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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

GTO Cigars Pain Killer Robusto Maduro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Mike (mike.casey)
82
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the GTO Cigars Pain Killer Robusto.  The Pain Killer line uses Dominican tobaccos and are available in either a maduro or corojo wrapper.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Dr. Oscar Rodriguez of GTO Cigars.

Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Dominican Republic
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

This is a good looking cigar, I like the size quite a bit. I like how dark the wrapper is and I like aroma on the foot. Couple points down for a medium vein and the band covering the majority of the cigar.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

I used a torch lighter to get it going, but immediately had to relight the stick to even things out. I'm not sure if that's my fault or the stick was just difficult to light. Either way, the problems didn't end there. The burn was a little too uneven and I had to touch it up often during the first half of the stick. About the halfway point it began to burn evenly enough not to require touch ups.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

I was impressed with how tightly this cigar was rolled, and the overall firmness of the smoke. It had a good weight in hand, and the cap did not unravel during smoking. Draw was pretty spot on throughout.

Flavor: 25 Points of 45 Possible

The flavors were sort of 'touch and go' throughout the smoke. After the initial light, I almost put the cigar down. It was very bitter, and almost metallic in flavor for about half a dozen puffs. I purged it like I was clearing water from a snorkel and it seemed to calm down from there. It settled in with a mild earth, and leathery flavor, which I liked, and maintained throughout. I would normally break down by thirds, but this was the least complex smoke I've had in a while. It stayed at a medium/mild flavor with a medium strength from beginning to end.

Summary

This review did not start out with a bang. After having trouble lighting initially and then being met by a very bitter first few puffs, I almost put it down. The only reason I did not is because this was a geek critique and it was a beautiful night. After getting through that I had a good time on the porch with a decent smoke and good smoking experience. Not a bad cigar, but not a world beater either. It probably would have benefitted from some more rest, but the turnaround here was pretty quick. Thanks all involved!



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