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Cheap Stick Shootout 2 Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, November 30, 2009
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Cheap Stick Shootout 2 Cigar Review

This is the 2nd Cheap Stick Shootout – today we have the Thompson Empresario Maduro Churchill vs. the Perfect Cut Corona Tubos. The Empresario comes in at 7×48, the Perfect Cut at 5.5×42. Both are a mild-medium cigar, the Empresario being a traditional long filler handmade, the Perfect Cut a machine made short filler. Draw and burn on both were very good, the Empresario being on the tight side, the Perfect cut on the loose side. Burn time was 50 min and 30 min respectively, where they both became hot for my taste and I ended them. Flavor wise they are completely different. The Empresario gave a little bit of complexity, showing a light leather with slight sweetness and touch of pepper during the first 2 thirds. The last third it switched to a very creamy coffee flavor with a long lasting finish. The Perfect cut started with a very mild grassy taste, and bringing a mild wood in the 2nd third. The last third it changed to a very hot pepper, dominating the flavors both on the draw and finish.

  • Mario Alvarido

    Thanks for the review. I may have to try the 1st stick. What do you think about the Thompson Tusker?

  • Señor Maduro

    Thanks for this review. On my tight budget it’s nice to see someone reviewing the inexpensive sticks. BTW I’m just north of you in Port Richey.

  • I don’t recall much about the Tusker, it wasn’t memorable.

    Thanks guys!

  • Darrylyn

    Good review, that’s information that I’m looking for! I’m always trying to find an inexpensive cigar. I’ve never purchased anything from Thompson Cigar, but I’m willing to give the Empresario a try. I like my special sticks when I can treat myself, and I definitely try to keep a go to stick when I just want to smoke for whatever reason.

  • Ted

    Thanks Bryan. It’s interesting that you find the maduro Empresario so much more consistent and flavorful vs. the natural. You’d think the only difference would be the wrapper taste.

    We appreciate your efforts to find worthy cheaper cigars. I think the shootout format is a good one. I’d like to see this done with cigars in other price points … $2-4 … $4-6 … $6-8.

  • I’m surprised at that too – the naturals seem to be a completely different stick that just share part of the name. I’ll see what I can come up with for other shootouts. I originally wanted them to be a 2 stick video because most of the time the cheap sticks are fairly consistent and thus the videos are pretty short if shot by themselves. Sometimes though like in this case, they can actually be complex!

  • neocigaro

    Wow this was way back in the days, haha now the price has skyrocketed and I’d prefer good cigars, as I only smoke on special occasions and not everyday.

  • douglas77

    Great informative review.
    I am wondering if anyone here has tried the empressario maduro in corona size? Just wondering if the blend seems to be as favorable in the smaller ring guage.

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