The Saint Louis Rey Serie G Maduro is a Handsome Full Flavored StickThe Saint Luis Rey Serie G cigar is another of Altadis’ many superb blends. Around since 1918, Altadis has gone from a small operation to one of the largest producers of quality smokes in the world. Its powerful influence gives Altadis the ability to locate the best farmers, plants and blenders to use in its products. This stick is part of a well-recognized line within Altadis and for good reason. Available with both natural and maduro wrappers, this great stogie is compatible with most tastes. It also produces excellent flavor that is complex for its body and strength.

The maduro wrapper is a Black Connecticut Broadleaf, as is the binder. The filler tobaccos are from Nicaragua. The Saint Luis Rey Serie G cigar is available in five vitolas, including Short Robusto (4 1/4 x 54), Rothchilde (5 x 56), No. 6 (6 x 60), Belicoso (6 1/8 x 54) and Churchill (7 x 58). The stogie comes in a cello wrapper, which keeps the stick safe from humidity. The wrapper is extremely well done, with very little veining and no visible seams. The paper also has an oily sheen to it and is light brown in color. The band is gold, white and red and features the brand logo. The pre-light draw produces some nutty flavors in addition to some cream.

The first third of the Saint Luis Rey Serie G cigar is similar to the pre-light draw, yet has some notable differences. During this part of the stick, the nutty flavors apparent on the pre-light draw are also loud and bold here. The nutty notes are the primary flavor in the profile and stay strong throughout the first third. In the background, a grassy flavor is another noticeable note, though floral and tobacco flavors are also apparent as secondary notes. Reviewers were happy with how well balanced the nutty and grassy flavors were, in particular, which gives the stick a bit more complexity.

During the second third of the stogie, the floral and tobacco notes fade out. In their place, a cinnamon spice shows up and immediately adds some punch to the stogie. The nutty flavor is still dominant, though aficionados believed it takes on something close to a creamy flavor during this part of the stick. The grassy notes are still in the background, though they are balanced off of the nuts and cream perfectly.

In the final third of the Saint Luis Rey Serie G cigar, the strength of the stogie climbs some, though the flavors remain much the same. The nutty and creamy notes are at the forefront, though the nutty flavors develop some more. By the end of the smoke, they take on a sweet almond taste that works well with the cream. The cinnamon is still in the background, but loses its edge. The end of the stogie is smooth and mild.

This stick starts out medium bodied and medium in strength, but by the end of the Saint Luis Rey Serie G cigar, it has moved closer to full territory.  Most cigar smokers say it isn’t overwhelming, though. Altadis takes it construction methods extremely seriously, so the burn and draw are both excellent.

This blend has been around for several years, but its popularity among aficionados even now shows why Altadis keeps it in its core line.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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