Size: 5" x 54
Price: $6.25 (CA retail)
Location: Backyard deck
I've been hearing good things about this line that was re-released by the Newman company last year. On a recent pass through a local B&M, I finally found a box of robustos in stock and decided to buy a couple. The local retail prices are inflated due to the high tobacco tax in CA - but these are available online in the $4 - $5 range.
Prelight: Wrapper is a chocolate brown color with some small veins and a nice sheen. The cigar overall is very firm with a slightly woody + grassy aroma.
First 1/3: Black pepper is fairly dominant for the first few minutes, but it settles down and is joined by some woody and coffee / mocha flavors. Draw is excellent with just slight resistance. Burn is even and the ash is firm + grey. Strength and body are both medium.
Second 1/3: The flavors are mostly mocha, wood, and sweet tobacco, with occasional hints of dried fruit. The pepper is still around too, but well into the background. The smoke is very thick and creamy. The ash held on for almost 2 inches before a gust of wind helped knock it to the deck. Burn is still pretty even. The strength and body remain in the medium range.
Last 1/3: The flavors are mostly the same, but they seem to have kicked up a notch - pushing just into the med/full range. Not lots of complexity here, just lots of great flavors and a very well made cigar. I took this down to just past the band where the smoke started getting a bit hot for my tastes.
Overall this was a very good cigar and a nice value. I can easily see a box of these in my humidor in the near future.