Los Regalos Quetzal by Emilio Cigars Pre-Release

Los Regalos Quetzal

About a week ago, I came home to discover a surprise package in my mailbox.  A USPS box that looked quite unassuming, that is until I read the return address.  Gary Griffith, Emilio Cigars.

As many of you know, Nate McIntyre, is the National Sales Director for Emilio cigars, he is also a local.  I met Nate through one of my local shops who I handle social media work for.  Our mutual love of cigars has blossomed into a pretty good friendship.  You know, the kind where you try your best to come up with the most devastating remark to call the person, they shoot you one back, and you both start laughing.  Well, it’s either that or we are both just A-holes, either way, it works for us.  Anyways, over the last year or so, Nate has introduce Patrick and I to pretty much everything Emilio Cigars has to offer, including Gary Griffith.  I will say this I have yet to find a cigar from these guys that I do not like.  I will also say that I have not found a brand owner with the dedication and scientific approach to tobacco that Gary has.  I always wonder what is going on inside the head of this tobacco scientist.  No really, he is a scientist…for real.  His approach is to get all the parts of the cigar right; the growing of the tobacco, the blending, he takes it to a scientific level.  This process makes his cigars not only a good smoke, but also an experience.

Well onto the cigar.  The cigar I smoked and will be reviewing here was the Los Regalos Quetzal.

Wrapper: Unknown at this time.  Revised* Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Unknown at this time. Revised* Dominican and Nicaraguan

Filler: Unknown at this time. Revised* Dominican and Nicaraguan

Size: Torpedo

Price: Not yet determined.

*The sample that I smoked is a pre-release, and we will be happy to offer all of the pertinent information when the cigar is released to the market.  This has now been revised.

The cigar itself is a great looking cigar with a medium to dark colored oily wrapper, if I had to take a guess, I would say Ecuadorian Habano.  But, it is truly a guess.  The cigar also featured some light veins and a simple maroon band with white lettering reading, Los Regalos Quetzal.

The flavor of this cigar can be described in one word, amazing.  From pre-light to end, it was just full of pure enjoyment.  The flavor notes I picked up on were definitely woody, what I imagine old oak barrels to taste like.  Some hints of cedar and citrus were also detected as well as a slight pepper flavor that really made this cigar stand out.

Construction, spot on!  He is a scientist guys, he knows what he is doing, and knows how to make a cigar burn right.  The burn was even throughout the entire smoke, and did not require any touch ups.  The cigar held tight and had a firm ash with the perfect amount of white smoke.

Ok, now is where I am supposed to tell you if I would buy it again, buy a box, etc.  YES, this cigar is that good!  Gary sent two of them to me to try, however, I am not greedy and sent one of them to Pat so he could smoke it and offer up his comments as well.  That was a mistake.  I should have hoarded it.  It could possibly be one of my favorite cigars of the year.  Will I smoke another?  Yes, Buy a box?  Yes.  Should you?  Yes.  You get the point right?  Try them when they come out, you will not regret it!

Plus, they are good peoples…  Oh, and I just got a phone call from Nate allowing us to add the wrapper, binder, filler info, and he also mentioned that this cigar will be available in standard sizes plus a corona, lancero, and 6×60.

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  1. Additional update from Gary Griffith this morning, release date will be around mid December. Or if you know Gary, “when the tobacco is ready.”