La Madrina Robusto. A cigar made for the American cigar company Dapper Cigar Company. A Fresno based cigar company founded in 2013. The La Madrina line, which is available in a robusto, toro, and corona Gorda size, was released in 2017. Strangely enough, the robusto is larger than the toro, yet the toro is thicker. When Ian Reith founded Dapper Cigar Company, he just wanted to make one great cigar. Just for himself and his friends. But the demand went up, and now there are several lines in the Dapper Cigar Company portfolio, including this La Madrina.
The La Madrina Robusto looks like a toro, because of the length of 5⅝. And in fact, it’s longer than the 5¼ Toro. Yet the ring gauge of the Robusto is the regular 50, compared to the 54 of the Toro. Dapper Cigar Company gives very detailed information about the blend on their website. They name the country, type of tobacco, the grower, and in most cases even the farm. So for La Madrina, we know that the filler comes from Esteli and Jalapa in Nicaragua, Pennsylvania in the USA, and from an undisclosed farm in the Dominican Republic. The binder comes from San Andres, Mexico. The wrapper is Habano seed from Ecuador, from a farm called La Luchita.
The cigar looks a bit dry. It is Colorado to Colorado Maduro in color. Beautifully shaped with a nice leather look. The construction feels good with an evenly filled cigar. The ring is gorgeous, glossy black with a red rose in a skeleton hand. Simple, unique and classy. The cigar has a strong aroma of manure.
The cold draw is great. The cigar has a dried grass flavor with white pepper in the aftertaste. Once lit the cigar gives coffee with toffee sweetness. The aftertaste is pepper. Very subtle there are some spices and a little grass too. But mellow, subtle. The spice and pepper are getting a bit stronger and more pronounced, while the coffee is replaced with leather. The toffee sweetness is gone as well. The flavors remain mostly the same. Pepper and spices, with some sweetness, some leather, and some wood. The final third starts with a strong leather flavor. The cigar gets way more interesting now. Leather, wood, pepper, spices with some sweetness and some mild citrus. The wood, leather, pepper, and spices are the strongest in the last few puffs and the mouthfeel is quite dry.
The draw is great. The burn is straight. And the ash is a stack of dimes. The smoke is good. And the smoke has a very pleasant aroma. The cigars lack evolution for the first two thirds. But the last third makes up for it. It’s a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. The smoke time is two hours and thirty-five minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? If it was a few euros cheaper