Amero Short Robusto

Amero, a Norwegian brand made in the Dominican Republic. You might think, hey, that sounds familiar and you are right, its the same Norwegian guy that own Viking cigars and his first attempt to make it in the industry was a collaboration with Willis Cabrera of the now also defunct Cabreras cigars. Together they made Amero, Chess and Hawk cigars.

Before the collaboration fell apart I met Hawk at the Intertabac trade show and he gave me a few samples to try, this Amero short robusto is the last of them so why not say goodbye with a review right?  Since the cigar never took off and the company is defunct I can not find any information about the blend, except that they used 2 to 3 year old tobacco to produce the cigar.

I like the 4×50 size, the cigar looks so cute as my wife would say and the little pig tail adds to the cuteness. The medium dark brown wrapper looks okay, it has a few veins. The ring is nice, green with the image of the American dollar bill where all the conspiracy theories are about and then Amero written in shiny golden letters. The construction feels good and like I said, the pig tail finishes the cigar. The cigar has a mild aroma that is a mix between acid and cinnamon.

I cut the cigar with a double blade guillotine cutter. The cold draw is fine and taste like spicy raisins. After lighting I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor. After half an inch I taste a mildly harsh cinnamon. Halfway I taste cinnamon and peper, slightly harsh. The final third starts harsh with pepper and cedar.

The draw is good, the smoke is thick and huge in volume. The ash is medium gray, layered and reasonable firm. The burn is good. The cigar is medium, both in strength and in flavor. The smoke time is forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I won’t.

Score: 82

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Amero lancero

The day before my trip to the Intertabac tradeshow in Dortmund my facebookfriend Willis Cabrera said that I should stop by their Chess cigars booth for some samples and as I am always eager to smoke cigars that I haven’t smoked before I did. Chess cigar company owner Hawk gave me a few samples for me and the review panel we have on my Dutch website. This 7½x34 Amero lancero was one of the cigars in the sampler. The cigar is made with three year old tobacco and a five year old Corojo wrapper.
The band sticks out, it is huge and looks like part of a dollar bill. The construction feels good and I smell a mild peppery barnyard. The chocolate brown wrapper only has a few veins. The predraw is a bit tight but I can still taste raisin and a hint of pepper.
I taste a full, sweet and mild musty wood flavor which is quite nice, the mustiness is pleasant and the sweetness is good. After a third I taste a bit more sweetness and some herbs. The cigar gets less musty and I think I even taste some chocolate.
Halfway I taste wood with some spices, on the background the cigar gets a little spicy too. After two thirds I taste oak with some nutmeg and some sweetness. The cigar gets a little more spicy but yet fresher too with a minty aftertaste.
This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn is beautiful. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? As soon as they come to the Dutch market.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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