By Braden H. on 18 Apr. 2011 (Rafael Gonzalez Panetelas Extra) :
These are the best of the pantelas i have tried. Starts off fairly mild bit nutty in flavour with fall barnyard wafts of smoke. The last half really kicks in typical Cuban tobacco flavours. Great handmade little cigars, quick smoke for these Canadian fall/winters.
By Peter A. on 19 Aug. 2007 (Rafael Gonzalez Panetelas Extra) :
Appearance & Construction: Great construction, especially on this box. Wrapper toothy. No big veins, bumps or lumps. It's the same type & size like th PL Panatela that. The last couple of boxes have been tight on the draw. But still they're so cheap you can just toss it and take another if a draq correction tool doesn't do the job. This one is the first from my new box and NO problems at all. Perfect draw.
Taste: Well it sure got that woodsy RG taste to it. I'd say it's a fairly mild, medium bodied. Not boringly mild, just perfect for the mornings. Taste seems to be consistent from box to box - the woodiness combined with fresh spring cloves. Midway through it's still excellent, picked a little up in strength, which actually suits it very well. Hints of toasted almonds and fresh hay add a nice touch to the wood theme. Considering this is only Â½ a year old it's bang on.
Smoking Characteristics: Burns surprisingly evenly. No touch-ups needed. I'd say that the ash is not the prettiest, muddled grey at best. It's surprisingly firm though, considering it's a TC. Not tonnes of smoke, but I actually find that rather nice in the morning.