Whatever their reasons, for 100 years during the 18th and 19th century, the Spanish royals prohibited the production of cigars in the Caribbean Islands and other American colonies, though it was certainly allowed in the Sevilla Royal Factory in Spain. Of course, due to a lack of local smoke, the price of cigars in these colonies went through the roof. But there’s one romantic term that often accompanies prohibitions—bootleggers.
Enter the bandoleros.
At the risk of severe punishment, bandoleros began smuggling cigars into the colonies from non-Spanish controlled countries and selling them in discrete locations for a much lower price. These bandoleros brought the smoke to the people, and a legend was built around them. It looks like sticking it to the man is indeed a time-honored tradition of the oppressed.
Anyway, Bandolero Clandestinos cigars tribute these heroic bootleggers. Do we not owe it to them to keep the story alive by smoking these fine sticks created in their honor? We think so.
The Bandolero Clandestinos cigars use an Ecuadorian habano wrapper. These plants grow tall, resulting in a lot of oil and complexity. The filler blend is part Peruvian, part undisclosed. The binder’s origin is also top secret. Light this outlaw up, and you’re in for a full-strength experience of spice, cedar, dark chocolate, and sweet nicotine.
Please enjoy Bandolero Clandestinos cigars at your leisure.
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Bandolero Clandestinos FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Complex: cedar, spice, sweet nicotine, dark chocolate, and more!
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
Experienced smokers longing for an era where vices were that much more delicious due to scarcity and the need for secrecy.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
Absolutely. Each pull is an excellent chance to remember how lucky we are to access high-quality cigars so easily.
What’s a good pairing with it?
We hear the bandolero spirits whisper, “Whiskey.” A Bootlegger 21 New York Bourbon Whiskey is perfect and stays with the overall theme.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
While studying up on the prohibitions of the past and/or sending clouds of smoke upward as a salute to the bandoleros that kept the smoke where it belonged—in the hands of the people.
The United Cigars Bandolero Clandestinos cigar is a strong stogie reserved for experienced smokers only. And even those veterans better fill up on some good food before learning the ways of the bandolero.