Whether you’re actually manning the grill or busy devouring all that barbecued goodness (or both) – here are the best cigars to pair with it all. WARNING: Read with caution; this may cause you to eat your monitor.
2016 CA Report: Top Rated Robusto Cigars
Surprise, Surprise: 8 (Top?) Robusto Cigars Rated by Our Customers
By Tommy Zman
We here at Cigar Advisor post all kinds of lists: Top This, Best That, Ten Things, etc. – and the information is always good and useful to our fans. So, I was given the assignment of creating a list article that is perhaps the most fair and honorable article you might read. Why? Because THIS list is the Top 8 robusto cigars not rated by us, but instead by you – the cigar smoking fans.
Those who have ordered cigars from Famous Smoke Shop have the ability to rate every cigar on the website that they purchase and smoke. So, we searched through our humongous database of tasty tobacco treats and found the 8 top rated robustos by the fans – and to make it even more legit, the cigars rated have to have at least ten or more fan ratings. We just thought this was a pretty fair criteria to go by – no less than ten ratings.
But in doing so, we were more than surprised at the results we found. What I’m getting at is this: the top robustos that our customers rated, well, some you will say, “Yeah, that’s a cigar that belongs on the list.” Then, there will be a few sticks where some will say, “Whoa… are you freakin kidding me?” And to that I say, remember – cigar smokers of all makes and brands, from budget bundled sticks to high-end, incredibly pricey puros, are free to rate the cigars that they love. Everyone has different tastes and budgets and THAT is quite apparent when reviewing this list.
So give it a look and see what YOU, the cigar smoking fans, rate the highest. Interesting as all hell to say the least.
Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Exclusivo
Customer Rating: 96, based on 125 Customer Reviews
Okay people, no surprise here. The ’64 Maduro is a delicious and sweet smoke and only the Torpedo in this line rates higher with Famous customers. The Nicaraguan tobacco is aged a minimum of four years and is always impeccably box pressed. The flavor profile gives off notes of coffee bean, hazelnut & cocoa. Back in the late 90’s this stick was so heavily counterfeited that the Padrons were forced to create a new, individually numbered cigar band. Yeah, it’s always been that good.
Romeo y Julieta Vintage #3
Customer Rating: 91, based on 71 Customer Reviews
So, it’s number 2 on the top robusto cigars list. Surprised? Yeah, so am I, but 71 people gave this golden Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapped stick some really high marks, including a 100, two 97’s and a 96, along with their reviews to pair up with them. With 3-year aged Dominican Olor inside and distinct notes of cedar coffee and nuts, this Romeo is obviously loved by many. And I will say it is a traditional go-to smoke with an amazing aroma as well.
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Robusto
Customer Rating: 90, based on 89 Customer Reviews
A lot of ardent Fuente fans like this cigar even more than the Opus X and I happen to agree. (Okay, don’t start yelling and calling me those colorful expletives – it’s all personal preference.) This is a full-bodied, spicy, rich tasting cigar made with Dominican leaf on the inside and covered with a gorgeous, silky African Cameroon wrapper. With notes of dark coffee and a hint of black licorice, it’s highly rated for a damned good reason. A staple in the Fuente family arsenal.
Te-Amo Maduro Robusto
Customer Rating: 90, based on 64 Customer Reviews
WHAT CHU TAWKIN’ BOUT WILLIS?!!! Te-Amo?… tied for 3rd on the Top 8 list? Well, leaf lovers, it’s like I said in the opening of this article, cigar smokers of ALL types rate the sticks on the Famous site and with ratings from 64 people, it is obvious that the dudes who love Mexican grown Te-Amo, really LOVE Te-Amo. This company started using leaf from the lush San Andres Valley long before that tobacco was ever considered all the rage. You have to remember, it’s the customers who rated this smoke – and you also have to remember that a Padron or Fuente smoker doesn’t rate them – it’s the guys who smoke them every day who rate them and THAT is why this robusto places so high in the ratings – so you can stop swearing at me, okay?
Montecristo Yellow Robusto
Customer Rating: 87, based on 78 Customer Reviews
The Montecristo name is rich in history and a favorite of so many – and trust me, the numbers tell the truth. They’re mild to medium in body and that golden Connecticut wrapper gives them the creamiest, mellowest and toastiest flavor imaginable. With notes of sweet wood, caramel and coffee, it’s a cigar you will enjoy every time you light up. And what an enticing aroma.
Padron 3000 Natural Robusto
Customer Rating: 87, based on 116 Customer Reviews
The 3000 is loved by cigar fans everywhere and with 116 customer ratings on the site, you have to KNOW that this is a damned fine cigar. While medium in body, it’s a dark and oily Nicaraguan made stick with wickedly zesty flavors of coffee and cocoa bean. Well-balanced with some nice complexity, it’s a cigar you can enjoy every day or for special occasions. You NEED this in your humidor.
Partagas Natural Robusto
Customer Rating: 87, based on 136 Customer Reviews
For a hell of a long time, Partagas has been one of the world’s most favorite cigars. I think it’s because the consistency of quality is unparalleled and smokers know that years from now it’ll have that same great, full-bodied flavor. 136 people rated these dark robusto cigars, and they just love the rich blend of Dominican Cuban-seed & Mexican long-fillers with that savory Cameroon wrapper.
Customer Rating: 85, based on 300 Customer Reviews
300 ratings – that sure says an awful lot about this legendary brand name. These sticks are medium-bodied and extremely smooth smokes, and man, do they ever move like crazy here at Famous. With aged Dominican fillers on the inside, the outer wrapper is silky smooth Cameroon leaf that gives this member of the Red Dot line its marquee flavor. It’s a classic and our customers really do love it.
So… I kind of told you this was gonna get a little weird. The whole idea here is that these aren’t the top cigars in the Universe… they’re the top cigars that our customers rated and enjoy. So like I said upfront, it’s a fair and honest list of robusto cigars that truly speaks for itself.