Pinar Del Rio Oscuro Robusto
Price: $2 from Cigarsinternational.com
Weather/ Location: 82* F slight breeze/ front porch
Storage: 65% RH for 8 months (in cellophane)
Drink: Coca Cola
Lighter/cutter: Ronson/ cheap plastic cutter
Appearance/ construction: A very dark oscuro wrapper that looks seamless, and topped with a double cap. The wrapper is nice and smooth, and looking at the foot, the cigar looks like it has a nice even pack to it. Feeling along the cigar, I donít notice any hard or soft spots. Overall, I love the look of this cigar!
Prelight: This cigar smells great! Very sweet tobacco scent off the wrapper and foot with just a hint of raisin. The draw is exactly how I like it, just a slight resistance. On the prelight draw, I get a ton of raisin flavor with a nice sweet tobacco.
First 1/3: opens up right away with a little pepper and a very oily mouth feel that coats my palate with sweet tobacco. This cigar produces tons of smoke, which I love! About half an inch in, the pepper starts to fade, and the sweet tobacco comes to the forefront, with a slight cocoa hint. The pepper remains in the retrohale. Unfortunately, the wind is starting to pick up and the burn starts to get a little wavy.
Halfway point: Ash finally falls off, I was actually standing up when it hit the floor and did not crumble, great construction for this cigar! I also went inside and took a phone call for a couple minutes and the cigar didnít miss a beat, came back out and smoked like nothing happened. Flavors remain about the same, with the addition of slightly more cocoa. The burn has corrected itself, also.
Final 1/3: The pepper starts to ramp up and the cigar starts to gain a little more strength, but never becomes overpowering. The sweetness is in the background still, but itís not as prevalent as it was in the beginning. A little woodiness also starts to develop in this last third.
Overall: This is one of favorite cigars and a go-to stick. I have forgotten to mention in my other reviews that I have smoked at least 2 of each of these cigars before doing a review on them to give them a fair chance and to ensure that my opinions are not based on a bad cigar or any other reasons. But for this cigar, I love them, and recommend them to anyone who wants a high quality, low cost cigar.
Another one in the books!