Cigar Review: Grand Cru 2006 Grand Robusto Double Maduro
Pre-light flavor: woody and semi-sweet
Toasting & Light: Had a little trouble getting this cigar toasted and lit. (More on that later) However, the first puff produced thick, creamy and woody smoke with a somewhat mild body.
Base flavors: Oaky-woody with a hint of sweet caramel and espresso
Retrohale: Medium peppery and creamy.
Aroma: Spicy, sharp and a little sweet.
Burn / Ash Quality: Burn got off to a crooked start, yet the ash was firm with a mostly grey color.
Balance of flavors: Excellent. Creamy, woody flavors with a hint of espresso were all present throughout the smoke.
Consistency: Very good, though the flavors shifted from a milder, sweeter character to a more woody and spicy smoke.
General Observations: I found this cigar to be the mildest of the three Grand Cru 2006 blends. What caused the early burn problem appeared to be a Ligero leaf that was closer to the outer rim of the cigar forming a hard, stick-like coal. After a brief touch-up the cigar righted itself and never returned. The smoke progressed from medium to a more full-flavored smoke at the mid-point. Every puff was creamy and well-balanced with a long finish.
Summary: The Double Maduro performed very well, like its Connecticut and Sun Grown cousins. I started the cigar with a bottle of spring water. By the midpoint the flavor ramped-up by revealing a spicier, dark tobacco flavor with notes of espresso and dark chocolate. At that point, I was curious to see how it would pair with a bottle of Offley Tawny Port I picked up at my local Wine & Spirits store for $7.99 on sale. This Port was particularly sweet, even for me, but it did make a nice counterpoint to the spicier flavors during the last act. I also had some chocolate covered almonds with it. Between the Port, almonds and the cigar, it made a great mix.
Finally, I would classify this cigar as a "true Maduro." The flavors are dark, woody and semi-sweet with a shot of spice on the finish, and I believe Maduro lovers will take well to this blend. As long as you don't have a problem with the 60-gauge ring, I recommend giving it a try.
75-79 = Fair to Middling
80-84 = Good
85-89 = Very impressive
90-94 = Excellent
95-99 = Spectacular!
To read my review of the Grand Robusto Sun Grown click here.
To read my review of the Grand Robusto Connecticut click here.
Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles