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Don Fernando
05-17-2017, 04:29 AM
Now this is a mystery cigar to me, I donít know where its made, who makes it (although I have an idea), what year itís from, what the blend is and what the msrp is since I canít find any information online about this cigar. Another mystery is how I got this cigar, I really have no idea. But all the mystery makes reviewing this cigar extra fun, since I donít know what to expect, my opinion canít be tainted by reading other reviews or people telling me about this stick.

All information I have is from the cigar ring, which says Ďhenco a manoí so itís a handmade cigar and ĎFloridaí and that throws me off the trail on the manufacturer since a sticker on the glass tube mentions S. Plasencia Tobacco 1885 so I would have guessed Honduras or Nicaragua and as far as I know Plasencia doesnít have a factory in Florida. The sticker also mentions ďGasparilla Pirate Fest, official collectible premium cigarĒ and on that info I did find that this cigar must have been given out or sold in Tampa at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest that is held there every year. And I have been in Tampa a few times, but never during the Pirate Fest, and that will probably never happen either, and I know for sure I havenít bought this cigar during my visits there so its still a mystery how I got it.

The cigar comes in a glass tube, as mentioned before, with a transparent sticker with golden print that makes it hard to read. The size is 7◊48 and the vitola is called Pirate. The cigar feels good although the triple cap shows some curves. The wrapper has a chocolate color and has a lot of tooth, it feels a bit like sandpaper. The ring is gold with a black circle and a white pirate ship in the circle. Under the black circle it says Gasparilla in black letters. Above the black circle there is a cutout in white with some green, red and golden party decorations. On the back the ring is red, green and gold with golden letters honcho a mano Florida. To be honest, the whole color scheme makes the cigar look tacky. And then the aroma, have you ever been to the toilet of a pub or venue at the end of the night, or the next morning before the cleaners did their job? If you have, then you know what Iím talking about. Itís strong but not pleasant.

I cut the cigar with my xikar cutter, the cold draw is good. I hardy taste anything, just a little dry tobacco. I lit the cigar with my soft flame and taste an acidic coffee. After three puffs I also taste a little sweetness. After half an inch itís lemon with some honey and thatís it. After a third I still taste the lemon but now with a faint chocolate and some musty cedar. The final third is wood with a little bit of pepper.

The salt and pepper colored ash is not firm at all. The smoke is thin and medium in amount. The burn is good though, just like the draw. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is a boring hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No! Boring! This is a typical event cigar for tourist who normally donít smoke cigars. Itís not a bad cigar, just boring.

Score: 73

including pics: https://cigarguideorg.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/gasparilla-pirate/

Tio Gato
05-17-2017, 08:30 AM
Thank you for that review. I'll keep a weather eye open for that and steer clear Matey!

Don Fernando
05-17-2017, 10:34 AM
Thank you for that review. I'll keep a weather eye open for that and steer clear Matey!

Don't lie, this review makes you want to try it too -(P

Tio Gato
05-22-2017, 03:03 PM
Ok, ok. Now you planted a seed in my brain that keeps growing! Thanks I think. I'll look for one next time I'm in Tampa.:D

stearns
05-22-2017, 03:26 PM
I've got one of these buried, looks like I got it from Vin back in 2009. I believe these were found in a warehouse or something in Tampa and are from the 70s, but I could be wrong about that. Never smoked one, I just remember being told they're old, and if my memory of being found in a warehouse are right then they probably weren't kept well, which would contribute to the bland taste you saw. Can't contribute much more, but I think I'll keep mine in the back as a conversation piece :r

Don Fernando
05-25-2017, 03:29 AM
I've got one of these buried, looks like I got it from Vin back in 2009. I believe these were found in a warehouse or something in Tampa and are from the 70s, but I could be wrong about that. Never smoked one, I just remember being told they're old, and if my memory of being found in a warehouse are right then they probably weren't kept well, which would contribute to the bland taste you saw. Can't contribute much more, but I think I'll keep mine in the back as a conversation piece :r

Sell it to Jeff, he wants one desperately :r