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*You can check this review in its original setting over here!

Here is a follow up to Keith's (John was there too no?) review of these at the pre-launch in Havana last November.

La Flor de Cano Siboney (110mm x 42mm) made exclusively for the Canadian market just like the Bolivar Simones, Ramon Allones Gordito de Allones, Vegas Robaina XV Anniversario were. 2000 numbered Semi Boite Nature Box of 25 cigars were made. Named after the Siboney tribe of indigenous people living in Cuba before the landing of Columbus. Their practices introduced the explorers to the use of tobacco.

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Construction:

These have a compact feel to finger pressure, the wrapper is pretty uniform with few veins. They have a perfect draw and a clear tobacco taste at cold.

1st half ( these are too short to do thirds!):

The first few puffs reveal a creamy smoke with a little pleasant sourness feeling to it. Toasted tobacco and floral notes are appearing as I smoke this cigar. It seems to want to go towards a tropical fruitiness but it shies away for now. The burn is perfect and straight with a dirty gray ash. It sits at medium-light body for me and boast a pretty long after taste. I have to say I haven’t had many Flor de Cano cigars but this seems to a good choice for a first cigar of the day. The floral and creaminess of the Siboney would pair quite nicely with a good tea. I would suggest Oolong or an herbal tea.

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2nd half:

It has evolved to a medium body cigar with richer taste and smoke. The flavors are not as defined as before but the creaminess and sourness are still present. The bottom half shows signs of the cigar’s young tobacco composition. The body increases, the cream remains but the subtleties of the first half are a bit tamed. I must say I am pleased with this small cigar, given it still needs to mature for 2-3 years before they become a good morning cigar. I have to smoke a few more examples to have a solid idea of the Siboney but so far so good. This is nice cigar to try for Flor de Cano lovers.

7/10 for now but potentially 8/10 and in crazy canadian winter context....who knows, too cold to think man (-36 outside right now)

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Simon, nice review - thanks for sharing. I've got the cross-link up on my blog up and running.

Keeping the forum discussion rules in mind, we can discuss the general pricing of market regionals. So, what is the pricing that Havana House ended up coming out with on these for the Canadian market? I remember at the pre-release tasting last November that they were looking at the $18 or $19 CDN per stick. What did they end up putting it at?

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Simon, nice review - thanks for sharing. I've got the cross-link up on my blog up and running.Keeping the forum discussion rules in mind, we can discuss the general pricing of market regionals. So, what is the pricing that Havana House ended up coming out with on these for the Canadian market? I remember at the pre-release tasting last November that they were looking at the $18 or $19 CDN per stick. What did they end up putting it at?

24$ if iirc pretty damn expensive. At 18 they would have moved but now it is 5$ short of a regular production robusto...

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24$ if iirc pretty damn expesive. At 18 they would have moved but now it is 5$ short of a regular production robusto...

:rotfl: they will be gathering dust for a decade...

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I was at the tasting for these in Havana as well and the first thing I picked up on was the sour flavor ( not in a good way) at the beginning and end. Sounds like the cigar has improved from when i had it but still not a cigar I would buy, especially at that price. Such a shame after a great run of stellar Canadian releases

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I wonder if this is what the UK short robusto would have tasted like fresh, due to the packaging problems they had a year and a half of age on them after rolling before hitting UK stores.

There is a kind of metallic nature to them, but I taste it as similar to grape skin.maybe that is where that sourness goes to after a year or so?

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I wonder if this is what the UK short robusto would have tasted like fresh, due to the packaging problems they had a year and a half of age on them after rolling before hitting UK stores.

There is a kind of metallic nature to them, but I taste it as similar to grape skin.maybe that is where that sourness goes to after a year or so?

Grape skin humm, that's an interesting flavor note. Could be a sour/tannin note...I will keep it in mind when I taste it again. Thanks !

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