On the Dojo, we like to sample a wide range of cigars and we especially enjoy finding cigars that are unique and under-the-radar. Such is the case with the El Galan line of cigars. Felix Mesa is the mastermind behind El Galan Cigars and has a long heritage in the cigar business, rooted in the field’s of Cuba and now in the fertile soil of Nicaragua. The El Galan robusto is the flagship cigar of the El Galan line and features a very welcomed five dollar price tag. The tag line on the cigar “Semilla Cubana” means “cuban Seed”. It’s always a bonus to find a cigar that’s in this price range that smokes well, so that’s what we will hope to discover with the El Galan.

El Galan Robusto Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Dominican
  • Factory: El Galan Cigars S.A. (Estelí, Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Vitola: 5″ × 52 Robusto
  • Price: $5-$6
El Galan Cigar Review

The El Galan feels heavy in my hand, it’s certainly a substantive stick. The draw is a wee bit tight, but nothing to deter me in any way. In fact, the draw very much reminds me of a cuban cigar. There is a nice salty taste on your tongue from the tobacco and I like that. This medium-bodied stick features notes of roasted peanut, cedar, and just a hint of spicy pepper. There’s also a subtle musky note that reminds me of many Cuban cigars I’ve smoked. There is nothing harsh about this stick, it’s warm, inviting, and has a very pleasurable retrohale.

El Galan Cigar Review


The Cuban roots of this cigar come shining through in every possible way, reminding me very much of a standard Cuban Cohiba or Partagas. The subtle flavors are not what I would consider complex but that’s okay because I’m not always seeking a complex stick – sometimes I just want a solid cigar. The burn is a bit wavy and the draw remains slightly snug, but for 5 bucks I’m happy as a bug in a rug. The blend of the El Galan is very intriguing, combining Ecuador, Nicaraguan, and Dominican tobaccos.

Pros: Great cubanesque flavors, low price point.

Cons: Wavy burn, snug draw.

Would I smoke this cigar again?

Absolutely! I recommend grabbing at least a 5-pack of these or better yet, grab one of the 25 count boxes. For the price it’s one heck of a value, especially if you want to try a cigar that tastes similar to many Cuban cigars.

El Galan Cigar Review

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