Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Falto

FaltoSize: 5×50, Robusto

Wrapper: Indonesian Sumatran

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Price: Box of 25, $112.50

Strength: Medium

Grade: 8.9

Produced in the famed La Aurora factory, the Falto was the first line of cigars offered by La Garita Cigar Company. The first shipment of the Falto arrived to Puerto Rico in July of 1995 and has been in production each year in very limited supply. Maintaining an ultra-boutique status, Luis Falto limits his production to 160 boxes of the Falto cigar per year. The Falto is available in both the Robusto and the Lonsdale.

Some time back we reviewed one of La Garita’s other cigars, the El Josco; you can also find a company profile on this review. You may learn more about the Falto cigar and the La Garita Cigar Company online and you may follow them on Twitter. La Garita Cigar Company is also a sponsor of Toasted Foot.

So, on to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Falto Robusto is a good looking cigar with a light to medium brown Sumatran wrapper. Though there are some noticeable veins, it seems to be well constructed with good weight and no soft spots. The cap was a bit sloppy on one of my samples but the other two looked fine. The pre-light aroma and cold draw produced notes of Dominican tobacco, toasted wood, and a hint of spice at the foot. The label is not going to knock your socks off but it is simple and elegant and fits the brand well in my opinion.

Burn, 1.7:
The Robusto cuts, toasts, and lights well, producing a mouthful of smoke. The white ash holds well past an inch multiple times with a good temperature throughout. The draw is a little loose and this in turn causes the smoke to burn a little faster than I like, even with proper resting between puffs. The smoke warmed up a bit towards the nub but that is to be expected.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first third of the Falto Robusto follows the pre-light of tobacco, subtle spice, and a woody note that I cannot put my finger on. The smoke coats the palate well but the finish is a little short. The second third is creamier but the spice is still there. I think the wood notes are of oak but again it is hard for me to discern.  The last third really picks things up in the spice department. The finish also becomes more pronounced and the cigar continues to coat the palate very well. This cigar is very pleasing to the palate and is medium in strength; though not scoring high in complexity, it is still a good smoke.

Total, 2.8:
Solid construction, excellent burn, and a satisfying flavor profile make this cigar a winner at $4.50 a stick.  I really enjoyed the samples I smoked and hated to see them end.  If you can find these, pick a few up for a great boutique smoke. We’ll be giving some more away over the coming months.

(Total:  8.9)