For today’s review I’m going to take look at the Puros Indios Viejo. I really don’t have much experience with their products, so this is really a learning experience for me. I was lucky enough to win a box of these at a herf in September, so we’ll see just how lucky I was. (Let me apologize for the pictures in this review, I’m still experimenting with lighting and the camera. Have no fear, I’ll get it all figured out soon.)
Company: Puros Indios
Made in: Honduras
Made by: Puros Indios
Size: 5″ x 50 Rothschild
Wrapper: 10 year aged Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & Brazil
Binder: Ecuadoran Sumatra
My initial impressions of this cigar are not that good. The medium brown wrapper was extremely veiny and had many discolored spots. The cigar didn’t feel consistent with many hard and soft spots down the length of the stick. However, the cigar did have a wonderful pre-light aroma of hay. The head was easily cut with my Palio, and I took a few easy pre-light draws. With my single flame Xikar torch I set fire to the samples.
The first third of this cigar yielded lots of straw and earthy flavors. I also detected a slight bit of saltiness in the background, which I’m not accustom to tasting in cigars from this region. The white and black marbleized ash was flaky and easily tapped off in to my ashtray. I’m having some issues with the burn, but with a few touch-ups these issues don’t seem to cause any problems.
The cigar is continuing to have some burn issues and the ash is becoming very flaky from all of the relighting. The same flavor components are still present, however, I’m beginning to pick up a unpleasant acidic flavor. It’s difficult to describe, but the flavors seem very hollow to me, almost like the cigar is missing something.
I’m pleased that I am no longer picking up on the acidic flavor. The cigar has rounded out nicely with straw, leather and earthy flavors. I have finally corrected the burn issues and the cigar seems to be burning fairly evenly. I am trying to drop the ash regularly so I don’t make too much of a mess.
Overall I would say that the Puros Indios Viejo is an average cigar. The construction was a little off, and as a result I did experience some burn issues. In my opinion this was a one dimensional mild-medium bodied cigar. I’m hoping that with some additional age the acidic flavors will mellow and make the cigar more enjoyable. I will let the remaining cigars rest in the humidor for a while and report back with any changes.