The wrapper is dark and flawless with an oily sheen to it. There are no imperfections to be found anywhere on the whole stick. It has a nice weight in the hand and is firm with no discernible soft spots. I give the overall appearance and construction a 10/10
I held the foot to my nose and gave a nice deep inhale and picked up on some great aromas of coffee, honey-like sweetness, pepper, and rich tobacco.
I used my trusty v-notch cutter to cut the cap and took a deep cold draw. Immediately I was hit with lots of pepper on the back of the throat with an undertone of sweetness. I couldn't wait to toast it up.
I used my blazer torch to slowly toast the foot as I turned the cigar in my hand, evenly charring the whole foot before I really got it lit and going. As I was doing so the smoke just started pouring off the scorched tobacco and the aroma was out of this world. I took a few deep puffs to really get it going before letting the burn settle in and there were great flavors of spice, toasted nuts, and coffee. The draw was spot on.
(Tense change warnings- as I'm going to write this how I took my notes)
Currently peppery spice is dominating with a toasty sweetness coming through on the long and pleasant finish. The burn is not quite razor sharp but there are no complaints here. As I'm progressing through the first 3rd the spiciness is fading slightly and more of the coffee-like sweetness is coming through. Flavor and strength are def med/full. Toward the end of the 1st- the ash fell off on its own as I placed it in my ashtray to rest for a moment and the burn went a little wonky, however, it is still smoking fantastically. The burn is fixing itself as I take the next few draws on the cigar. Rich tobacco flavors are dominating now and the finish is of chocolate/coffee sweetness and undertones of pepper.
Coffee and chocolate are really showing now. Pepper is still on the back of the throat and it provides a great balance to the flavors. Burn is continuing to stray but still manages to fix itself along the way. The smoke coming off the cigar is reminiscent of the same that I got from toasting the foot and its creating a really fantastic smoking experience. Flavors are really starting to blend together nicely. I do end up having to do one small burn correction with my torch but nothing to cry about. As I'm transitioning into the final 3rd, I'm really starting to get some nice dark chocolate flavors.
The strength is really picking up now. Dark chocolate and coffee are at the forefront. There is still a lot of sweetness blended with rich spice as the final 3rd progresses toward the nub. There is definitely a nice little nic kick at the end and the flavors remain strong and pleasant to the end. The burn did go a bit crazy as I was finishing up, but I am attributing that to the fact of not letting it rest for very long. I just couldn't put it off any longer!
Overall rating 9/10
I would definitely buy a box of these and I have a feeling that these will be phenomenal with some age on them.
Thanks for the opportunity and the kind offer, JD! I'm looking forward to torching up the robusto.
I'll try and edit later with my pictures.
Edited by bluue13, 14 April 2012 - 04:50 PM.