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Same blend, different size, different taste

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Q. I recently decided to give Conuco cigarsa try based on the catalog writeup.I bought a box of Toro anda Robusto 5-pack.I liked the Toros.They had some of the characteristics of Padron cigars; kind of a chocklaty, espresso nuance at a much lower price point.I expected the same taste in the Robusto in a smaller size. But they were terrible! Harsh, almost sour. It was like a completely different company made them.I have never experienced such a difference in flavor just changing shapes. Am I nuts, or have you experienced something similar?
– Joe O. in La Quinta, CA

A. You’re not nuts, but I’m surprised at such a wide variance in flavor between the two sizes when all that separates them is an inch. However, the bouquet, flavor, strength, etc. will vary from size to size among many premium blends. Moreover, I’ve found several favorite cigars in sizes outside of my regular Toro shape that tasted much better than others in the same selection.

As one of my new personal favorites, I’ve smoked a lot of Conuco Toros and Robustos, and I believe the robustos you smoked were funky for some reason other than size. My guess is they may have been a little “young.” If you have any left from the 5-pack, leave them in your humi for a few months and see if they improve.

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. 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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