694. Somm Sommelier’s Selection Pre-Release Robusto (2023)

Gifted by Vlada Stojanov, from the Bespoke Company, US distributor of Casdagli, Lampert, Xhaxhi Bobi and Despot cigars.

Location: This review was made outdoors during a chilly evening with 13C, 80% and 1 m/s wind.

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro (3 years)
Binder: Nicaraguan Viso Jalapa (3 years)
Filler: Honduran Broadleaf (2 years), Mexican San Andrés (3 years), Nicaraguan Viso Jalapa (3 years)
Origin: Honduras

Factory: Fabrica Centroamericana de Tabaco S.A. [F.C.T] (Honduras)
Box: 10 count, 500 numbered boxes
Release: February 2023
Rolled: June 2022
Availability: Limited Release

Size: 5×50, Robusto.

Wrapper: Coffee bean dark brown, rough texture with small veins. (The finished product will have a smooth wrapper I’ve been told)

Construction: Firm and even feel when lightly squeezed.

Cold draw: Very light hint of floral and dried fruits notes.

1st third: Starts with a roasted corn, very floral, French butter, brioch bread, marcona almonds and maraschino cherries. Very different experience what I expected from this darker wrapper cigar.

2nd third: The overall flavours stay but the brioche bread turns to wheat biscuits (like a digestive biscuit) and a pine wood steps forward. No peppery notes at all.

Burn: Burns sharp with a firm and stable white ash.

Smoke: Voluminous white smoke with a medium cool feeling on the tongue with a light draw.

3rd third: It keeps the previous flavours but highlights the cherries and an somewhat light pepper note in the background appears in the final third brightening up the blend a bit.

Duration: 19:40-20:30, 50 min.

Conclusion: A medium bodied cigar with a mild strength profile. A very unique blend that deceives the eyes as it looks like a heavy cigar but acts like a mild looking cigar. As it really surprised me in a positive way I’d say this is definitely a cigar I’d like to revisit on a better day than this cold and humid evening.

Result: In my book this is an 93 point cigar.

/Cigar Reviewer André

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