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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Vegas Robaina Famosos
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: qoheleth (qoheleth)
94
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Vegas Robaina Famosos.  This one is an all Canadian member review and will be the first time we have a Cuban cigar in a Geek Critique.  This Robusto is typically a Vegas Robaina cigar: honeyed and spicy with a superb construction which can be compared to the Cohiba Robusto. The tempo is good, you will definitely appreciate the flavours and the virility of this cigar.  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member S├ębastien (mojo66).  Thanks very much for your generosity S├ębastien!

Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
48
Country Manufactured:
Cuba
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Color:
Colorado Claro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with First time water to enjoy the taste, next scotch!

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar appeared somewhat rustic with a veiny texture. It felt good to the hand as a potentially good handling smoke. The aroma presented itself as smooth and "seductive" as it tempted and prepared the palate for the smoke, just as sniffing a fine wine sets up the tasting experience. The cutting went fairly hard leaving pieces of cigar leaf to brush off and remove from the tongue, though this was no great problem.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

Lighting the Vegas took seconds and produced an initial even burn. The burn remained even throughout the smoke and displayed the characteristics of a runner throughout. Relights, even with deliberate long pauses proved unnecessary. The ash presented a consistent light light gray and maintained itself without falling for over 2 1/2 inches,and that without any "gymnastics" to keep the ash from falling. The ash then stayed for the remainder of the smoke with about 3/4 of an inch left (I didn't want it to end). The smoke volume did not overwhelm and provided a nice "backdrop" for the entire smoking experience. The burn rate permitted a leisurely 1 hour plus toking event.  



Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

The wrapper appeared rugged making me think that it would start coming apart somewhere along the line, but it remained intact throughout. Once cut the interior appeared tight, perhaps too tight. However, the draw began, continued, and ended consistently. Rather than exerting an effort in drawing on the cigar, it was as if the smoke and taste came willingly to the mouth.

Flavor: 35 Points of 45 Possible

Though the lighting produced a robust introduction, within seconds a full and smooth flavor appeared and stayed throughout. Even exhaling though the nose had an agreeable effect on the palate. The taste even left a nice taste on the lips. The flavors were earthy and woody at the same time. The complexity of the cigar appeared in attempting to identify the flavors, but they remained ever present from beginning to end. The smoke caressed the palate and tongue without any negative effects such as burning in the throat or on the tongue. From the beginning to the end, and every point in between, the cigar's fullness and smoothness maintained itself. I was tempted to keep saying to the cigar, "Do it to me!".

Summary

First I want to thank Smurf for having confidence in me to do this critique. At this time he is unbelievably busy with learning what it is like to be a first time father to my grand daughter, Emma Worth. Secondly, to the other members of the group, I hope to have fulfilled well my responsibility in this critique and to have done them honor. Returning to the Vegas, first, the only bad thing I would say is that it had to end. I smoked it to 3/4 inches and burned my fingers to get the most out of it. Secondly, I would smoke another in a heartbeat - it will be marked in my humidor soon. And finally, I would recommend this cigar to any of my friends in order to permit them the experience of "toki' zen"!!! Hell, I'd offer to novices, enemies, and strangers in order to make their day.



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