The cigars have a fairly rough appearance, with some spots and veins on the wrapper. It does look well made however, but is not overly smooth or luxurious in appearance. There is a good amount of sheen from the oily wrapper, lending a very nice look to the stick.
The construction of the Jose L. Piedra Cigars is of very good quality. The filler is evenly distributed and there are very few issues with the feel of the cigar. It is clipped easily and lights up without any problem. The draw is very good and smooth, with just the right amount of tightness. The ash falls off every inch or so. The burn can be uneven but can be corrected by blowing on the wrapper. The burn corrects itself after a couple of tries. It is also very well made and has a solid feel lending a good strength to the cigarâ€™s body.
It is a fairly mild cigar which has a medium strength at most. The overall flavors are smooth and earthy. It has the feel of a good and rustic cigar, one which is enjoyed after a good, hard dayâ€™s work. There are faint hints of powdered cocoa which reveals itself about halfway through the cigar. Some light floral notes are also faintly present at the finish of the cigar. The flavor profile is not meant to be complex. But what the Jose L. Piedra offers is a good flavored, simple, but thoroughly enjoyable smoke.
They are perfect for everyday smokes to be enjoyed with your favorite libation for everyday occasions. As such it goes well with beer, whisky and even the occasional glass of red wine. The last third can start to become very strong, but cleansing the palate with your favorite drink can help you enjoy the cigar to the nub.
It does not have the look or feel of a luxury or top shelf cigar. What it does have is a good and solid flavor to be an everyday, enjoyable smoke. It makes no claims of complexity and highbrow character, but it delivers a good and satisfying experience. Enjoy it throughout the day. It goes great whenever youâ€™re in the outdoors, or even when enjoying a quiet night with friends and family. It is certainly easy to smoke a Jose L. Piedra, and even going up to three cigars in a day wonâ€™t overpower your palate.