It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a short filler Cuban cigar. The Quintano Favoritos is a 4.5×50 Robusto that’s still hand rolled but stuffed with short filler tobacco inside. It has a relatively smooth appearance and a simple label.
The wrapper produces a faint smoky cedar while the foot gives off the smell of damp grass and black pepper. The cold draw is snug with no flavor. Once lit, I pick up slight leather with red pepper and earth. Through the nose, there is hardly any flavor with only a little cedar. Red pepper carries over on the finish with creamy almond.
After twenty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up faint vanilla alongside red pepper and oak. Through the nose, I find slightly sweet and creamy cedar. The finish consists of cinnamon and leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third gets me to thirty-five minutes. The draw offers smoky almond with oak and damp earth. On the retro-hale, I find more cedar with the addition of some caramel. The finish gives me more cinnamon with the introduction of toast. Strength and body continue to sit at the medium mark.
The final third closes out at fifty-five minutes. On the draw, there is smoky earth with more almond and black pepper. Through the nose, I find more caramel with some toast. The finish sees the return of leather on top of black pepper. Strength and body finish out at the high end of medium.
The Quintero is a solid blend considering it’s made of short filler. Surprisingly, it offers a moderate amount of complexity and is overall an enjoyable stick. Being a short filler blend, you can end up with some shrapnel in your mouth. These short smokes can typically be had for $3 to $5, but in some high tax locations, I’ve seen them for as high as $16. If you get them for cheap, they’re definitely worth keeping a handful in the humidor.