Cigar Name: Garcia y Vega Game Vanilla (6.5 x 42 – Pantella)
Cigar Description: Dominican Republic filler with a Connecticut Wrapper and flavoured with a mild hint of vanilla
Review of the Cigar itself: I’m not a fan of machine-made cigars as I’ve often found them to have some quality control issues at times (quantity is often the preference) and, in my opinion thus far, have a limited range of tastes. And often, I find bits of tobacco in my mouth. This definitely wasn’t the case with Game. It had a proper cap and had a nice “pinhole” already punched for the cigar. This would make it an easier cigar to carry around since no cutter is required.
The colouring of the cigar is almost a light creamy coffee colour and the wrapper seems rather veiny. The flavour is extremely mild, so much so that it doesn’t taste like any flavour. It is kinda surprising since the box of 4 cigars I got said “Vanilla” but there is very little vanilla flavouring coming through, even after cleaning my palate with water.
In fact, it was very unremarkable. I think I got some minor hints of vanilla flavour as I got closer to the nub but it was pretty bland over all. The construction was good and it was a consistent burn but it left me wanting more. I may try the green just to see if there is a little more flavour in it (perhaps the vanilla “erased”? the actual cigar flavour). I would say that this is a very, very mild cigar and would be good for those who have very sensitive palates as it won’t overwhelm it. For someone who likes more “oomph” to their cigar, however, you may want to pass on this.
The only plus would be cost but given the taxes that are imposed on cigars here, it would still work out to about $1.20 per cigar. I pay about $1.60 for my Georges Reserve and it has more flavour to it. For a daily cigar, it would be ok for some.
Enjoyed with: Water and a coffee with soy creamer and sugar
Smoke time: approximately 1 hour or so (I was talking on the phone for work while smoking this)
Purchased from: convenience store in the Village area of NYC with small humidor
Final Review Rating: 6.5/10