Vegas Robaina (Habanos)

Vegas Robaina classicos

This 6½ x 42 cigar was a gift from a friend. He gave this and a few other cigars because I gave him a ride to a herf in Antwerp. As it was a gift, I don’t know the box code but I do believe this cigar had a few years of age on it.
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The wrapper is light brown and has some big veins. The wrapper feels like very fine sanding paper. The cigar is box pressed and the construction feels good. The predraw is a bit on the hard side and I can taste a very mild wood flavor. I smell a typical Cuban barnyard smell.
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I get a full leather flavor but after half an inch the flavor loses a lot of strength. I also taste some earth after half an inch. After ⅓ the earth becomes the main flavor and both the earth and the leather gain a bit power again. I get a dry feeling in my mouth.
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Halfway I still taste earth and leather and some time later I also taste a mild chocolate, but unfortunately the chocolate disappears quickly too. After ⅔ I taste some wood and leather, the earth flavor seems to have gone too.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 75 minutes. I got a nice amount of smoke and a good draw. The burn is pretty straight. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The ash isn’t very firm and has some light colored parts and some dark colored parts.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, don’t get me wrong, it is a good cigar but a bit too one dimensional for me.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Vegas Robaina petit robusto Portugal 2007

In 2008 Portugal got their first and until now only Edicion Regional from Habanos, a Vegas Robaina petit robusto, 4 inch long and a 50 ring gauge. 600 boxes of 25 were released and this is the only batch made.
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The dark oily wrapper is almost flawless, I haven’t seen a lot of cigars with a wrapper that smooth. The construction feels good, I don’t feel any possible plugs of soft spots. The cigar has a full barnyard aroma with a specific smell from which you can tell it’s Cuban. The aroma also contains a peppery smell. The predraw is a little bit on the loose side and feels dry.
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I taste the distinct Cuban leather in this cigar. The smoke leaves a dry feeling in my mouth, just like I got from the predraw. After a centimeter the leather is growing a bit stronger and I get something sweet and some wood that are finding their way through the leather flavor. After an inch the leather disappears and somewhat later I can taste a herbal flavor and some nuts. These flavors will stick to the end.
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The smoke is gray and quite full. The ash is dark and not very firm. I rate this cigar mild to medium bodied and medium flavored.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? I have a few left that I will enjoy smoking, but I don’t think I will buy more. I’m afraid that this cigar doesn’t have a lot of aging potential.

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

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