Today has been one of those Saturdays which has seemed like a mad array of tasks and choirs needed to be done whilst struggling to find the time to complete them all. One of my favourite things to do when stress levels are high is to find a small part of the day to sit back, relax and enjoy the delights of a small Cuban.
My choice today was the Jose L Piedra Petit Cazadores which is a relatively small cigar and on the lower end of the price bracket for a Cuban cigar. Half way through the day I decided it was time to catch some chill time and get this cigar fired up.
Pre-lighting the Petit Cazadores I noticed that this cigar seemed rather brittle and maybe a slight bit too dry. However, my decision had been made and I was lacking the time to go routing through the humidor.
On lighting the cigar with my first few puffs I found this Jose L Piedra quite bitter and on the harsh side. Very strong flavours of spice, that mainly of pepper and star anise. This came as quite a surprise as my experiences with Piedras has taught me that these are usually quite smooth and light. Yet, being slightly drier than I like, this could have been the reason.
Into the second third and all harshness had subsided allowing for the usual creaminess to peer through and calm my palate. The spice remained but on a more pleasing scale whilst flavours of hazelnut and coffee started to display. This complimented the double espresso I was sipping on throughout smoking the cigar. I find that fresh coffee is a great drink to accompany a cigar to highlight the notes it hides. Im not sure if the espresso cleans the palate but I find the cigar to get better after each sip.
The cigar got a hell of a lot stronger and became severe on the taste buds. Almost burning zings and a tanginess to the cigar. I cut this shorter than I usually do and lay the cigar down. This Cazadores had a small moment of bliss but I was slightly disappointed with the start and finish of this smoke. Sometimes its just better to finish a cigar at the right moment than totally ruining the twenty minutes you have spent with it. Overall, I will still always have a handful of Jose L Piedra cigars in my hoard. They are great value Cubans and pleasurable short smokes and maybe I should have left this little fella to rest a little longer in my humidor.
Flavour: Medium to Full
Length: 4 1/8”
Ring Gauge: 43