Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 31 May 2010

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los blancos nine robusto oscuroratings and scores
robustostradivarius de los maestros robusto major

The flavors, like the burn, are also uninspiring. While not horrible, nothing really jumps out at you or keeps the palate intrigued. At first there is a cedar flavor, which is probably due to the packaging. A creamy flavor seems to be the dominant one here, as it comes and goes throughout the smoking of the cigar. There is also some earth present, and coffee is the last noticeable flavor. This is definitely a mild stick.

To say that the Stradivarius de Los Maestros was a disappointment would be an understatement. Removing the ornate packaging really gets the blood level going, but once it is lit, there is nothing to back up that initial excitement. The burn was not good at all, especially for a premium cigar. The flavors also lacked much excitement and were dull after a while. The real kicker is the price, which averages out to around $28 to $30. For all the issues involved, that price is way too high to justify. It seems as if half the price can be attributed to the packaging, although there is little doubt that the extreme aging of the tobacco adds a premium. Simply put, it does not seem worth its price tag. If you want to impress someone with one as a gift to show that you care, go for it, but you are better served getting a cheaper cigar that smokes better and has better flavor.

For its high price and underwhelming performance, the Stradivarius de Los Maestros Robusto Major gets an equally underwhelming rating of 1.5 out of 4 stars.

Los Blancos Nine Robusto Oscuro


The Los Blancos Nine line has a special meaning behind its name. No, its not named for the Hollywood musical with Penelope Cruz. Instead, it was created in the ninth year of operation for Los Blancos, and it was finally created after nine tries at getting the blend just right.

The Robusto size of the Los Blancos Nine Oscuro measures 5x50. The cigar is also offered in other sizes: the 6x52 Toro, the 6 1/2x52 Torpedo, and the 7x52 Double Corona. The cigar's filler is made of a blend of three different Nicaraguan Ligero tobaccos. The binder is Nicaraguan too. Finishing it off is a Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro wrapper. The Nine is categorized as being full-bodied.

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