They’re fraternal twins: premium cigars with the exact same blend, but in round “parejo” and box-pressed versions. We sample 5, to find the specific flavor differences between them.
Cigar Review: C&C Connecticut Robusto
Draw: Excellent. Nothing more to add.
Pre-light flavor: Lightly grassy and nutty
Toasting & Light: Excellent. Foot took nicely to flame. First puff was subtly sweet, toasty and creamy.
Base flavors: Roasted nuts, caramel
Retrohale: Creamy and somewhat sweet with just a hint of pepper.
Aroma: Earthy, sweet, slightly peppery.
Burn / Ash Quality: Whistle clean burn. Ash was almost entirely white and very firm.
Balance of flavors: Excellent. Rich, nutty, and naturally sweet.
Consistency: Excellent. Flavors never wavered.
General Observations: As mild cigars go, I really liked the C&C Connecticut. Every puff was extra smooth, creamy and sweet from beginning to end. The ash was also very impressive. The first ash held on just over an inch before breaking off. Smoke was impressively thick and creamy all the way through. One of the better-tasting and aromatic Ecuadorian wrappers I’ve smoked, too. The flavors held on down to the stub, too. (see photo below)
Summary: Not a particularly “complex” cigar, but not every cigar has to be. I liked how the flavors were very consistent all-around. I’d classify it as “mild to medium” for newer cigar smokers, since it does build a little in strength and flavor by the midpoint. All-in-all, a very good cigar for its class and makes a very affordable alternative to cigars like Macanudo Cafe, Romeo y Julieta 1875, Private Stock, and the like.
To read my review of the C&C LRMD Robusto (Maduro) click here.
To read my review of the C&C Corojo Robusto click here.
75-79 = Fair to Middling
80-84 = Good
85-89 = Very impressive
90-94 = Excellent
95-99 = Spectacular!