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Please be merciful.. this is my first review.
Yesterday I decided to smoke the only gifted cigar I had from a friend. It was a Tabak Especial - Robusto Dulce from Drew Estate. I prepared the hottub while turned off to have a nice hot surrounding while not impairing the flavors because the pumps were not running. It is very rare that I get to enjoy a cigar more than once every few months so I tried to have some fun with this one. Here's how that played out.
Disclaimer: My palete is ridiculously inexperienced, so the opinions, images and review expressed here are opinionated and entirely from my own point of view.
Size: 5 x 54
The construction on the cigar is well.. unknown to me as I'm a newb, but I'd say that it seemed firm, had one large vein noticeable in the picture, no soft spots on any of the area, no visible damage after receiving it a week ago, though some obvious multi-coloring of the leaf can be seen on the head. I'm certain it wasn't humidified before I got it, and then only in a humidor bag for about a week as my humidor seasoned once I took hold of it. There is of particular note, a strange happening with the foot of this cigar, as it seems all of the Tabak Especial's has, and that is it looks like the front of it exploded a bit. There is also a classic style band near the head, and a bronze embossed lettering band on the foot.
The cigar has a very overpowering scent of molasses and undercooked cocoa. As I'm not a coffee drinker and never have had such drinks, I would say that this is probably the specific scent, but the more commonly understood scent would be that of a gourmet coffee. Also of note, is that the scent seems to be quite pungent, as touching it maintains it on the skin for quite some time. It is in all aspects, an appealing yet if unbalanced smell.
Onto the smoking!
First, the locale:
Now for the cigar.
I attempted to toast the cigar with my Bugatti B1 torch lighter but as I'm quite new to toasting and using torch lighters I can't be certain I did it properly. That being said, while it lit quite easily, I'm certain I may have burnt it in some form, though this did not seem to impair the cigar. On what I'll call the "first draw", I received an abundance of that molasses and cocoa sensation on my tongue, which lingered on the tongue for quite some time. It was overpowering and distracted from the textures of the cigar which were harder to make out, but the draw was very smooth and easy, and smoke was plentiful with a white-milky appearance. The cigar stayed pretty much the same throughout the first third, and by end of this part of the cigar the ash fell off appearing like a golden graham cracker.
While in the hot tub, a deadly killer wasp decided to drop out of the air and land in the tub, sending me scrambling around trying to get it out. It seems it was trying to tell me something that I wouldn't realize until later. It drowned and didn't even get a burial. It occurs to me that the "Wasps" might be a fun bomb group name.
So far I am not getting much from this cigar other than what was in the initial impressions. The consistency is the same, it holds on well, and the ash while a little lopsided at times appears good. As for the flavors, it has began to transition into something a bit more bitter as well as becoming hotter to smoke, though its overpowering cocoa scent remains albeit the molasses are now clearly burnt and leave a longer impression on the tongue. At this point I took off the band which came off quite easily. The second third also had an on the mark ash falling, though it was more dark gray rather than graham cracker. Also, the burn line while about as straight a path as a drunk man's car, didn't seem to cause any problems with the cigar.
This cigar's flavor profile reminds me of french kissing a camel, specifically one that has had water recently. Speaking of water, that happens to be the drink I'm using to keep my palette (which sucks) fresh, but at the same time it is because of the monolithic amount of saliva this cigar seems to elicit.
The killer wasp's friend showed up. It looked at me menacingly knowing that I'd only be able to share it with terrible out of focus long distance photos. Strangely enough it avoided its fallen friend's fate and also avoided the corpse.
The burn line remains quite bumpy and a small piece in the center of what remains of this cigar is now tearing off the wrapper. The scent is beginning to finally wane and become less intense, while the cigar itself has become increasingly hot and a new tone of vanilla has entered the fray it seems, unfortunately this cigar is simply too short to allow for that and the burnt molasses and now overcooked and burnt cocoa flavors are overpowering the cigars last (and really only) trick. By now it has become incredibly soft and has been smoked to what I would call the "nub" and further smoking will just continue to burn my tongue so I will set this down now.
This cigar in itself is the worst I've ever smoked (incase you couldn't tell I didn't like it), and that's saying something as I once had an Alec Bradley M23 (or 32 or w/e) Family Blend that literally tasted like I was chewing on raw meat. Which is not the type of flavor I seek in a cigar. As I put earlier, I am not a coffee drinker nor have I even tried it, but if this is what coffee is like then count me out. While I'm certain some people will like this cigar as the reviews on other sites seem to tout it as the gift from heaven, it isn't something I could recommend to anyone that wasn't fond of coffee or at the least, a camel's tongue in your mouth sloshing away and writhing around.
I don't get how people rate things well even though they hate it, since just because the construction is good (this cigar has good construction), the burn is okay (the burn is okay), it looks good (sure why not), and it didn't explode on you (it looked like it though), it somehow gets an 80 despite them saying "I didn't like it".
So my rating is a 5/10, it get a D as it probably isn't worthy of the worst cigar in existence award, and I would NOT have this again unless I were bribed (yes I am bribable). That being said, this cigar seriously makes me consider not having another cigar ever again for the potential of it being as bad as this. Not a good first starter stick or starter stick at all. Give this to your enemy, then tell him not to smoke it, make him your ally.
Like gourmet coffee? Try this cigar.
Not a fan of coffee or haven't tried it? Don't try this cigar.
Have this cigar and don't want to toss it? Have this cigar before one you really like, to appreciate it that much more --allow 30 minutes to clear the overpowering scent from your mouth and wash your hands or you'll smell it forever.
Camel's mouth, french kissing, killer wasps drowning, menacing stares, barbecue chips.
Instead of having ketchup chips like some people on chat would have you like, I cleared my mouth of this taste prior to tooth brushing and powerful toothpaste with an entire can of STAX, eaten in about 1 minute.
Sorry my post is long this is my first review, I wanted to be detailed and specific so as to give me a better chance of winning the newb review contest or at the least making one note worthy.
Since it was said boobs add's points and it was mentioned... here are the "pizza" boobs.