Ring Gauge: 40
Diameter: 15.88 mm
Length: 102 mm
Strength: Light to Medium
Duration: 15 - 30 mins
The Rafael Gonzalez Perlas is a little Cuban beauty, a light bodied Tres Petit Corona, and comes in a pack of 5 or a box of 25. One of the most recent cigars of the Rafael Gonzalez lineup, (released in 2011), and is a pretty short smoke, perfect for a morning break.
The Perlas have a toasted tobacco aroma mixed with cedar and vanilla that floats off a perfectly constructed cigar. They have a rich flavour profile of creamy coffee and nut in the first third, with an even burn and a perfect draw that offers large plumes of smoke.
The strength hovered around a mild strength with a medium body. In the second third we found additional flavours of coffee, chocolate and a dash of floral that had a distinct sweetness from notes of vanilla and honey. In the final third the cedar notes continued and were joined by notes of cumin and oddly, a note of bourbon.