Cigar Czars


Review of El Rey del Mundo Cigars

By: Gary Manelski

Six new El Rey del Mundo cigars first became available at retail in February 2021. These new El Rey del Mundo cigars are distributed by the Forged Cigar Company, which was established during early 2021 to support brick and mortar cigar retailers. The cigars are made in Honduras with Honduran binder and filler tobaccos. One cigar is wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf, while the other five are made with Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrappers, including the Robusto OSC (5 x 54) which is the subject of this review.

The Robusto OSC is priced at a surprisingly affordable $5.40 per cigar. The sample cigars in the 5-pack that was provided to me were individually wrapped up in paper (in lieu of cello), and banded on the outside instead of directly on the wrapper leaf (see photo). For more information about these cigars, please refer to the press release.

The sample El Rey del Mundo Robusto OSC cigar began with a pleasant medium-bodied tobacco flavor, which may not be visually anticipated prior to lighting due to the dark color of the wrapper. Descriptive flavors were mostly subtle, and not very pronounced nor obvious. I did detect a mild tea-like flavor near the beginning, and then hints of leather a few minutes later, along with a trace of some mild spice. The smoke was nice and smooth (almost like a Connecticut Shade cigar), but there were never any sour nor harsh tastes during the smoking session.

The El Rey del Mundo Robusto OSC was well made and had a very good draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 50 minutes that it took me to smoke the cigar all the way down to just 1½ inches remaining. I enjoyed this cigar and rate it with a solid and good 3.75 points on a 5-point scale. The new El Rey del Mundo cigars are a very good value and can be enjoyed by all levels of cigar smokers, including beginners.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

El Rey del Mundo Cigars
El Rey del Mundo Cigars