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09
Feb

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 50 ring gauge
Hand-Made
Strength : Light to Medium
Price : ~ € 13 / $ 15 each
More info about purchasing H. Upmann cigars…

H. Upmann cigars are classified by Habanos S.A. as light to medium strength and as a global brand in their portfolio.
The brand was first introduced in 1844.
The Anejados concept was introduced first in 2015 with the Romeo Y Julieta Piramides Anejados. Since then Cuba has released few cigar with a double band mentioning the concept name: Anejados. All these cigars have been aged in Cuba for 5 years or more, allowing the blend to be rounded and mellower when released.
Se far I haven’t had a very impressive cigar coming out of this new range from Habanos S.A.
Let’s see what the H Upmann Robusto tells us…

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 3 out of 6 stars

Tasting

The cigar starts quite strong for an H Upmann. The brand characteristic develops creamy texture and light to medium strength. The beginning brings some spiciness in the back f the tongue. The draw is perfect but the cigar sometimes shows signs of weak burn even though the ash quickly reveal a great construction by standing long.
The draw is sometimes too easy. I have always liked a bit of resistance to my cigars and do not enjoy a fast burning cigar so much.
The strength decreases on the second part of the cigar turning light to medium and a slight creaminess finally appears after the bitter and vegetal first part.
The vegetal part also linked to fresh cigars sometimes is present until half way but do not bother me much as the balance is very enjoyable. Not at all a typical H Upmann flavour profile.

Past half way the cigar really opens up and wonderful flavours come up. I can read on my tasting notes “SO GOOD”. Creaminess, sweetness, lots of nuts, and roasted almonds appears. Allowing a round feeling yet very complex. It is a nice journey as the cigar evolves a lot even though it isn’t one of these big format.

Until the end, the intensity is high, the strength balanced and the flavours very rich. It reminds me of the 2005 Magnum 46 in packs of 3 we could still find not long ago in some cigar shops.

The last third is quite impressive. No bitterness, high acidity allowing the flavours to linger for long on the palate. Very interesting intensity. Stronger than expected but great nutty flavours and creamy structure.

Conclusion

Probably the best anejados cigar from Habanos. Very promising cigar, great size and nice complexity. It should get rounder and rounder over the years.

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27
Oct

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 56×5
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Draw : 2 out of 6 stars
Burn : 6 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 2 out of 6 stars

Tasting
CAO Brazilia 5×56 from a 4-pack sampler. The MX2 from this sampler did not impress, so nothing but higher hopes for the Brazilia. Outside smell is musty earth. Cut end presents cream. Wrapper is dark brown, slightly toothy, tight, invisible seams. Filler is a little lighter than the wrapper. Pack is firm. First tastes – we’re off to a good start. It’s woody, meaty, tart with a touch of sweetness. Nice flavors. Not quite rich but it’s early days into this stick. There is the tiniest bit of spice leftover on the linger and the finish is short. Draw is snug but not troublesome. Burn seems slow but there is a steady amount of smoke coming off the foot. Burnline is decent.

First third down – flavor profile is unchanged. The ash however is changing color. It starts grey but turns brown. Thought it was a trick of the light but no. First ash held to nearly halfway. I would scale the flavor and body at the high end of medium. Some reviewers of earlier vintages reported nut and chocolate notes, but I don’t get that. It’s still mostly woody with raisiny dried fruit notes, especially in the offsmoke. This is its most redeeming flavor quality but it’s good.

Past halfway and it’s smoking just fine. An hour in and reaching the final third. Flavor profile is the same, just more cooked. Not really getting any strength, which is a good thing for me. Down to the last inch and there is more ash than cigar, which speaks well for the construction. If anything, the taste has mellowed, no bitterness, not over-charred. The cap is starting to fall apart but that’s to be expected this far along It’s about to be too hot to hold so kudos for being good to the end. 1.5 hours smoke time

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24
Jul

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador – Habano Marron Oscuro
Binder : Mexico – Negro San Andres
Filler : Dominican Republic – San Vicente Mejorado Visus / Piloto Seco / Olor Visus
Nicaragua – Esteli Visus / Condega Visus
Hand-Made
Price : ~$17.5 each
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Davidoff is one of the most famous cigar brands worldwide. The brand was first famous for its Cuba cigars until 1991-1992. Then for their Dominican cigars. But in the past few years we have seen them exploring the world with new complex blend such as this Winston Churchill Late Hour.

Draw : 6 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
strength : 3.5 out of 6 stars

Appearance
One has to admit, Davidoff has done a fantastic marketing job when it comes to the visual aspect of its brand in general. The Winston Churchill line, just like the man itself, has so many different profiles and each well designed.
This new Late Hour band, highlights a deep gold embossing over a black lacquered type of finish band. This colour scheme really express the luxurious time you will spend with this cigar.
The wrapper is maduro from Ecuador. The cigar looks greatly rolled (typical for Davidoff), with a nice feeling to it.

Tasting

1st Part
As expected when is comes to a fine Davidoff cigar, the draw is great and the there are noting to say about it.
Te cigar starts medium, developing an intense caramel flavour profile with a slight spiciness at the beginning that slowly disappears.
As the cigar burns, the ash doesn’t stay long on the cigar and is rather loose. I would expect nice and ling ash to follow this great flavour profile but instead it falls like powder in the ashtray…

2nd Part
Not much development on the second third. You still have this great sweetness being very present. Hints of cocoa and dark coffee are present as well. The Late Hour Robusto doesn’t over heat and this second part gets lighter than the first. The density of smoke is high and the aroma very peasant.

3rd Part
If I had to describe this last third with one word it would be “SWEET”. The sweetness intensity high high however the flavours gets really complex and very enjoyable.
A woodiness appears melted with hints of nuts and roasted coffee. The finish is long and this sweetness lingers on the palate. The cigar is really well balanced in terms of strength and flavours.

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02
Jun

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$30 each
More info about purchasing Arturo Fuente Lost City cigars…

I have always been amazed by all the lifestyle behind the incredible Fuente family. The Opus line almost became an addiction for some and a myth for others.
Not my everyday cigar, as I normally do not spend over $15 in new world cigars, but I thought I would give it a try again.

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavours : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Aromas : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 3 out of 6 stars

Overall Quality : 4.1 out of 6 stars (4.1)

Appearance : 6 out of 6 stars
Not much to say when it comes to the appearance. The Arturo Fuente Opus X Robusto is loyal to the brand’s reputation of high quality cigars. Perfectly soft and silky wrapper. Super thin and oily!
The Colorado Claro colour is stunning. Beautiful shade of brown.
What a beautiful looking cigar!

Construction : 5 out of 6 stars
The Opus X Robusto burnt extremely evenly throughout the cigar. A solid, well formed, whit ash was proudly standing for long on the cigar.
The draw was great delivering a high density of smoke without requiring lots of effort. I did not have to relight it once. I sometimes fear an easy draw would get me to overheat the cigar toward the end but this wasn’t the case for the Opus X Robusto keeping the same medium strength all the way.

Flavor : 3.5 out of 6 stars

1st Part:
The first two puffs were stronger than expected. Full bodied, with an explosion of spices and leathery texture. Right after that the strength settle to medium allowing the cigar to slowly express its beautiful and soft spiciness. A high acidity that allowed the palate to constantly have a feel of the last puff. Therefore a very long finish of cedar wood notes was appreciated.
The draw was very pleasant allowing a thick smoke to easily be formed which had a very soft and delicate aroma. An aroma very vegetal reminding of a freshly cut grass.
Towards the end of the first part the leathery texture was disappearing to be replaced with a soft creaminess. The acidity level became lower as well as the texture didn’t last for very long.

2nd Part:
After a complex first part that kept on changing, the second was more linear. The creamy texture was present and a high sweetness was dominating the flavour profile. The notes of cinnamon and cardamom were incredible as well. Easy to reckon and appreciate.
The burn was impeccable and the amount of smoke was very constant. I, however expected some more action from this middle part.

3rd Part:
Until the very end I didn’t have to relight a single time the cigar. It took me less than an hour to go through this robusto and I am amazed with such a high quality of construction.
The tobacco never felt bitter and sometimes the last third can express some excess of nicotine and amoniac. The Arturo Fuento Opus X Robusto did not show such a sign. The sweetness and soft texture remained the same. Although the flavours got richer with a nice intensity to it. The spiciness from the beginning came back a bit too late to my opinion.

Overall Rating : 4.1 out of 6 stars (4.1)
The Arturo Fuente Opus X line is produced in very small quantities. They have the reputation to be the finest of the finest in the Dominican Republic Island. When many people still think, this island produce soft and light tobacco, there are few cigars on the market that can show you the opposite. The rich flavours ( sometimes to linear…) of this Robusto showed some serious blending and tobacco quality. For people not looking for high complexity cigars but still rich flavours and aromas, perfectly rolled this is one special one. The price is of course due to the rarity of it.
I believe it is a great “special occasion” cigar that will please most of your guests if you wish to be generous. It will at least satisfy you without any doubt.

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22
Jul

Avo Syncro Nicaragua Short Robusto

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Ecuador
Filler : Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Peruvian Olancho
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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If you are an Avo fan, then you know that Avo Uvezian has his roots as a jazz pianist. Calling on that background, he has named this blend the Avo “Syncro” after the concept of musical synchronization. The goal with this cigar was to “synchronize” the experience of smoking Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The cigar also contains tobaccos from Ecuador and Peru. The Nicaraguan tobacco is of particular interest as it comes from a volcanic island in the center of Lake Nicaragua called Ometepe. Is the Avo Syncro Nicaragua truly a “synchronization” of tobacco flavors? I smoked the Short Robusto to find out.

Appearance : 4.5 out of 5 stars
The wrapper on the Avo Syncro Nicaragua Short Robusto is a medium brown color with a slightly reddish tint under certain lighting. There is a bit of oil, but not a lot. It has a definite, rustic appearance there are some very prominent veins and seams. The band with the Avo logo is very nice to look at.

Construction : 3.5 out of 5 stars
There were no major issues with construction, but it wasn’t ideal by my standards. The burn line was even through most of the smoke, but there were some issues that needed correcting in the first third. What annoyed me more was the slightly loose draw. I prefer my draw more on the tight side. It wasn’t too bad, but it just wasn’t great.

Flavor : 4 out of 5 stars
The first third features a backdrop of coffee, cedar, and pepper. Up front is some kind of fruity sweetness with a hint of something creamy—like cherries in whipped cream. That is not a very typical dominant flavor for a cigar and immediately grabs my attention. In the second third, the coffee rises to the foreground and the sweetness pushes back on a level with the cedar and pepper. In the final third, the coffee strengthens and becomes slightly bitter (not harsh). The sweet note from the beginning is now in the distant backdrop. There is a note of hay or grass weaving throughout the last third.

The flavors are interesting, but I think they could have used some more complexity. I also would have preferred a better balance of bitterness and sweetness at the end. The bitterness was slightly much for me.

Value : 4 out of 5 stars
I cannot really complain about the price, but I would have preferred for $8 a stick that the construction be a little better than it was.

Overall Rating : 4 out of 5 stars
I found this cigar to be an interesting and enjoyable smoke which delivered some intriguing flavors. I was not crazy about the loose draw though and wish the burn line hadn’t required so much attention. All of that said, I would happily smoke another of these and would definitely recommend giving them a try.

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30
Jun

Don Bernardo El Caballero

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Don Bernardo CigarsSize : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Criollo 98
Filler : Dominican Seco, Ligero and Olor, Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder : Dominican Olor
Hand-Made
Price : N/A

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Richard Galdieri about reviewing a cigar made by his company, Don Bernardo Cigars.

Don Bernardo is not a very well-known name in the cigar world yet, but Richard started in cigar manufacturing in 1989. You will not find a lot of information yet on this boutique line; El Caballero cigars come in three sizes: Montefino (52 x 6.5″), El Rey (57 x 6″), Robusto (50 x 5″). For this review, I tried out the Robusto.

Disclaimer: cigars for this review were provided free of charge.

Appearance : 4 out of 5 stars
The El Caballero Robusto has a medium brown wrapper. There are some noticeable creases, but overall the appearance is very smooth with only the finest veins. The leaf is very oily and has a distinct gleam to it.

Construction : 5 out of 5 stars
Construction is outstanding on this stogie. The burn line was very even and only required minor touchups. Draw was perfect, just tight enough to offer the right amount of resistance.

Flavor : 3.75 out of 5 stars (3.75)
Right off the top you get a burst of spices and pepper. This is somewhat in-your-face, but it quickly cools down. Dessert flavors take over: chocolate and espresso and roasted nuts. The dessert flavors dominate the rest of the experience, but the spices and pepper are still there to balance it all out. The flavors are smooth, but the cigar is definitely leaning toward full-bodied. I wouldn’t characterize this flavor profile as particularly unique, but it is very enjoyable.

Value : N/A
The price is still TBA, and these are not yet available to the general public. So I cannot make a comment on the value yet.

Overall Rating : 4 out of 5 stars
Assuming the price is right, there is nothing to complain about with the Don Bernardo El Caballero Robusto. I very much enjoyed the flavors, and the construction was top-notch. I will be excited to see how these cigars catch on once they are released.

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16
Jun

A. Flores Gran Reserva Sun Grown Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : RobustoPDR Cigars
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican / Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican
Blender : Abe Flores
Manufacturer : PDR Cigars
Hand-Made
Price : $12.35
More info about purchasing A. Flores Gran Reserva…

The word “fine” has evolved in meaning through generations of English speaking people. “I feel fine” means you don’t have aches and pains, and the sarcastic “Fine!” means you’re done discussing a disagreeable subject and want to move on. But I like using the word “fine” in the more classical sense. To me, the word fine connotes something artisan; well made and of outstanding quality. Recently, I smoked a cigar that struck me as having all the elements that make for a truly fine cigar, the PDR A. Flores Gran Reserva Sun Grown Robusto.

A good first impression.

As an empirical cigar smoker, I’m always looking for the perfect cigar. I have an ideal in mind against which I judge every cigar I smoke. The perfect cigar must have it all, great construction (draw, burn, etc.), exceptional flavor (balance, smoothness), and heavenly aroma. For a cigar to be great, everything needs to fall into place.

A. Flores Gran Reserva Sun Grown Robusto

At first glance, the Gran Reserva looks like a contender for greatness. It’s a beautiful cigar to behold, with a flawless, Colorado-claro, Ecuadorian Habano sun grown wrapper. There are no blemishes, and the seams are barely visible. Although sun grown, the GR has the look and feel of a wrapper sheltered under cloth. Hailing from Ecuador, the natural cloud cover of the region filters enough light to create a delicate sun grown leaf in the open field.

Perfect triple cap.

The cap is a thing of wonder. It is wound perfectly: tight with multiple windings. The cigar retains its shape even with a deep guillotine cut. Examining the foot reveals perfectly random entubado (Cuban cigar rolling technique whereby each leaf in the filler is rolled into a tube, allowing airflow through the length of the cigar) bunching, foreshadowing a nice, easy draw. Plus its robusto size (5×52) promises abundant smoke.

Entubado construction at its best.

The GR comes in cellophane, with each cigar encased in cedar veneer. This adds a nice aroma to the stick that will only increase as it ages. The addition of a ribbon foot band ensures the cigar will not spread as it ages. It seems apparent that Abe Flores, the creator of the GR has taken extra steps to preserve the quality of these cigars over time.

Off the charts aroma.

The Gran Reserva lights easily, and burns with a perfectly cylindrical, although somewhat flakey ash. I am almost halfway through a box of 24, and all the sticks I’ve smoked have burned evenly, requiring no touchups. Here, the entubado construction really shows its worth.

Upon lighting, a sweet nuttiness appears, with a touch of caramel corn. This stick is delicious. But the GR isn’t a dense cigar, and it starts out burning a bit hot. It also burns faster than I would like. I would have preferred a more tightly packed cigar. As it is, the cigar is a quick smoke for a robusto.

After the first inch, the GR starts to cool down, and remains so to the nub. As the cigar progresses, a soft chewiness takes hold. Like a golden layer cake, this cigar is downright delicious. It’s an easy smoke, utterly relaxing and enjoyable. Its aroma is divine and quintessentially cigar.

Mid way, the GR becomes slightly earthy, and gains an almost menthol character. I attribute that to the cedar packaging. At this point, the cigar is quite mild. It reminds me of the newer, Cuban H. Upmann Magnum 50 in both its draw and complex yet subtle flavor.

Beautiful packaging adds to the Grand Reserva’s sense of quality.

At the nub it all comes together. Earthy sweetness melds with herbal/floral nuances, and it’s disappointing when there is nothing left to smoke. Because this is a mild cigar, some smokers may not be satisfied when finished. It is best appreciated when smoked in the morning. But because this cigar is so good, I find myself enjoying two, back to back.

A fine cigar indeed.

We have all heard the term “Fine Cigars”, and often, these hand made beauties are indeed quite fine. But when judging cigars as an aficionado, cigar smoking becomes a super critical task. We are always judging one cigar against all others. In the case of the PDR A. Flores Gran Reserva Robusto, fine has an elevated meaning, and is what I look for when I want to fully enjoy the best a cigar has to offer. I recommend the Gran Reserva to smokers who prefer mild cigars, or to anyone seeking pure pleasure in our celebration of all things cigar.

Flavors: Cashews, vanilla, cedar
X Factor: 9.2
Finish: Woody
Strength: Mild-Medium

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01
Jun

Ashton Symmetry Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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This highly anticipated cigar is the result of collaboration between Arturo Fuente and Ashton. There were hitches in the development process which led to delays, including fires in the Arturo Fuente factory. This didn’t stop this dynamic duo from coming out with a popular and highly rated cigar—the first since 2006 to bear the Ashton name.

The Ashton Symmetry is available in five different sizes: Belicoso, Prestige (Churchill), Prism (Corona), Robusto and Sublime (Toro). For this review, I smoked the 5” x 50 Robusto.

Appearance : 5 out of 5 stars
This is a very nice-looking stogie with a wrapper that has a rich golden brown color. It is very smooth and has a pronounced oily sheen with few prominent veins. The label colors are offset nicely by the color of the wrapper. The overall effect is very pleasing to the eye. As it turns out, it is also a great representation for the quality within.

Construction : 4.5 out of 5 stars
This cigar smokes as smooth as it looks. I had zero problems with the draw, which was perfect and consistent throughout. The burn was also quite even and consistent, needing only minor touchups here and there.

Flavor : 4.5 out of 5 stars
The flavors during the first third are a combination of woods (cedar and oak I believe), spices, and a hint of toast and fruit. The spices become stronger going into the middle third, and there are hints of something smoky and musky which reminds me a bit of sitting out at a campfire in the woods. Underneath it all is leather. The spicy notes take a decline in the final third, and at this point the toast takes front and center stage. The roasted flavors materialize as nuts, and there is a hint of cream rounding everything out. Now I am getting a whiff of something floral—flowers by the campfire. The leather note is prominent throughout. All in all, it is a unique and intriguing flavor profile.

Value : 4 out of 5 stars
Being as this is a really good cigar and I have zero other complaints, it is hard for me to get too down about the price, though I do wish it were a couple dollars cheaper. It isn’t an everyday smoke at this price point, and I wish it could be. But it is well worth the cost.

Overall Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars
I can’t really dock a star because of the slightly higher price—which in the grand scheme of things still is not that bad. In terms of appearance, flavors and construction, the Ashton Symmetry Robusto is excellent, and a great return for the Ashton brand name.

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27
Apr

Alec Bradley Sanctum Robusto

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran Corojo
Filler : Columbian, Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Costa Rican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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The Alec Bradley Sanctum uses tobacco from four different countries to deliver an experience which is fairly unique in the Alec Bradley catalogue. Whereas most cigars in the brand’s catalogue have an earthy flavor profile, this one is distinctly different. It was developed under the direct supervision of executive vice president Ralph Montero. The name “Sanctum” is meant to indicate that this is a cigar which is best enjoyed in solitude. An experience with Sanctum is a way of “getting away from it all.” Does it live up to its name? Let’s find out.

Appearance : 4 out of 5 stars
This cigar has a medium brown wrapper and a very wide band. There is some oil on the wrapper leaf, but it lends only a faint sheen. While most of the wrapper is smooth, there are some very prominent veins and seams which add a rustic appearance. Whether you like this look or not depends on your preferences. The band is quite elaborate and worth a long look.

Construction : 5 out of 5 stars
When it comes to construction, the Alec Bradley Sanctum Robusto is nothing but win. The draw is just slightly tight, but not unpleasantly so, which is perfect for me. The burn line is pretty even throughout the smoke, and it only required minor corrections. The ash hangs on tightly and falls off in nice chunks.

Flavor : 4.5 out of 5 stars
The flavors are enjoyable from start to finish. In the beginning, mostly I picked up natural tobacco with a hint of fruit (I couldn’t be sure what). There was also plenty of wood and pepper. At no point however was the pepper overwhelming. In the middle third, nuts became the most prominent notes, and the other flavors dropped into the background (but never went away). In the final third, the wood and pepper notes were most pronounced.

There are two things I really like about this flavor profile. The first is that I was able to smoke this cigar all the way down to the nub without a hint of harshness. That is rare. The second thing I like is the consistency. This cigar mostly cycles through the same flavors from start to finish, but the different notes rise and fall in prominence. It is like a symphony featuring the same instruments throughout, but different sections take center stage. So there is plenty of variety, but never a sense of randomness.

Value : 5 out of 5 stars
At around $7 per stick, I cannot complain about the price. This is a great cigar, and it is better than many stogies I have tried that cost $9 or more.

Overall Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars
I was very impressed with the Alec Bradley Sanctum Robusto. It really does create a beautiful “sanctum” of flavors in which you can relax and lose yourself. The construction can’t be beat. I could easily see making this an everyday smoke.

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01
Mar

Asylum 33 Robusto

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Asylum CigarsSize : 4.5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran
Filler : Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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It’s hard to believe that Asylum Cigars has only been around since 2012. They’ve become a huge name in the industry in a very short time. Mostly they’ve become famous for the Asylum 13. The number 13 is quite significant in occult circles, and Asylum has followed the same trend with the choice of “33”—a master number in the field of numerology. The number is displayed on the cigar on a shiny iridescent silver band under the familiar Illuminati symbol of an eye inside a pyramid.

Appearance : 4 out of 5 stars
This is a very rustic-looking cigar with prominent veins and visible seams. Despite this, the overall texture of the leaf is fairly smooth (not toothy). It’s very slick with oil, and has a light to medium brown color. The band is quite unusual, but it stands out from the wrapper, immediately grabbing your attention with its holographic silver shine.

Construction : 4 out of 5 stars
The draw on this cigar is very nice. The burn was relatively straight, but there were moments when I needed to make touch-ups. A few times the line was able to correct itself. Either way, it wasn’t a big hassle. The ash is white and very firm. The 33 burns at a perfect rate, never getting hot or harsh.

Flavor : 5 out of 5 stars
The first third of the cigar is dominated by earth flavors with plenty of cedar, caramel, and spice packed in. It’s a complex profile; I also noticed nuts, leather, and a hint of something toasted, maybe bread or cake. In the middle third, you get a sweet tobacco flavor, and there’s significantly more pepper and cedar. I can still detect whatever the bread note is in the background. It definitely reminds me of standing in a bakery. It’s warm and inviting, and I can almost smell the butter being used in the bread or cake or whatever it is. The pepper falls back into the background alongside the bread note toward the final third, but this is short-lived. In the last third, it comes back to the fore and brings the baking note along with it. Now the tobacco flavor takes the backseat. Since the bakery flavors are my favorite, this is a great way to end.

It is easy to smoke this one down to the nub. It doesn’t get hot at all. I loved the flavors, and especially the way they blended one into the next so smoothly. I often feel like flavor changes in cigars are random, just there to keep you guessing. I didn’t get that impression at all with this cigar. Every change seemed logical. There was a consistency that wove throughout; the players stayed the same, but they changed places, like it was all an intricate dance.

Value : 3.5 out of 5 stars
This is a very good cigar, and it is probably worth the $10, but I do wish it were a few dollars less (it’s a 4.5×50 after all…). At this price, it is still a treat to be enjoyed now and again, and not something to smoke every day. But I would love to smoke it every day if I could.

Overall Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars
Even though I dropped a point in several categories, the amazing flavors and the perfect way in which they are blended together make me want to score this with a 5/5, so I’ll settle for 4.5 stars. This is a very nice cigar for winter with its warm, comforting flavors. Asylum is continuing to make a name for itself with this one!

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