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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

GTO Cigars Pain Killer Robusto Maduro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Sammy (sauraspop)
89
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: 18 Points of 10 Possible

The GTO Pain Killer Robusto is adorned with two "gaudy" bands that surround at least 1/3 of the stick and had to be removed (easily done though) before I could judge the this one. The motley dark chocolate cigar was very oily, veiny and hard as the Rock of Gibraltar. Very rustic. Its aroma was earthy, maybe even a little leathery. After a V-cut I could taste the "barnyard" in the cold draw. I could only detect a double cap. I'm excited about smoking this one because GTO Cigars are based in Birmingham, my hometown.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

It took a little bit extra to get this one lit, but once going the burn line was very even. The salt and pepper ash was solid. I don't know if the ash would have ever fallen on its own it was so strong. I chose to drop the ash about every 1/3rd length just to be safe from decorating my clothes. Copious amounts of smoke and no re-lights.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

There was about a half inch of wrapper missing on one side of the foot of the cigar. I suspect this may be damage done during shipping the cigar to me, however I am not sure since I didn't see any remnants of it in the cello. The cap was very well applied and held steady to the nub. The draw was just wonderful, not to loose nor too tight IMO.

Flavor: 33 Points of 45 Possible

Its difficult to split a 5" cigar into 1/3's, so I declined to do so and will just describe what the cigar was like (for me anyway). This was a full bodied smoke but medium in strength. A real life "Pain Killer" as there was no pain smoking it. I could detect lots of earthy and woodsy flavors, maybe some leather and hints of nuts and coffee as well. Not overly spicy, just enough pepper on the retro to keep you aware that it was always in the background. Not a very complex smoke but very smooth and consistent. No burning the tongue or throat and a bitter-sweet aftertaste that lingered for just a little bit.

Summary

What I really liked about this cigar is that its full bodied without the nicotine. A cigar that is right in my wheel house, doesn't cause my teeth to hurt (I'm up there in years) and has a little pepper kick every now and then. This one could have easily scored 90+ but for the missing 1/2 inch or so of wrapper on the foot and the tuff time I had getting it lit. Should probably have used a double torch. I will be buying some of these to keep around.



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