Sunday, February 12, 2012

La Perla Black Pearl

Wrapper origin: Equador
Wrapper type: Brazilian maduro
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican, Mexican
Length: 4.75”
Ring: 52
Cost: $3.00

Appearance (0-20): This little stick appears nicely put together. For the price point, it looks well made.  The wrapper is nice and dark, yet not oily at all.  Without some oils, it seemed a bit on the drier side.  The band isn’t anything to jump about, but it’s simple. For $3.00, I guess that’s what you get.

Score: 16

Construction (0-20): I was quite pleased with this portion.  The cigar held together well, and smoked nicely. It was pretty well packed being a smaller stick, and the draw was easy. The ash was light grey, and held on for about an inch.  Even and cool burn gave this cigar a decent score.

Score: 18

Strength (0-20): Medium bodied is probably close. I might even put it on a mild-medium scale, but tipping in the medium side.  Nothing overpowering about this, but it’s not a law cutting cigar either.

Score: 16

Flavor (0-20): This one seemed a bit one dimensional for me.  I’ll keep referring back to the price, which really helps in this category.  It was strong in woodiness, with touches of sweetness here and there.  I like complexity, but this was pretty good for what it’s worth.  You’ll taste the same flavors from beginning till end, but there was nothing unenjoyable it.

Score: 15

Value (0-20): I guess all of my points are going into value. For $3.00, I can only think of one other cigar that I would grab over this.  I do like having a nice smaller cigar around for a second smoke, or a quicker experience.  Perfectly priced, and the quality is there with it. Nice.

Score: 19

Additional Notes: Paired with Flying Dog Amber Lager, smoked at CI.

Overall (0-100): And now to beat a dead horse…this cigar was $3.00. I challenge someone to  find a comparable stick that is medium bodied for this price. I’m sure there are a few out there, but I am really hesitant to try them with a low price point. Cigars are generally priced for what they are worth, but we all know that there are exceptions to the rule….higher and lower.  I have smoked others from the La Perla line, and the black and purple labels are the two best. If you need a smoke that fits the bill, don’t hesitate to grab one.

Score: 84

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