Cabaiguan Guapos (First Impressions)

By now, most of you have probably seen the top ten portion of the annual Top 25 list published by a major cigar “lifestyle” magazine that shall remain nameless. As usual, there are a few surprises. Coming in at number 7 was the Cabaiguan Guapos, made by Pete Johnson from Tatuaje. This was a bit unexpected (at least by me), since there are several other cigars in the Tatuaje portfolio that are generally considered to be better than the Cabaiguan line.

However, I thought to myself, maybe I was missing something here? Perhaps the Cabaiguan Guapos was a diamond in the rough that I had overlooked. I knew I had one resting in my coolidor that I received as part of my Saints & Sinners membership kit. Before I lit up, I checked the Stogie Review Cigar Review Index to see what our guys had to say about this stick. To my surprise, I discovered that none of us had done a review of this particular cigar (although Jerry reviewed the maduro version in 2009). So, in order to make sure all of our great readers would have a second opinion available before they rushed out to buy the “#7 Cigar of the Year,” I recorded a first impressions video as I smoked my Cabaiguan Guapos.

Cabaiguan Guapos by the numbers:
Size: 5.625×54
Vitola: Toro Grande Natural
Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador Sol
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Mild-Medium
Factory: My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua
No. smoked for review: 1 (first impressions)
Duration: 1 hour
Source: purchased by the reviewer (part of the Saints & Sinners membership kit)
MSRP: $11.00
Twitter: @TatuajeCigars

(Video length: 11:48)

Soundtrack: “Josh Woodward – Let It In (Abbey Road edit)” by stellarartwars (courtesy of

The Cabaiguan Guapos started off with some really nice woody, nutty, and creamy notes, together with some twang and just a bit of spice. Quickly the draw became far too loose, as some tunneling developed apparently caused by a soft spot. After I smoked past that point, the draw improved significantly, however the burn then became uneven requiring a few touch-ups. Towards the end of the cigar, I picked up a buttery sweetness with some natural tobacco flavor, and the wrapper started to crack-up on me just as I was nubbing it.

Overall, the Cabaiguan Guapos was good, maybe even very good, but not great. It’s definitely a solid cigar, but nowhere near Pete’s best cigars, some of which (in my opinion) are among the best cigars money can buy. In any event, such a high ranking in the most famous Top 25 list might leave a few of us scratching our heads, but it’ll certainly lead more people to try a cigar that they might not have picked up otherwise. And who knows — for some it might just become their favorite smoke of all time.

About Charlie:
Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science, focusing on artificial intelligence and computational linguistics. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Delaware, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker