This stick does not get great reviews. For me, it was plugged. I poked it twice, it burned a little hot, then settled down and was amazing. Granted, this cigar is from 1998. Its had time to really mellow out and come together. The flavors were amazing, huge amounts of that tasty Cuban flavor. So much so I stuck with it and did my best to make it smoke, and it paid off. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Buy a box if you can stand to sit on them.