Gary reviews 10 “Top Shelf” Maduro cigars: If you love the natural sweetness and savory aroma of Maduro wrapper, these dark discoveries are sure to please cigar smokers at every level of experience.
Cigar Review: C&C Corojo Robusto
Draw: Good, but a little too easy.
Pre-light flavor: Leathery
Toasting & Light: Superb. No problems with the tobacco taking the flame. First couple of puffs had a little shot of spice, then quickly disappeared.
Base flavors: Sweet tobacco and nutmeg
Retrohale: Very smooth and lightly spicy with a note of whiskey
Aroma: Earthy and relaxing
Burn / Ash Quality: Inconsistent at first, but fell into line at about the 3½-inch mark. Ash was granular and a bit loose. Probably one reason the draw was too loose.
Balance of flavors: Very good.
Consistency: Very good.
General Observations: Wrapper offered nice flavor and aroma. Cigar got off to a crooked burn. I thought I’d wait it out and see what happens, rather than touch it up. Unfortunately, the cigar went out, so I was forced to relight. Smoke picked up in spiciness after the first inch. Because of the loose draw I had to be careful not to draw too often to keep the cigar from turning bitter or hot. Cigar started to burn unevenly again, so I let it burn, and whad’ya know, it straightened right out and burned beautifully. The cigar has a little note of peppery spice on the finish. The flavors started to bloom around the 1/2way mark. Peppery notes inched-up a bit, while the nutmeg flavor remained constant. I was now more interested in seeing what would come next. From that point on the smoke was very consistent. Some notes of espresso leaked-in, but this was primarily a very rich-tasting smoke with dark, spicy tobacco flavors.
Summary: This cigar was more complex than I expected, but it didn’t open up until about halfway through. As noted above, I had to take it easy due to the loose draw. Not overpowering. A good selection for those who enjoy medium-bodied cigars with a slightly spicier character. Very smooth, well-balanced, and, IMO, the most flavorful of the three blends.
To read my review of the C&C LRMD Robusto, click here.
To read my review of the C&C Connecticut Robusto click here.
75-79 = Fair to Middling
80-84 = Good
85-89 = Very impressive
90-94 = Excellent
95-99 = Spectacular!