It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres. This cigar comes in a single size – a 6 x 54 Toro – and retails for $15.99. It features a Mexican San Andres wrapper covering a double Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. El Milagro San Andres is rolled at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Florida.
The cold draw offers black licorice and plum flavor. The wrapper produces an earthly chocolate aroma, while I smell more of a chocolate out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up black pepper spice with leather. My nose finds toast and black pepper. There is spicier black pepper on the finish with very light cocoa.
Thirty five minutes into smoking, El Milagro San Andres mellows past the first third. The draw offers me very light flavors of black pepper and grassy earth. Through the nose, I pick up hints of burnt marshmallow with smoky almond. The finish consists of black pepper and an unpleasant, sour earth. Strength and body settle in at medium.
The second third disappears after an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is a blend of earth and cedar with black pepper. On the retro-hale, things change with light floral notes and earth. The finish gives me more black pepper and earth. Thankfully, the sour element has vanished. Strength and body remain unchanged.
An hour and fifty minutes in, this slow-burner sees its final puffs. Light black pepper blends with cedar and underlying citrus on the draw. Through the nose, more floral notes appear with toast. The finish offers grassy earth with citrus carrying through and a distinct fresh green pepper flavor. Strength and body finish out at a steady medium.
The Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro San Andres is a decent cigar. It starts out with some unpleasant sourness, but flavors improve as it’s smoked. I was hoping for a little more depth and body in this blend. It didn’t blow me away, but it was pleasant enough. I believe this blend would benefit from six months to a year of rest in the humidor.
The big gripe I have with El Milagro San Andres is the price. My reviews are focused mainly on flavors and performance, but price does play a part for most cigar smokers. It’s not the most expensive cigar around, but $15.99 is a lot to pay for what I call an average cigar. If the price doesn’t bother you, or you just want to support a small, lesser-known cigar brand, give it a try.