Cigar Ratings & Reviews

My Weekend Cigar: Jan. 15, 2018 – Tabak Especial Negra

MY WEEKEND CIGAR: Tabak Especial Negra Cigar Review

By Gary Korb

The Cigar That Begs the Question: “What are you smoking?

I’m not your typical flavor infused cigar smoker, but I’ve always maintained you should keep your mind open to new and different cigars. They won’t all be gems, but eventually, you’ll stumble upon something that really smacks your palate. In my case, it’s the Tabak Especial Negra by Drew Estate, makers of ACID cigars, and the company that reigns supreme in the world of infused cigars.

TABAK ESPECIAL NEGRA ROBUSTO

tabak especial negra cigar review mwc gk
If the aroma of dark-roasted, estate-grown coffee and rich Nicaraguan tobacco flavor does it for you, the Tabak Especial Negra selection is as seductive and satisfying as it gets. G-~

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 5″ x 54
Strength: Medium to Medium-plus
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

My Experience: I’ve always loved cigars with a great aroma, so, even though infused cigars are on my short list, the Tabak Especial Robusto Negra does it for me every time. You can practically taste the Nicaraguan estate-grown coffee as ribbons of fragrant smoke ooze from both ends of the cigar. It’s downright seductive.

Blend-wise, Nicaraguan Criollo fillers are framed by a Sumatra binder, then deftly rolled in a dark and naturally sweet Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The bushy foot also a nice aesthetic to the cigar’s profile. All combined, it’s a perfectly-balanced brew of bold Nicaraguan tobacco flavors and dark-roasted coffee aromas.

The first couple of inches of the Robusto Negra are the most spellbinding. The smoke is mellow and creamy, leaving a velvety finish on the palate as that enticing coffee fragrance works its magic. If you’re smoking it around other people, it’s almost certain someone will turn to you and say, “Gee, that smells good. What are you smoking?”

In the final inches, the cigar takes on a more traditional role. The body kicks-up a notch, the smoke is spicier, the sweetness applies the brakes, and the aroma lingers on.

Suffice it to say . . . if you’ve never had an infused cigar, start here, especially if you’re a coffee drinker. The quality is par excellence, and pairing the Tabak Especial Robusto Negra with coffee isn’t redundant, it’s just that much better. A superb, end-of-the-day departure for cigar smokers in both the traditional and flavored cigar camps at every experience level.

tabak especial negra cigar review myc bin

If you’ve had an experience with this cigar, please leave a comment or share a similar experience.

newest oldest most voted
Cindi Lee Eaton
Guest
Cindi Lee Eaton

My only cigar. Cigar is yoga.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

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

#nowsmoking: Olor Fuerte Robusto

#nowsmoking: it’s our Olor Fuerte cigar review. Click for tasting notes on the cigar that “can be smoked any time of day, [and] pairs well with just about any drink” – delivered in under 2 minutes…

Read More
nowsmoking cao nicaragua tipitapa cigar review cacover

#Nowsmoking: CAO Nicaragua Tipitapa

The CAO Nicaragua Tipitapa issues a creamy-nutty smoke with a well-balanced mix of cashew and nutmeg, plus sweet and peppery spices. Click to see what else you’ll find in our review.

Read More
Master Blenders Benji Menendez CACover

Master Blenders: Benji Menendez, Former SVP of Premium Cigars – General Cigar

In 2006, we got the rare opportunity to interview one of the most esteemed personalities in the cigar business: Benji Menendez. The audio was never published, as the tapes were believed lost - until now! Hear Benji's remarkable story from his life in Cuba to his success with General Cigar - listen now!
Read More
Top 10 Outstanding Small Cigars

2017 CA Report: Top 10 Outstanding Small Cigars

Craving a tasty premium cigar, but don't have an hour to enjoy one? Here are our top 10 picks for small cigars: big hand rolled flavor, when time is short.
Read More