Cigar Review: Debonaire Belicoso

Cigar Review: Debonaire Belicoso

Debonaire Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 54
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $14.50

Overall Rating: 8.5

Debonaire Cigars was founded by Philip Zanghi (originally of Indian Tobac) and Daniel Sinclair. The core line features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, Dominican binder and a blend of fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The Debonaire Belicoso it a decent medium to medium-full bodied cigar that is extremely well constructed.


Pre-Light: The large golden band of the Debonaire is definitely different, and I have very strong opinions on it. (See my On a side note.) The light brown Habano wrapper has some occasional darker speckling, giving it a leather like appearance. There are mostly tiny veins to the wrapper, and a slight bit of oil.


Leather and oak aromas are noticeable from the wrapper. From the unlit foot there is a appealing mix of very sweet graham cracker, cinnamon and raisin like scents. An semi-firm cold draw allows through notes of graham cracker, cinnamon, leather and dried fruit.


Burn: The draw on the Debonaire Bellicoso is perfect, and allows for a massive amount of smoke production. While the burn line itself is a bit wavy, the cigar is even burning throughout with no canoeing or tunneling. The Debonaire holds its ash its ash well. The construction and look of the cigar is quite impressive.


Flavor: The Debonaire starts out with a prominent natural tobacco flavor mixed with sweet wood and leather notes. On the retrohale there is a hint of black pepper along with leather and wood notes. At the transition to the second third of the Debonaire Belicoso sees the flavor profile become a bit more pronounced. There is a mix of leather, natural tobacco, sweet wood, black pepper and just a hint cinnamon. By the halfway point of the Debonaire Bellicoso there is slight coffee note that begins to occur. During the transition to the final third of the cigar the black pepper begins to become the prominent flavor while leather, wood and coffee remain in the background. The final third continues on without much change in the flavor profile.


Overall: The Debonaire Belicoso is a good medium bodied cigar, and may be worth saving room for a 5-pack in the humidor. The Debonaire is not overly complex. Once the cigar transitions from the first to the second third there is little development in the in the flavor profile. While the medium bodied cigar smoker will likely enjoy the Debonaire Belicoso, they may find the $14.50 purchase price a bit much, although we do not take price into account in our ratings. Several friends of mine whom I respect really love the Debonaire, and while I found it to be a good smoke, it did not blow me away in the way it did them. Personally, I will probably smoke the Debonaire Belicoso once in a great while, but I’m not likely to seek it out.


Pairing: The Debonaire Belicoso pairs well with a glass of full bodied red wine. The Federalist Cabernet, Duckhorn Cabernet and Lancaster all go nicely with the Debonaire.


On a side note: I get that many premium cigars sport the words “Hand Made” or “Hencho a Mano” on them, to differentiate them from their cheeper machine made brethren. Yet, the band on the Debonaire seems to cheapen the cigar, with it’s prominent use of “Hand Rolled” and “Ultra Premium” in such prominence on the band. If a cigar is hand rolled than I know it is a “premium” cigar. If a cigar is $14.50 I would expect if to be “Ultra Premium” or at least pretty damn good. What’s the difference between “Premium” and “Ultra Premium”? Maybe it’s a personal thing, but a cigar making claims like that on the band tends to turn me off. What’s worse is, I like the overall look of the band other than that. While none of this has anything to do with the Overall Rating of the cigar I really had to get it off my chest, because this has bothered me since the first time I saw this cigar.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)