Bongani 458 Short

Review by Bob Lutz, ex CEO of Chrysler Motors and cigar aficionado.

I am astonished at the mature, world-class quality of these cigars, since Africa is unknown to the cigar world. The tobaco blends, flavor, construction and draw rival the best premium cigars from Nicaragua. I especially like the look and feel of them: beautifully smooth wrapper, with that desirable, light oily glow. (The bands a‎re over-glued and a bit hard to get off without nicking the wrapper, but that’s a minor issue.) I very much liked the “Robustos”, attractively packaged in an up-scale “piano black” box. While I found them excellent, the real revelation was provided by the 458 “Shorts”. They are absolutely spectacular in every way; among the very best I have ever enjoyed. They are reminiscent of the best Cuban cigars of decades ago, when they still cared. I got to thinking that a “458” the length of the Robustos would be an absolute world-beater. I love everything about them except they’re gone too soon. Maybe it’s because I tend to favor the larger ring sizes.

At any rate, congratulations! You found great tobacco, are treating it well, and have obviously found and trained a  team ‎of supremely skilled rollers! Quite an accomplishment! While I impatiently await the announcement of the “long 458”.

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