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Pride Bandalero Butch Cassidy Review

01 Sep

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)

Strength: Medium-Full

Pre-Light
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.
First Third
The first half-inch of the Bandalero has some earth, spice and wood on the front of the palate, giving way to light notes of cedar on the finish. There is also a bit more resistance in the initial draw than I like in my smokes.

After the first half-inch, the draw opens up beautifully. The initial spice disappears leaving rich, thick earthy flavors. The cedar notes grow stronger on the finish, evidence of the six months these cigars spend aging in a cedar chest. The cigar gives off rich billows of smoke with a lovely cedar aroma. The ash is flaky, with a dark gray color that I’ve been noticing in more cigars lately.

Second Third
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.
Final Third
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.
Overall Thoughts
After the first half-inch, the Bandalero had an excellent draw to the finish. The burn was even throughout the cigar and required no touch-ups or relights. Coffee would pair very well with the earthy flavors in the Bandolero. An oaky wine or an oak-cask aged scotch would compliment the cedar flavors of this smoke.
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1 Comment

Posted by on September 1, 2011 in Review

 

One response to “Pride Bandalero Butch Cassidy Review

  1. bradleynin

    February 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Great Review Nada! I’ve been seeing these at my local but have yet to pick one up. I’ll try one based on your recommendation.

     

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