Cigar Aficionado

San Cristobal de la Habana El Morro
El Morro
93
points
Cuba
Cuba
49 49
Medium
Medium
Tasting Note
There is a warm toastiness with each puff that complements interesting notes of salted almonds, cedar, powdered sugar and ginger snap. Balanced and complex.
Body Medium
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 49
Length 7 1/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Dec 01, 2014
Price £23.20
Box DateApril 2012
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2015 | Score: 90

Big and subtly pressed, this cigar has a slightly firm draw with a salty, mellow smoke and light intonations of black tea, dried flowers and orange peel.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 15, 2014 | Score: 93

There is a warm toastiness with each puff that complements interesting notes of salted almonds, cedar, powdered sugar and ginger snap. Balanced and complex.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2013 | Score: 89

Over-packed with tobacco at the head, this Churchill has a firm draw that never quite opens. Straw-and-hay flavors overlap with earthy notes, woody flavors and a bit of dried orange peel.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2010 | Score: 91

A picture-perfect Churchill with a slightly firm draw but even burn. Although not overly intense, the smoke has a luxuriously creamy texture and flavors are a medium-bodied balance of wood and coffee bean notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2008 | Score: 90

An attractive cigar with an exceptionally fine cap. There are sweet, woody notes and some hickory flavors preceding an earthy finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 06, 2008 | Score: 90

An attractive cigar with an exceptionally fine cap. There are sweet, woody notes and some hickory flavors preceding an earthy finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2007 | Score: 90

Subtly box-pressed with a great tawny wrapper. The draw is firm but delivers lots of coffee, cedar and woody flavors, accompanied by a slight pencil lead note and a leathery finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2004 | Score: 93

A beautiful, dark cigar with a flat cap. It smokes very well. Full in body, it has complex flavors, including leather, coffee bean, nuts and black pepper.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2003 | Score: 91

Silky, attractive and finished with a superb cap. The cigar has coffee and cocoa flavors, with notes of leather and toast. Rich, spicy and powerful, with a medium to full body.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2002 | Score: 86

This cigar has a firm draw verging on tight. It's rich, woody and funky. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 01, 2001 | Score: 89

A reddish cigar with complex flavors. It has notes of wood, toast and coffee beans, with a hint of nuts.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 01, 2000 | Score: 88

A beautiful wrapper on a well-made cigar. It has a nice draw, but it burns poorly. It's leathery and spicy, with notes of copper. A medium to full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 1970 | Score: 93

San Cristobal de la Habana isn’t the type of cigar that tourists typically request on a trip to Cuba. Overshadowed by the famous Cuban brands such as Cohiba, Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta, San Cristobal is known only to more learned cigar smokers. The brand—named after Christopher Columbus—was created in 1999, and was originally intended to be a low-end brand made with tobacco from the Remedios region. The cigar was changed, and is made from Cuba’s premium leaf, which is evident in the performance of the dark and rich El Morro, the largest of the four-sized line. The 7 1/8-inch, 49-ring Churchill brims with dark, earthy flavors, and the brand is small enough to be made in only one factory, La Corona in Havana.

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