San Cristobal cigars were once made in Cuba, back before it was impossible to get Cuban cigars here in the United States. The band on these San Cristobal cigars is one that may invite a bit of mockery; it almost seems like an obnoxious parrot is flying at you, presenting you with the logo of the cigar, as if to say ‘here, take this cigar from this colorful tropical bird, surely it knows what smoke may be best for you!’. Look past the parrot, though, and you will find that the San Cristobal Elegancia Grandioso is a cigar that you can enjoy.
Made by Don Pepin Garcia at his My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the San Cristobal Elegancia line is a line of cigars that, while on the lighter side of the San Cristobal line, are still full-bodied and full of flavor. The cigar is approachable, though, a cigar that can be enjoyed by people who don’t normally go in for the darker cigar but who are still interested in a bit heavier and darker a taste.
The tobacco is from Nicaragua, and the hand-rolled filler and binder tobaccos mingle beautifully providing fantastic flavor. The wrapper is a Blond Connecticut seed wrapper grown in Ecuador, and together the tobacco and wrapper impart a flavor that is part cream, part pepper, and all delicious. If you can find one, and if you’re looking to dip a toe into the darker end of the cigar pool, you should pick one up.