I had more comments on the golf course about this cigar than any I have smoked with my golfing buddies. They all know I smoke cigars, play golf badly, and can drink any beer hot or cold. The La Campana de Panama is an odd looking cigar. The first thing you notice is the conical shape and for some people this might seem a bit daunting, thinking the draw would be too open and the burn would be tough to handle. This is far from the truth, the burn was even and only needed 1 relight while I looked in the OB for my golf ball.
The flavor is a little nutty and a definite cedar aroma lingers after each draw. I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar, the comments ranged from a traffic cone to “Bam Bam’s club”. I had a few of these with me in my golf cart and offered them around, but I had no takers. I will say this is a good medium to full bodied cigar with a kick of nicotine for the newbs, so be prepared.
The halfway point of the cigar had a surprise for me, the pepper really kicked in and I noticed an almost clove flavor developing. I did catch myself smoking this cigar just a bit faster than normal and I think with the conical roll it may help it to burn more freely but my smoking kept pace very nicely.
I smoked this cigar down to the nub and enjoyed every draw from start to finish, the large plumes of smoke were beautiful and this is a real flavor powerhouse. Skip Martin has done a fantastic job of keeping his cigars simple, the boxes plain and the flavor intense. I am giving the La Campana de Panama 9 Smoke Rings.