Cigar Ratings & Reviews

Siboney Reserve Robusto

Siboney Reserve Robusto Cigar

Score: 8.8

By JJ (

The Siboney Reserve Robusto is produced for Famous Smoke Shop by the Don Pepin Garcia family at their My Father cigar factory in Esteli. This full bodied cigar employs some excellent tobacco, including a Nicaraguan Habano Rosado wrapper, Nicaraguan and Honduran binders, and Nicaraguan filler. Don Pepin is certainly known for his peppery blasts from Nicaraguan tobacco and he continues this tradition with the Siboney Reserve; most noticeable however is the value of this smoke, and the fact that none of Pepin’s blending brilliance is forfeited as the dollars are knocked off.

The light to medium brown wrapper was in decent shape with a little tooth to the touch. There were a few noticeable veins and a patch that deterred from the aesthetics of the smoke, but the triple cap was constructed nicely at the head. The weight was spot-on, but based on the appearance and weight, the tobacco was not as firm as I anticipated. The pre-light aroma was barnyard toward the head with a sweet note toward the foot. The Robusto produced a blast of spice on the cold draw that nearly caused my eyes to water.

Toasted and lit, the cigar produced mouthfuls of smoke with an excellent draw. The burn was very even at the beginning, though the ash did not hold much past a half inch and, at the second-third mark it began to flower. I would recommend that you not let the cigar rest too long between puffs; I am a slow smoker and the Robusto nearly extinguished itself a few times.

The first third produced flavor notes of tobacco and cedar, coupled with a spicy finish. Moving toward the middle, the Siboney Reserve was subdued with a smoother flavor profile and finish. The final third was woody and airy at times, and had a medium finish. The flavor profile was pleasing to the palate and, while somewhat spicy, it was never overbearing or uncomfortable.

This Don Pepin blend is pleasant – not super complex, but not a bore either. The price per box makes this a decent smoke at a great price. Just like the band on the shoulder, simple but solid, the Siboney Reserve is a good and consistent smoke.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Burn: 9
Draw: 9
Aroma: 9
Flavor: 9
Final Score: 8.8

*   *   *

About the Reviewer
Toasted Foot’s two review partners, Mike (“MM”) & Jed (“JJ”), have been smoking cigars for over 20 combined years and love nothing more than sitting down together each week to smoke and catch up on life. You may visit Toasted Foot online and follow them on Twitter.

Leave a Reply

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for 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 - drew estate liga privada H99 cigar review Cigar Advisor Cover

#nowsmoking: Drew Estate Liga Privada H99

We’re #nowsmoking a unicorn: check out our Liga Privada H99 cigar review and get all you need to know for when you’re ready to chase down this Limited Release smoke, delivered in under 2 minutes…

Read More
aj fernandez new world puro especial cigar review cacover

Cigar Review: New World Puro Especial By AJ Fernandez

Join us for a deep dive on New World Puro Especial cigars by AJ Fernandez: get the specs, tasting notes and everything else you need to know about the blend that was chosen #12 cigar of 2017 – see it now!

Read More
top new cigars rocky patel nov 3 2018 cacover

CA REPORT: Top New Cigars – Rocky Patel Edition (Nov. 3 2018)

Rocky Patel fans, rejoice: we're back with four great new cigar picks from RP that range from fine and rare to classic reissues...and all of them are bound to be some of your humidor's greatest hits. Check out this week's guide to new cigars now!
Read More
Swisher Sweet Buys Drew Estate

Swisher Buys Drew Estate: Good…or Bad?

Swisher haters, time to let it go: Commentary on the news of "Swisher buys Drew Estate." Could this be a win for both Drew Estate and Swisher International?
Read More