Cigar Aficionado

San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza
La Fuerza
50 50
Tasting Note
A bit wrinkled in appearance, this cigar has a slightly firm draw. Light almond notes are accented by zesty touches of candied orange peel before the cigar shows some spice and leather.
Body Medium
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 50
Length 5 1/2"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Oct 01, 2019
Price £25.00
Box DateFebruary 2015
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 15, 2014 | Score: 89

Subtly pressed with a gleaming wrapper. The draw and burn are a bit inconsistent, but medium-bodied notes of earth, leather and brown sugar remain steady.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2014 | Score: 89

Subtly pressed with a gleaming wrapper. Draw and burn are a bit inconsistent, but medium-bodied notes of earth, leather and brown sugar remain steady.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2013 | Score: 93

Vivid notes of black tea and toast segue into dried citrus and peanut flavors backed by heady, earthy undertones of raw cocoa bean.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2009 | Score: 92

San Cristobal de La Habana remains an off-theradar brand that is sold mostly to devoted followers who buy their cigars in La Casa del Habano cigar stores. San Cristobal was first introduced in 1999 in hopes of attracting smokers who found mainstream Cuban smokes too strong. The cigars have always impressed us with their lovely aromatic qualities of dried flowers and delicate tobacco. The La Fuerza is essentially a slightly elongated robusto, called gordito, or fatty, in the factory. The cigar delivers plenty of rich earth and coffee flavors that evolve to leather and mahogany undertones. The cigar is certainly rightly named at the moment. "Fuerza" means strength in Spanish, and this year's batch of San Cristobal La Fuerza seems the richest yet.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 06, 2008 | Score: 93

A pressed, oily cigar with a reddish-brown, though slightly blemished wrapper. It is full of rich earth and coffee flavors complemented by intense leather notes.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 09, 2007 | Score: 89

A beautiful pressed and oily cigar with a three-seam cap. The burn is uneven but delivers a chewy smoke sweet with cocoa and wood.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 26, 2005 | Score: 91

Smooth and well made, this cigar draws and burns evenly, giving off a toasty aroma. It is rich with wood, leather and earth flavors. The finish has a touch of ground pepper and coffee. An elegant and balanced cigar teeming with flavor.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2005 | Score: 84

A box pressed cigar with a dry wrapper. The smoke is dry, metallic and flat, with some nutty notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2004 | Score: 90

Attractive and tawny, with the burn and draw to match, this nutty, toasty and leathery cigar has a coffee note on a medium to full body.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 01, 2003 | Score: 88

Golden and pressed, this cigar has an easy draw. It has lots of woody flavor with a hint of cream. The finish is smooth, if a bit short. Medium to full in body.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2003 | Score: 87

This cigar has an earthy quality. It has an uneven burn and a cedary, chewy flavor. It will improve with time.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2002 | Score: 82

A beautiful cap covers t his cigar, which has nice texture. It's lemony and cedary, with a mild to medium body. The finish is short.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2001 | Score: 86

The wrapper on this cigar is silky, but veiny. The draw is tight. The smoke is leathery and bready, with some hints of coffee.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 01, 2001 | Score: 88

This cigar has a nice cap. The draw is inconsistent. The smoke is soft, rich and earthy, with a nutty flavor and good balance.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale