Dona Flor is a Brazilian cigar brand and this 5×52 Selecao robusto got a 92 score in Cigar Aficionado a few years ago. It is a Brazilian puro and it is rolled softer than the average cigar so the subtlety of the flavors are enhanced while smoking this cigar. I got this cigar at Intertabac 2011 from the producer of these Brazilian puros.
The cigar has a chocolate brown and rough wrapper and a double band. I smell leather and wood and the cigar feels well constructed, a bit soft but that’s the way this cigar is supposed to be. The predraw is fine and I taste a fresh flavor.
I taste lots of leather with some wood. The cigar is mild spicy and after half an inch I also taste herbs. This cigar lacks the typical Brazilian sweetness I expected to taste. The wood flavor grows a bit in strength. After an inch I taste pepper with an earthy flavor and herbs.
Halfway I taste leather again with wood, that earthy flavor and herbs. The feeling in my mouth is dry and I get a little sparkle on the tip of my tongue. After two thirds I taste spicy herbs with some earthy flavors and a very mild acidic flavor.
This cigar lasted me for just an hour, which is a short time for a slow smoker like me. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The ash has a salt and pepper color and is quite firm. I had a few minor issues with the burn. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? No. It is not my cup of tea
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10