Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

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Cigar Details: Angel Cuesta Salomones

  • Vitola: Salomones
  • Length: 7.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 57
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Wrapper: Ecuador Havana Rosado
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Factory: El Reloj
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $22.00
  • Release Date: April 2023
  • Source: J.C. Newman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Angel Cuesta Salomones is medium brown and has some lightly raised veins and some wrinkles. The seams are very smooth and the tapered head and foot are well finished. There are three bands, all carrying a red, gold, cream and black color combination. The primary has the brand logo on front with the company name and location of manufacture on the sides. The secondary band carries the brand name while the sleeve at the foot has the brand logo again. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of earth and wood. The foot is closed. The pre-light draw brings a lightly sweet, aged cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: A beautiful cigar, the Angel Cuesta Salomones is perfect in construction and finished with beautiful bands. The pigtail is a great touch as well. The wrapper has a nice Colorado coloring, and there are small to medium sized veins throughout. The salomones is firm throughout and gives off aromas of cedar, leather, tobacco and sweet spices.
John: The Angel Cuesta Salomones comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker that tears when opened. The cigar is a salamones shape, with an open nipple foot. For additional artisanal complications, the cigar has a mini fuse, or twisted cap. There are three bands, with a regular sized primary and secondary band and then a third band which takes up roughly half the length of the cigar. Aromas off the wrapper included sweet tobacco, bread, barnyard and wood. I wasn’t able to pick up anything specific due to the reduced size of the exposed foot.
Jiunn: The Angel Cuesta Salomones is perfectly shaped. It really makes me stop and admire the beautiful shape. Wrapper coloration is a bit dull, providing more of a tan/yellow brown. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head is well tapered. Aromas from the wrapper tell of dates and light oak. Aromas from the foot are pretty much non-existent given the aggressive taper. Cold draws reveal white pepper spice and spicy cedar.

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with oak, cedar and a bold baking spice. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice settles down and a light creaminess becomes present. At an inch in, the creaminess has transitioned to mustiness. The retrohale is a mix of toasted oak and cedar, lightly zingy baking spice and mild mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak and cedar are up front with baking spice and mustiness a bit behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some lovely tobacco, cedar, earth and sweet spice notes. It is balanced and has a cool draw. Medium in strength and body.
John: My first few puffs elicit flavors of baking spices and graham cracker as the spices and some wood finish. Some chocolate and earthy coffee break into the retrohale as the first third settles in. Tannic wood is finishing the draw as the cigar progresses towards the halfway point.
Jiunn: The first third has full flavors that are easily identifiable. Spice and heat of white pepper spice and barnyard funk are the primary notes. Aside from that, some trailing mixed nuts. Retrohaling is fierce with white pepper spice as well as mixed nuts. The finish is long with a mixture of spicy white pepper spice and cedar on the rear palate. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the cedar is now very light. At a half inch in, a light earthiness has joined the profile. The retrohale is now toasted oak, baking spice and mustiness. At an inch and a half in, the earth picks up a bit. At two inches in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is up front with black pepper, mustiness and earth a bit behind and light cedar in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is a continuation of the first third. Balanced flavor profile of earth, cedar, tobacco and sweet spices. Medium in strength and body. Well constructed.
John: Creamy baking spices and bread lead the retrohale off. Wood moves into the center of the flavors as the second third settles in. Earth is present on the finish as it progresses towards the halfway point. The earth takes over the post draw in the bottom half. Tannic cedar returns to the finish a few puffs into the bottom half.
Jiunn: The second third took a deeper dive in the worse due to atrocious burn performance. The countless re-lights creates unfavorable char, masking the great flavors from the first third. Strength moves to medium-full and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the cedar has departed, the earth is now even with the toasted oak up front and the black pepper is pretty light. The retrohale is now musty, toasted oak and earth. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is toasted oak and earth even up front with mustiness a bit behind and black pepper in the background, The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third was in line with the first and second. Balanced with a core flavor profile of cedar, leather, tobacco, earth and sweet spices. Medium in strength and body.
John: Earth, baking spices and wood greet me in the last third and also finish the puff around medium strength. The earth settles down to light-plus as the last third continues, with spicy wood at the front of the draw and earth on the finish.
Jiunn: The final third’s burn performance continues to be terrible. This accentuates the existing unfavorable char and cigar ashtray like notes. Strength and body is unchanged at medium-full and medium, respectively.

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times and the cigar went out once in the first third, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Perfect burn.
John: The burn had an uneven section in the first third that eventually required a touch-up. I didn’t observe any issues for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: I lost count of the relentless heavy touch-ups. Highly disappointing.

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Team Cigar Review: Angel Cuesta Salomones

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: As I find typically the case with a figurado, the draw was initially resistant, roughly 2-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum, and then it opened to one notch at the shoulder. Once it settled in, the draw was in the ideal range.
Jiunn: The draw was however perfect, striking the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with oak, cedar and a bold baking spice. A light creaminess joined in fairly quickly. The creaminess transitioned to mustiness a bit later. The second third saw some earthiness join in and the baking spice transition to black pepper. The final third saw the cedar depart. The Angel Cuesta Salomones had a nice, classic flavor profile focused around a core set of flavors with some transitioning. The final third dropped a level as the earth became more of a focus. This was a nice cigar in a fun vitola that was enjoyable to smoke. It’s a bit of a commitment, but for certain occasions, I think it’s worthwhile. The price point is high, but again, it would be an occasional experience, and with that, I’d come back to it again, and I’m interested in trying the other vitolas.
Seth: I enjoyed the Angel Cuesta Salomones blend, and I can see myself smoking different vitolas of the line. It is not overly complex, but it had a really enjoyable and easy flavor profile from start to finish. Just a nice level of complexity and flavors for a cigar you can sit back and relax with and take your time.
John: The Angel Cuesta Salomones started out promising in the first third, delivering a combination of flavors at medium strength that kept me interested. As the cigar progressed, the flavors were still pleasant but were mostly linear in delivery which was not overly engaging. The draw was perfect and the burn required a single touch up to correct. My overall takeaway on the Angel Cuesta Salomones was that the cigar was pleasant, but the combination of the premium price point and the flavors offered would have me looking for a different size or a different release. Total smoking time was 3 hours and 12 minutes.
Jiunn: Sometimes a bad burn isn’t a big deal, as it will not affect the flavor of the cigar. Annoying to constantly touch up? Absolutely. But we’re all about flavors here so it’s not too much of a material issue. But in this case, the burn was atrocious and that majorly affected the taste of the Angel Cuesta Salomones, leaving nasty char and ashy notes. In the hopes of a one-off situation, will definitely need a re-do.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$3.32

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Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$3.07

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$3.67

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

4.53

Cost/Point

$4.85

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