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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

GTO Cigars Pain Killer Robusto Maduro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Emerson McBryde (McBryde)
72
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: 15 Points of 10 Possible

Let me start off with saying that I really really wanted this stick to be good, as I was planning on buying a box of them if it was due to life circumstances lately. I put the tip of the cigar into my mouth to moisten the tip of the cigar and clipped it with a v shaped cutter and took a pre-light draw. Between the initial moistening and the draw, my mouth was on fire. It's like I licked a jalapeno on the pepper scale. The draw was very open, I thought it might be too open, but the cigar drew very well on the smoking. The pre-light smell gave hints of earth and leather. It had a couple of med veins, and had an oily sheen to it.

Light & Burn: 9 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar took a bit to light, the center wanted to light a lot quicker than the outside did. It had an uneven burn for about the first 1/2. The ash was a weird one, it was salt and pepper colored, but was very loose, and flowered out like a rose opening. I had to relight the cigar 2 times in the first 1/2. There was tons of smoke though.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The construction was good, the draw was rather open pre-light, but closed up to perfect for the smoke, the wrapper only had a couple of medium veins, and the cap was good and solid. The stick was a dark chocolate brown color, and had a oily sheen to it. The bands that adorned the cigar were made of a foil type stuff, not the usual paper. They were different and I though cool looking.

Flavor: 20 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar was a solid med smoke, only leaning into the full bodied because of all of the spice. I had a hard time making this cigar go into 1/3's as it was very one dimensional plus or minus the pepper. The stick started out rather spicy, and had some earthy hay taste. I was also getting a bad bitter aftertaste that coated my mouth that was very unpleasant. I was begging for it to go away! After the first inch or so, the pepper dropped way off, and was replaced with just a kind of wet hay and earth taste, and the bitter aftertaste stayed. It went out again at about 2/3, and it got left out. I just couldn't smoke anymore of it! If there was a redeeming last 1/3, I'm sorry to that cigar for not smoking it.

Summary

This is definitely a stick I was looking forward to smoking do to the history of why the cigar was made, and some personal life stuff I have recently been going through. It may do better with a lot of time in the humidor, but it isn't one I think I will revisit any time soon.



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