My Weekend Cigars: Famous VSL Nicaragua Robusto

Pairing it with a Mike’s Hard Lemonade, the smoke was quite creamy and somewhat woody at the start with some subtle herbal notes and sweetness in the mix. Though it’s listed as “full-bodied,” for me it was more of a medium-bodied, though very full-flavored smoke.

By its midpoint, the flavors began to caramelize even further. Darker tobacco flavors, less sweetness, and notes of coffee worked their way in, plus a very appealing, yet unidentifiable component.

The last third held up well in terms of flavor and balance, but turned slightly bitter in the last two inches. I held on as long as I could and let it go out with about one-and-a-half inches remaining.

All-in-all, a well-made cigar with a rich, dark Nicaraguan character, excellent balance, and plenty of thick, creamy smoke. I would rank the VSL Nicaragua Robusto as a good, relaxing, “end of the day” cigar.

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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

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.

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