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"Better than some more expensive cigars."

Review by: Jeff Potts
Review Date: 01/07/2008
Rating: 6.67
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Review Notes: It's no Montecristo, but it's a nice looking cigar with some veins appearent on the wrapper. Cutting it with a guillotine cutter, it holds together well, but feels a little soft to the touch. The draw is good as I sparked it up with a match, and got the cigar burning. I could sum it up with an anaology to another cigar: the La Aurora Preferidos Tubos Sapphire. Same basic taste. Sort of a woodsy, slightly cubanesque flavor of a refugee Trinidad with a mild vanilla presence, and a little bit of black pepper notes to keep it on the interesting side. There's a slight creamy character at play, but the overwhelming flavor is definately woodsy. The burn wasn't razor-sharp but was quite even, consistant, slow, and it pretty much remained cool to the nub. As I said before, the construction was quite soft, which was a bit of a drawback, but the ash was good for about 3/4", and was a silvery gray. All in all, a good cigar. Unlike the Preferidos that I compared it to, the flavor didn't go flat at all, but remained consistant all the way down the stick. My only criticism is that it has a long, unpleasent finish that I liken to the aftertaste of an hour of licking cardboard. If you smoke this stick, either eat right afterwards, or light up a stronger cigar to kill the stale aftertaste. The robustos go for something like $115.00 for a bundle of 20. It was a good stick, and I'd take it over a Sapphire Tubo any day of the week, but like the La Aurora I'd have a hard time justifying that kind of money for what I get. Maybe if they dropped the price to $80.00, then I'd consider a purchase.

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