Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 07 March 2012

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tabbaezsf1 We have two solid smokes to cover in this edition of reviews on We’ll kick things off with the highly affordable Tabacos Baez Serie SF Robusto, and wrap them up with the tasty Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro.

Tabacos Baez Serie SF Robusto

In case you haven’t heard of Tabacos Baez cigars, they’re a creation of the master himself, Don Pepin Garcia. The brand gets its name after the Cuban city in which Garcia was born. Just having the Don Pepin name associated with a cigar is reassuring, and when you consider the wallet-friendly price tag of these Nicaraguan sticks, the whole deal gets even better. Up for review is a Robusto offering from the brand’s Serie SF line.

The Serie SF Robusto measures 5 x 50. Other sizes in the line include the 6 x 46 Corona and the 6 x 50 Toro. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, meaning it’s constructed purely of tobaccos grown in the fertile Central American nation. The actual composition is 70 percent Nicaraguan Cuban Seed long filler mixed with 30 percent short filler. Topping off the cigar is a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. Strength-wise, the Serie SF Robusto is listed as being medium-bodied in nature.

At first glance, the Serie SF Robusto appears to have solid construction. This is usually the case with cigars from Don Pepin, so there are no surprises here. The dark brown wrapper has some veins, but no major defects. Feeling the cigar reveals a little bit of sponginess. There no real soft spots, however. A colorful green, yellow, and red band sits near the head that displays the Tabacos Baez logo and the Serie SF name. The colors remind me of those of the Green Bay Packers uniforms and don’t exactly mesh well with the cigar, but that’s not exactly important. Before lighting, I sense a scent and cold taste of pepper, which is usually another staple of Don Pepin cigars. Am I in for a spicy ride? There’s only one way to find out…..

The Serie SF Robusto lights with ease and has a good draw. There’s a nice volume of smoke as well. The gray ash is somewhat flaky, so watch your clothes. The burn is even and requires zero touch-ups or re-lights, so we are good to go in that respect.


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