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So, a Petit Robusto/Robusto tasting ... First I thought, hmm not in my boxes so far. Until I remembered that somebody was mocking around, that the Spaniards bring out a PR every year. Enough babbling. It's a good format when you're waiting for food and you feel like a smoke. Beautiful undertones of cocoa, cinnamon, floral a little caramel and the cigar sky is already complete. The chef calls, a nice BBQ waits. Happy Smoking Everybody ????
Very quick review. Got some of these this morning in Seville. They are fresh and young, a little harshness on the nose. But it reminds me of a good Cuban custom roll. A sweet fruitiness and now a little coffee coming in, like Monsdales at their best. Lovely wrapper too. Silky smooth, like one of the better farm rolls. Very nice cigar and I think has potential. Well priced at 75 euro a box of 10.
This is a small cigar (6 inches by 32 rg) and is one of the cigars that really rocks my jocks. I smoke a lot of them. This one is the last of a box that I've had in my humidor for about 3 1/2 months. Luckily I have 2 more boxes still sitting. Sunday morning with coffee is my favorite time to smoke one of these. Cold draw: Very easy draw, but not a wind tunnel. Lots of salt with a sour note and something sweet. It tastes like the Caribbean and promises lots of flavor. On the light and through the first inch it's salt on the tongue and pepper on the lips and through the nose. But there is also that very pronounced citrusy/sour/sweetness, like seaweed and grapefruit juice. The smoke is thick and creamy and there is lots of it. After the first third and through the second the saltiness diminishes and the twang becomes deeper, more earthy but still very creamy. Some other flavors develop, leather and licorice come through. There is no mongrel, no hard edges and it's smooth as silk through the nose. The aroma is pungent and floral. You need to slow down with this one, not only because it tastes so frickin good and we want it to last as long as possible, but also because as we get into the last third the nicotine makes it's presence known. In the last half I just sip on it. Small draws bring plenty of intensely flavorful smoke. For such a skinny little cigar who would guess that it has the potential to really kick your ass but it gets powerful at the end. In the last third the salt is gone, the twang takes a back seat and the earth, cream and leather come forward. And here the pepper also comes back around and lingers on my lips and tongue from one draw to the next. Now my fingers are burning and it's done. Smoking time, about an hour and a quarter. If I had to be stranded on a desert island with one cigar, this would be it.