Nelson Alfonso, the man behind the Bandolero line has deep roots in Cuba, where his family created the Byron line over a century ago. Since then, he has worked on producing and exporting tobacco around the world. Production of Bandolero cigars is centered in Costa Rica, but the tobacco is sourced from a variety of locations.
Rumor has it that because of variance in importing laws, the Bandolero may contain tobacco sourced from a certain island south of Miami. To lend credence to this rumor, only two of the three series of Bandoleros produced are allowed to be imported into the United States. The cigars in Pack II are more on the lighter side, while the Pack III cigars have a more medium-full bodied character.
This review is of the Pack III Picaros, a 54 ring gauge robusto. The body is certainly medium-to-full, but that doesn't mean the flavor is overpowering. There is a gentle subtlety to the flavors that may make fans of powerhouse cigars impatient, waiting for a burst of strength that never quite arrives. There are notes of cedar and earth and a barely perceptible hint of cocoa on the finish. The cigar itself is beautiful and impeccably made. The draw is consistent and the burn is true throughout, which is the mark of a truly premium hand-crafted cigar.
The care of aging and blending is apparent, and a true cigar connoisseur will recognize the complexity and nuance in the full-bodied smoke.
Davidus Cigars fortunate to be one of the few retailers nationally to offer these cigars, which are only released to members of United Cigar Retailers. So stop in, and see if your palate can appreciate the pleasures of aged tobacco.