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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

GTO Cigars Pain Killer Robusto Maduro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Roger brushaber (Rbrushaber)
88
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 Filtered water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

Nice, dark and oily wrapper that is firmly and professionally wrapped. Beautiful looking cigar with a sweet tobacco smell that is a reminder of a walk in humidor.   I used a punch cutter, and it was easy to accomplish.  Pre-light draw was really good and tasted of earth with a touch of chocolate sweetness. No  discoloration on a leaf. The maker uses two bands one with the GTO logo and the other is the name of the cigar, both very simple and nice.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Lights is very difficult and a ton of flame needed, I think it is due to the type of leaf used.  I used a cedar spill to roast and light the cigar, but had to use the lighter to really get it going.  Had a laser straight burn with a nice 3/4” to an inch ash that stayed to the point I never thought it would fall during the entire smoke.  Nice black and grey ash color of quality tobacco.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Great draw throughout. Cap is firm and remains throughout the smoke. Construction holds up to the end. The leaf is nice and oily and only minor steams running along, but not really bothersome.  Nothing at all negative about this stick.



Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

This cigar was flavorful and very enjoyable.  The cigar started off with lots of earth and a bit of cedar and pepper on the palate, while the retrohale was more nutty with a medium amount of pepper burn. As the first third burned along, the flavor started to become more dominated by unsweetened cocoa powder, dry earth, and dark roast coffee, with a bit of dried fruit or raisin to balance it with some sweetness.
In the second third, some coffee flavor came through, like a dark roast flavor with the pepper spice diminishing , but still hanging in there.
In the final third the complexity of the cigar remained the same as the second third, but added a touch more spice towards the very end.


Summary

The GTO Pain Killer was truly a full-bodied and full-flavor cigar, one that I truly enjoy especially because it is a maduro one of my favorites.  It is not a full strength, so it is a good evening cigar for someone first tying full flavor sticks.  It was a very good smoke, and it really did provide a good experience, especially after a long across the country trip.



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