Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

User Rating: / 3

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At first glance, the Signature Series Robusto is very impressive. Augusto Reyes did a great job with the presentation. There are two decorative bands that really boost the cigar’s aesthetic qualities. The top band displays the Augusto Reyes Signature label around some intricate graphics. The bottom band at the foot lacks any decoration, but its gold color stands out nicely. The chocolate brown wrapper is oily and very smooth. Only a few veins can be seen with the naked eye. The cigar’s cap is neatly done as well. As I touch the Robusto I can tell that it’s well-packed with tobacco. There are no soft spots. For my first Augusto Reyes stogie, this one gives a great initial impression. As for the cold taste, I pick up some spiciness. The aroma, on the other hand, is sweet.

After lighting, the Signature Series Robusto exhibits solid burn qualities. The draw is a bit tight initially, but soon loosens up and becomes near perfect. The solid gray ash prevents from ruining my shirt too. The smoke is voluminous. The burn gets a bit uneven at times, but nothing that quick touch-ups cannot fix.

The Augusto Reyes Signature Series Robusto does well in the flavor department. It starts off with some spiciness. This soon combines with notes of leather and wood. The second third becomes sweet and creamy. Some coffee makes an appearance, and the spicy pepper reappears. The final third picks up in strength with bolder pepper, as well as more wood. Strength-wise, I would label the Signature Series Robusto as medium to full-bodied.

Would I purchase another Signature Series Robusto? I might. The cigar didn’t overwhelm me or make its mark in any way, but I cannot deny its quality. The construction, appearance, and burn were all satisfactory. The flavor had some nice variation as well. Fans of Dominican puros or experienced smokers may want to give it a shot. At $6 to $7 per single, there are obviously plenty of alternatives on the market. Still, if you are looking to try a different brand and haven’t dipped into the Augusto Reyes portfolio, you don’t have much to lose. Look for it in boxes of 20 and packs of five.

The Augusto Reyes Signature Series Robusto earns a rating of 3.25 out of four stars.

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