A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Ares Contreras of Pride Cigars at a cigar event at a local B&M. He showed interest in the very strong cigar I was smoking (I believe it was a Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970) and how I got into cigars. He introduced me to some Pride cigars and I’ve been a fan ever since. His latest creation is the Bandalero, which is Spanish slang for “bad ass”.
|Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Dominican Habano
Binder: Dominican (aged three years)
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan (aged three years)
|The Habano wrapper in this cigar is naturally dark and oily, and is not processed as a maduro. There are several prominent veins. The cigar gives off a very sweet earthy aroma. The cold draw is rich and earthy with notes of cedar.|
|The earthy flavors grow even richer towards the middle of the cigar, and I start to get strong notes of espresso in the mix. The strong cedar notes on the finish have faded a bit, but are still notable with some earthiness.|
|The earthy flavors continue to dominate through the end of the cigar, and I get some notes of dark chocolate now and again. Every once in awhile, I also get a hint of sweetness. The finish is now predominantly earthy with some cedar.|