Thursday, November 7, 2013

Herederos de Robaina Toro

While searching the web for information on this Herederos de Robaina cigar I noticed there are quite a few reviews out there but they all lack the same information; tobacco details. To the best of my knowledge this cigar is manufactured in Nicaragua using all Nicaraguan tobacco.  I do know this cigar is part of the House of Emilio line up. As I mentioned earlier, there a quite a few reviews posted for this cigar, but I believe this one will be a little different than the rest. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you why. This cigar has be aging in my humidor for well over a year and I bet that the pepper other reviews mention has either mellowed or disappeared completely in this stick. Let's take this cigar for a ride and find out if I'm right!

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 6 x 50 Toro
  • Origin:  Nicaragua
  • Wrapper:  Nicaraguan
  • Binder:  Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Price: Estimate: under $10.00. Sample provided by Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars
Herederos de Robaina Toro Cigar
At first glance and with further inspection, the construction of this cigar was top notch. The natural wrapper contained only a few very fine veins. Felling down the body of the cigar it was firm but not hard and there were no soft spots that I found. Putting the cigar to my nose it gave off a nice spicy and sweet, coffee and cedar cold aroma. Punching the end cap I and checking the cold draw I found it firm, but not to tight and I tasted the same spicy and sweet flavors that I found from the body. With these aromas and flavors I was anxious to fire this baby up.

Once the cigars' foot was toasted and lit, I was rewarded with a mouth full of cedar, earth and oak flavored smoke. I thought to my self "not bad, not bad". After a few draws the wrapper developed a nice sweetness that stayed on my lips. The cigar also produced a fair volume of nutty scented smoke. The burn line was crisp and behind it formed a firm looking white ash that held on nearly to the mid point. The flavor mix also remained constant until about the mid point. At that point the strength of the cigar changed from mild more into the medium/full range and there was a drastic shift in the flavor mix. About here, a bit of brown sugar developed mixing with the cedar, earth and oak and remained until the final third where it changed again into a creamy, earthy mix that was quite tasty.

The only problem I found with this cigar was a wrapper tear when I removed the band. I did prove my theory that the ageing would remove any traces of black pepper since I tasted none. From my previous experiences, if House of Emilio carries a cigar line, it's a good one and the Herederos de Robaina is no exception. If you get a chance give one a try!

Appearance and construction: 18
Flavor: 19
Smoking characteristics: 19
Overall experience: 19
Purchased Price: 18
Total: 93