PARTAGAS SPANISH ROSADO ROJITO

This small sized Robusto (4.5×50) is wrapped in a Honduran leaf, binded with a Connecticut broadleaf and filled with tobaccos from Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Honduras. Lots of influences make this cigar an interesting, flavorful medium bodied cigar. The cigar had a great draw and a pretty even burn and had toasty and creamy flavors along with pepper and cedar. At times it seemed a bit tinny, but it ended up balancing nicely. I really enjoyed this cigar and will be eager to pick up one again. Overall, I rate it at a nice B+.

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JOYA DE NICARAGUA CELEBRACION CONSUL

This was a pretty small cigar (4.5×52) but had lots of flavor. The beginning of the cigar had a woody, lemony flavor and as the cigar progressed it turned rather peppery and earthy. The draw was nice and the burn just a tad uneven. Honestly, this was not my preference in a cigar, but I can see how someone would enjoy it. However, just like the last Joya de Nicaragua I smoked the cigar went out on me twice. I really couldn’t believe it. As a result, I’ll give this one a deserving C- and officially give up on Joya de Nicaragua.

TABACALERA PERDOMO LOT 23 ROBUSTO

The Lot 23 is made from tobacco grown and aged in Nicaragua with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper. I smoked the Robusto which measured in at a typical 5×50. The draw was nice and the burn even. The wrapper was very nice looking aside from a vein or two, but overall it looked quite inticing. The cigar did not dissapoint. Cedary, creamy flavors along with a hint of nut and perhaps coffee mixed with a nice earthy twist, made a very enjoyable and pretty smooth medium-bodied cigar. I really enjoyed this cigar and will definetly be looking to pick up a few more very soon. Overall, I give it an A-.

OLIVA SERIE V DOUBLE ROBUSTO

Wow. My top 5 has changed after smoking this smooth, full-bodied wonderful cigar. The 5×50 Robusto is made with a Habano Sun Grown wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Jalapa Valley Ligero filler. It was a full bodied cigar with hints of cedar, coffee, chocolate, and maybe even a touch of nut. The cigar was so complex I analyzed it the entire time I smoked it and was left only wishing it had been a churchhill so I had more time to enjoy and analyze. The burn was a bit uneven, but I started out smoking it at the beach on a really windy evening, so I will assume this was the main culprit. The draw was perfect and it left me wishing I had another one just like it in my box (though I do have the enourmouse Special V Figurado 6×60 in my box that I’m saving for poker night on my birthday). Overall, I rate the cigar at an impressive A+.

ARTURO FUENTE DON CARLOS ROBUSTO

Honestly, I’m not sure which wrapper this one was, but I THINK it was a camaroon. Overall, the cigar was one of the smoothest I’ve ever smoked. Talk about smooth. Not a harsh note in it at all. Honestly, the flavor was not my cup of tea, but I suppose this is a thing of preference. For the price ($8.60), I’d rather smoke a Cohiba, but I was pleased to smoke the one I had. Made of Dominican tobacco, this Robusto was sized at around 5×50, and had, at times, a sweet taste in the finish. Overall, I’ll give it an even A.

ROCKY PATEL 1992 VINTAGE ROBUSTO

The 1992 was a beautiful looking, nice sized cigar (5.5×50). Made from a 10 year old Ecuadorian Sumatra sungrown wrapper and 7 year old Honduran filler, this cigar was earthy, peppery and full-bodied. This one had lots of flavor, a great draw and a pretty decent burn. Nice, smooth cigar that I really enjoyed and I look forward to picking more of these up soon. I rate it at an A-.

TATUAJE HABANA VI ANGELES PETITE CORONA

Pronounced ta-too-wah-hey, the Habana VI is an excellent cigar made from all Nicaraguan tobacco and rolled with a “beautiful Cuban triple-cap”. This was a small cigar, sized at 4 5/8 x 42 and makes for a very flavorful quick smoke. The burn was a bit uneven, but the draw was pretty good and flavors of pepper, spice and cedar were plentiful. The cost was perhaps a little high for the size of the cigar ($5) but I found it to be more or less worth while. Overall I’ll rate the cigar at an A-.

CAO AMERICA POTOMAC

The America is a beautiful pinstripe cigar made with two Connecticut wrappers, one a Natural and the other a Sungrown broadleaf. The binder is Brazilian and the filler is a mixture of Nicaraguan, Italian, Dominican and USA tobaccos. Fitting if you ask me. An American named cigar with influences from all over the world. A mirror of our culture. The cigar was not near as mild as I expected. With the Connecticut wrappers, I didn’t expect the spice I tasted, but the cigar was full of spicy, peppery flavors throughout. It started off a bit rough, but finished a little smoother. The Potomac is a nice sized cigar at 5×56, and the presentation of the cigar is one of the best I’ve seen. I was a little dissapointed, but not unsatisfied and would rate the cigar overall at a strong B+.

CAO ITALIA NOVELLA

Wow. What a cigar! This particular size is great for a quick smoke, but it left me wanting quite a bit more. The Honduran wrapper, and Peruvian, Nicaraguan and Italian filler make for a very sweet, very smooth cigar. The draw was perfect and the burn a bit uneven, but the flavor far outweighed all of that. I was sad to put it down. The Novella is sized at 4.5×46. Overall I give it an even A.

TIMUCUAN TOBACCO HOUSE BARBERPOLE ROBUSTO

This is the house cigar of a cigar shop I frequent, made from a private label in Miami. The barberpole wrapper is Ecuadorian Maduro and Ecuadorian Natural with Nicaraguan filler. I have to say, this was a pretty good smoke. Plenty of spice from the Maduro leaf, but the Natural leaf it was paired with kept it pretty smooth with a long finish. The cigar had an excellent draw with a perfectly even burn. At four bucks, I may have to have another one of these in the near future. Overall I give it a B+.

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