Rafael Gonzalez Panetelas Extra - 25 cigars

Rafael Gonzales 200002

Availability: In stock

Regular Price: $79.00

Special Price $69.00

Quick Overview

The Rafael Gonzalez Panetelas Extra is a hidden gem, a medium Short Panetela, 5’ (127mm) long, of 36 ring gauge, and comes in a 25 cigars box. This cigar has been around since the 1930’s, and like other cigars from Rafael Gonzalez it is very smooth and mild, using only tobacco from the Vuelta Abajo region. Medium body at its peak, its delivers mostly smooth aromas of chocolate, coffee and of amazing tobacco. There are also notes of almond, earth, wood, bread and some floral characteristics. Its amazing construction allows an excellent draw throughout the entire cigar and a memorable smoking experience. Minimum ageing recommended is 3 years.

Rafael Gonzalez Panatelas Extra - 25 cigars

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Rafael Gonzalez Panetelas Extra - 25 cigars [5" x 36]

The Rafael Gonzalez Panetelas Extra is a great and cheap cigar that is perfect for beginners or newcomers to Cuban cigars.

  • • Medium smoke with smooth flavors, a lot of chocolate, some coffee, nice floral notes and much more.
  • • Very good potential for ageing. Gets even more delicious after 5 years.

This cigar provides a great Cuban experience at a lesser cost.


The Rafael Gonzalez Panetelas Extra - 25 Cigars comes in a dress box with Habanos Packing Code CB-UW-C/L-12,13-n-25


Length: 127 mm

Diameter: 14.29 mm

Ring gauge: 36

Shape: Short Panetelas / Vegueritos Mano


The cigar has a rustic look but great nevertheless; the wrapper has a nice sheen of oil on the wrapper, a small amount of fine veins and a dark brown chocolaty color. It is smooth to the touch; the squeeze test reveals a firm cigar with just the right amount of give.

Smoking Notes:

Before lighting up

The wrapper smells of tobacco and hay.

Burn/ Draw

Once cut, the cold draw gives some clear tobacco aromas, with some hints of hay. The draw is amazing. The head of the cigar cuts clean off, and the foot gets lighten very easily. Once lit, the first draws give mostly Cuban tobacco, with hints of grassiness; and also some creamy notes such as some sweet popcorn. The burn line is even, and the cigar builds up a beautiful white ash.

Initial third:

The first third of the cigar is very smooth in terms of flavors, greets you with some wood, tasty tobacco, and some amazing notes of chocolate. There are also some coffee, some floral notes, some hay, some nuts and some bread. There is also a bit of bitterness, not too bitter though, with some earthy flavors. Overall, the cigar is easy to smoke, the draw is great and the body is between mild to medium.

Middle third:

In the middle third, the dominant flavors are similar, only more intense, more of delicious tobacco, more cocoa or bitter chocolate. There are still some nutty characteristics, some bread, some spices and beautiful floral notes. There are also some hints of milky coffee and toasted fruits. The cigar is still burning very evenly, and the body is medium.

Final third:

In the final third, the cigar remains excellent throughout the entire length and can be smoked until the nub. The flavor profile remains in the same area, with still lots of cocoa and lots of milk coffee. The flavors soften; but we can still get some almond and tobacco. It is never too harsh; it is still burning very well, producing a generous amount of smoke.

In summary, this is a splendid cigar that gives excellent flavors. It also ages very well.

Smoking time:

30 – 50 Minutes

Additional Information

Brand Rafael Gonzales
Box of 25
Length 5.0 inches (127mm)
Ring Gauge 36
Shape Short Panetela
Strength Mild - Medium
Packing Code CB-UW-C/L-12,13-n-25


Everybody loves chocolate , 5/8/2019
By Robert
Good cigar. I started smoking these and almost forgot about the others I ordered. I paired it with a small cup of black coffee. Great flavor, burns evenly. And Everybody loves chocolate.
Winner in the cheap and cheerful category , 11/22/2017
By Miguel
Update to an earlier review. This cigar is a winner in my book for this price point. Making it my everyday go-to, age it a few years and it really shines. The box I purchased was from June 2014. Buy now while available!
Light slightly nutty budget habanos , 11/4/2017
By Miguel
Mild to light medium at its peak. This is a good, budget Habanos cigar for the price. Smoked a few over a week, getting a consistent slightly nutty, slightly creamy wood and coffee notes.

If you like a light cigar for a quick evening smoke, even a daily smoke, this is a good choice. If you want a full bodied and flavorful Habanos, I'd go for the budget Quintero.

Full flavor , 1/10/2017
By klauss
Excellent price, good to smoke with a coffee
As the description says, a hidden gem , 12/15/2016
By Gergely
Yes a hidden GEM.

It is cheap, not completely handmade, but worth the price.
I really like the deep taste of this cigar. Makes it a must in my humidor.
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