Monday, January 13, 2014

Rouge Tyrant Robusto

The Rouge Tyrant by East India Trading Company is one of those cigars I just had to have because of the cool looking band.

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 5  x 52 Robusto
  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian
  • Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican
  • Cutting Method: Table top cutter V cut
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $6.99 purchased at Cigar Train

Rogue Tyrant East India Trading Company
From a visual point of view the Rogue Tyrant is a great cigar. Inspecting the cigar it had a nice heavy habano wrapper with finer veins than one would expect plus it has seamless construction. Really the only downside to this cigar was its softness. The body was soft from head to foot, so soft in fact I had it nearly smashed flat by the time I smoked it to a nub.

I had clipped the end and checked aromas before leaving the store and found cold aroma was a mix of coffee and chocolate, while the free cold draw had notes of earth and spicy cedar. Once the foot was toasted and burning the cigar produced loads of nutty scented smoke. In the first third the flavor notes were nuts, mocha and earth. At the mid point there was a short blast of medium black pepper mixed with wheat straw, but it only lasted for a few draws. This was a great tasting cigar for the first two thirds but the final third was the best. I found notes of sweet cream, charcoal, chocolate and espresso that jumped around creating a nice long finish.

The burn on the Rogue Tyrant was a bit wavy, but fine, and a nice bit of oil developed on the wrapper ahead of the burn line. For being a loosely packed cigar I was surprised the light gray ash held on until the main band. Had the band been removed prior to smoking it probably would have held on even longer. Reading at it states the Rouge line is box pressed, I wondered about this as I smoked the cigar because it was an oval shape.

Again this was a great tasting, good burning cigar with some minor construction problems.

Rated 90

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