budget, the packaging in cardboard, the rings, simple in color and design without any embossing, this is just a lower end Cuban cigar and I used to smoke them when smoking was still allowed in bars. It’s a waste to smoke good cigars when you’re drinking with buddies, the Jose L Piedra brand was perfect for those moment.

The wrapper looks rough, the color is nice but a lot of veins and some shading. The ring, which is an old ring that was used between 2002 and 2007, is simple, a brown grayish color ring with white logo and lettering. The construction feels reasonable and the cigar has a below average finish. The aroma is mild, a little bit of a barnyard smell.

The cold draw after cutting the cigars is good, mildly sweet and a little sharp. After lighting I taste a sweet leather flavor. I also taste nutmeg. The flavors are mild. After a third I taste a mild salty peanut flavor with herbs. The flavors slowly change to a salty licorice flavor.

The draw is good. The smoke is thin and low in volume. The light gray ash looks nice and is firm. The burn is decent. The cigar is medium bodied and flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? No

Score: 83

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Jose L Piedra cetros

A few months ago, I gave a member of my Dutch board a few cigars to review and he gave me a few, including this Jose L Piedra petit cetros. I had never smoked this one, I did however smoke a lot of petit cazadores back in the day before the smoke ban, it was my “take to the pub and smoke without paying too much attention to the cigar” stick. The cetros is a handmade shortfiller that measures 5×38.
The wrapper is quite dark, for a Cuban cigar that is, and quite wrinkly. The band is simple and I smell a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is tight and I taste spicy tobacco.
I taste leather and some pepper. After a quarter of an inch also taste some wood. After an inch I taste some cheap chocolate too.
The flavors don’t develop or change until I taste some herbs halfway. Near the end I even taste some nuts and something sweet.
The smoke time of this cigar is an hour. The draw is a bit tight. I got a decent volume of medium thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse and not firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wasn’t impressed

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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José L Piedra petit cazadores

After reading positive reviews of the new Jose L Piedra petit cazadores, a hand made Cuban shortfiller of 105mm and ring 43, I decided to buy a bundle. I don’t know if they are available as singles, but the price is so low (25 euro for a bundle of 25) that buying a bundle isn’t a great risk. The wrapper is oily with lots and lots of veins, not a real looker, and the cigar has a light manure smell.
The first flavor that comes to mind is sweet full bodied leather, but the sweetness disappears soon and the leather also becomes milder. This cigar has a strong full bodied start but grows into a mild bodied cigar pretty soon. There is not a lot of progress on the flavors, the cigar is pretty consistent.
The smoke is full, the ash is dark and firm.



Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, it’s a nice snack cigar for a small price.
Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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