This could be a very short pair of previews...I could find literally no information on this cigar brand online apart from a trademark filing. Like the other IPCPR samples I've been going through, Keith picked these up for me while he was there working for Maxamar in Orange, CA. As I wrote this intro, I received some info, but apparently none of it was for reprint, so I will continue what is essentially a blind review.
TABACOS BANDOLERO SELECCION ESPECIAL 50
This sample labeled "50" appeared to be a Connecticut Shade wrapper and also appeared to have immaculate construction. It was oily and had a nice ripe smell on the foot. The prelight draw was excellent and the flavor was interesting...citrus--lemon and orange--along with hay and bits of earth and spice. After lighting, it seemed much like another of the "new breed" Connecticuts in many ways: medium in body, a bit of spice, but mostly creamy, sweet flavors.
And that's the way it continued for the remainder of the cigar. This was definitely not a bad cigar, but I wonder if it brings anything new to the table. Depending on price point (which no one could seem to give me a clue about) it is either a solid smoke or priced out of the market that would appreciate it.
BANDOLERO SELECCION ESPECIAL 54
So this Bandolero has the same name and band design as the other, just substituting the number, which appears to be a ring gauge designation. The wrapper obviously is much different, appearing to probably be a Maduro of some variety, although it could be a Sungrown, or even potentially just classified as Oscuro. The aroma of it was sweet and chocolatey, though, so I'm going to guess "Maduro" until I light it up and see how it smokes. It was oily and smooth and had every appearance again of being extremely well put-together.
The cold draw said "Maduro" again with its semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Maybe a little Nicaraguan earthiness to it as well. After lighting, I got more sweet chocolate notes and definitely some earth; through the nasal passages, there was a nice hit of pepper spice. I will go out on a limb and say this is heavy in the Nicaraguan leaf and that it is a Brazilian Maduro wrapper...but I could just be blowing smoke! I did know that I was enjoying it immensely in the first few puffs.
As I burned through the Bandolero 54, I did notice the flavor profile change from the sweet chocolate to more of an earth with a persistent spiciness. Keith suggested via Twitter that it might be a Corojo wrapper and by the midway point, I thought he might be right...Corojo almost like the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo, which also has a lot of sweetness to it. Hard to know for sure...but it was still very enjoyable, and something I could recommend at around $10, give or take.