Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 27 December 2010

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There are no complaints to report in the burn department. From start to finish, the Sun Grown Robusto burns like a champ. It stays even without the need for any intervention from the lighter, and it also stays lit on its own. The lack of necessary maintenance is a plus, and it really allows you to enjoy the complex flavors, which will be discussed next. The draw is excellent, and the cigar produces nice, long ash.

As stated, the flavors within the Sun Grown Robusto offer plenty of complexity. There's never a dull moment throughout the cigar, and it kicks off with a nice tobacco flavor. The tobacco taste gives way to some earth and spice. The spice that is detected is rather subtle, and never overpowering. Some sweet and creamy flavors are next, and they are the most enjoyable of the bunch. This is a pretty smooth cigar overall, but it still has some decent strength to it.

The Sun Grown Robusto is another hit from Alec Bradley. It may not be the best the brand has to offer, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The cigar is solid in all departments, with good looks, a good burn, and complex flavor making the list of what it has to offer. It is too strong for beginners, but experienced smokers who enjoy full-bodied cigars should enjoy the Sun Grown. A single retails for over $6, which is a good value for a quality cigar like this one. You can also find it in packs of five or boxes of 20, where it drops to an average of under $5. It's safe to recommend a box purchase due to reasonable pricing paired with quality.

The Alec Bradley Sun Grown Robusto receives a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

Oliva Master Blends 3 Churchill


Oliva's Master Blends 3 is a limited edition release from the brand. It is said to be Oliva's most limited cigar in terms of production. In addition to its limited availability, the Master Blends 3 is also a bit more expensive than the usual Oliva offering.

The Master Blends 3 measures 7 x 50 in its Churchill size. Oliva also offers the line in the following sizes: the 5 x 50 Double Robusto, the 5 x 54 Double Robusto, and the 6 x 52 Torpedo. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro made completely of a variety of tobaccos from the Central American nation. Its filler is Nicaraguan Ligero, while the binder is Nicaraguan Habano. Topping things off is a Broadleaf Sun Grown wrapper. The Master Blends 3 is box-pressed and is said to be full-bodied in strength.

The Master Blends 3 Churchill has a subtle, yet attractive appearance. It has a medium-brown wrapper that is more dry than oily. The cigar appears to be well-constructed and is smooth. There are a few large veins running up and down the body as well. There are no soft spots, and it feels firm to the touch. It strays from being rock hard, however. A nice band sits near the head that features the Master Blends name. The band also has a picture of the countryside for some added decoration. Prior to lighting, the cigar has a scent and taste of spicy pepper.

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