Saint Luis Rey Gen 2 Cigars For SaleSaint Luis Rey Gen 2 cigars are another addition to Altadis USA’s reinvigorated brands. The company has been around since 1918, and though it has experienced continued success, some felt that the manufacturer needed to update its products. The company has responded, and has modernized seven of its lines, including the VegaFina, Montecristo, Trinidad, Romeo y Julieta, Te-Amo and H. Upmann. Altadis has also improved the appearance of its stogies, producing bolder bands and smoother wrappers.

Though the Saint Luis Rey Gen 2 cigars are a new addition to the Saint Luis Rey family, this line has been a part of Altadis since World War II. It was brought to the U.S. in 1982 and is among the 15 most recognizable brands in the country. This stick features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. It is available in three sizes, including Robusto (4 1/2 x 54), Toro (6 x 54) and Titan (6 x 60). The wrapper is medium brown and reflects a lot of light with its oily sheen. There is some veining, but the seams are invisible. The stick comes with two bands. One is the classic band that features the brand name and a silver shield among orange, red and silver designs. The second band is more modern and displays the name of the stogie in silver and orange serif type. It sits on a black background with silver and orange lines bordering the band.

Many reviewers detected several notes during the pre-light draw. These included pepper, natural tobacco, baker’s spice, cinnamon and dried fruit. The first third of the Saint Luis Rey Gen 2 cigars evoke these flavors strongly. Initially, the natural tobacco taste is the boldest, though the pepper is what lingers on the palate the most. The cinnamon, baker’s spice and dried fruit are secondary notes at this point, though the baker’s spice shows strongly on the retro-hale. The pepper begins tailing off at the end of the first third.

During the second third of the stogie, the pepper notes are said to fade out completely. Creamy flavors take its place and assume the lead role with the tobacco notes. The baker’s spice, cinnamon and dried fruit are still present, and some aficionados felt the dried fruit was more of a primary taste.

In the final third of the Saint Luis Rey Gen 2 cigars, there is a lot of movement among these flavors from primary to secondary, and back again. The tobacco is still the dominant note, but is joined by the baker’s spice during this part of the stogie. The cream fades some and settles in with the cinnamon as a secondary flavor. The dried fruit bounces back and forth from the forefront to the background.

The Saint Luis Rey Gen 2 cigars are unlike other smokes in the line, which are said to be rather punchy and heavy. Instead, this one is a medium strength stick with a body that slowly moves from medium to full by the end. Reviewers gave it high marks for its sharp burn and nice draw. This, combined with its rich and nuanced flavors, makes it an interesting stogie that should appeal to smokers on any level.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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