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Bugatti Ambassador Robusto

Bugatti Ambassador Robusto. One of the many blends available from the brand connected to the luxury supercars with the same name. And having a private label cigar isn’t the only connection to the cigar industry. Bugatti has its own line of accessories too. But back to the cigars, the Bugatti range goes from mild to strong. There’s are lines called Belstaff Bond, Boss Classic, Ambassador, Medio, Potere, Quattro Claro, Quattro Maduro, Scuro, and Signature. Now due to legislation, these cigars can’t be distributed everywhere. In The Netherlands for example, where the cars would be considered advertising for the cigars (yes, really!!) and advertising of tobacco is prohibited.

For the review, we smoked the Ambassador. This cigar is made at PDR Cigars on the Dominican Republic. That’s where most Bugatti cigars are made, although the brand also works with Kelner Boutique Factory for the smaller lines. The Bugatti Ambassador Robusto is a 5×52 cigar with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The binder comes from the Dominican Republic. The filler is a four-country blend. Tobaccos from the Dominican, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania (USA) are used.

The Colorado colored wrapper is mildly oily. It has a few distinct veins and is middle of the road looking. The rings are nice. The Bugatti ring has a carbon fiber look with the Bugatti logo. It has that supercar race look. The secondary ring is a metallic red with silver metallic letters. The triple cap looks good. The cigar feels a bit hard but evenly hard. There are no soft spots. The cigar has a barnyard aroma, hay, and animals.

The cold draw is great. It has a lot of sweetness, yet also a peppery raw tobacco flavor. The first puffs are coffee with sweetener, soil, and pepper. A few puffs later, there’s also leather and old wood. The sweetness turns from artificial to crystal sugar. Balanced, with character. Enjoyable. In the second part, the cigar has pepper, carrot flavors, sweetness, and soil. There are also traces of hay, coffee, and leather. Then the final third arrives, the cigar is all about sweet coffee and pepper again.

The draw is great. The ash is dark, frayed yet firm and strong. The smoke is thick, great in volume and beautifully white. The burn is nice and quite straight. This is a medium-bodied, medium flavored cigar. Enjoyable yet not memorable. Well balanced. The smoke time is one hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Every once in a while

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Arganese Ambassador maduro corona

I got a box of these in a 2 fer 1 sale which I split with Matt aka Mithshrike about a year ago. The corona has a length of 5 ½ inch and a ring of 45. The Brazilian mata fina wrapper has a nice dark color but some big veins are visible which makes the cigar not so appealing. Underneath the wrapper you’ll find a Dominican binder, Sumatra seed, and Dominican filler. The cigar is wrapped in cellophane. The predraw is fine and the construction feels good. The aroma reminds me of hay.
I get a nice warm coffee flavor with a mild sweet chocolate. The first few puffs the flavors are full but they mellow out. The aftertaste is dry wood and a bit stale, but not unpleasant. The stale undertone disappears quickly.
At every puff it looks like you’re sucking the chocolate and caramel marrow out of a candy bar, you can feel the flavors running over your tongue but as soon as you stop sucking the flavor is gone. After little over an inch something sour shows up and midway I get a surprise: cinnamon, a flavor that I love.
At 2/3rd I get some cedar but unfortunately, this cigar has a very noticeable turning point so it’s no use nubbin this cigar. I like this cigar but due to the warm and comforting feeling of the flavors, I think this is a very seasonal cigar. I would love this cigar in the cold of the winter, but would dislike it when it’s hot and sunny outside.
I get a lot of thick white smoke from this cigar, and the ash is light colored, firm but it doesn’t grow straight. The burn is a bit crooked and I had to correct a few times.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a good winter smoke and nice priced but they are discontinued.

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

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Arganese Ambassador maduro figurado

This Dominican figurado, ring 54 and 6.5 inch long, is made by Gene Arganese and contains Dominican filler, binder and a Brazilian matafina maduro wrapper. The shape is a bit odd, as the fire point isn’t straight but a little bend. The cigar feels like it’s well constructed, evenly hard all over and the aroma is sweet and reminds me of a stable. The sweetness probably comes from the Brazilian tobacco. The predraw whatsoever is a bit though and gives me the flavor of raisin on my palate.

The walnut case it is in on this picture was a gift from Mark @ cigarmony and the cigar itself was a gift from my friend Tobii
After lighting I really had to think “what’s that flavor?”. I mean, there was plenty of flavor but I could not name it other than earthy flavors with a leathery undertone. The flavors had a dark feel to it, like a real winter cigar. The cigar grows in strength and at a certain moment a surprisingly pleasant metallic flavor shows up for a little while, a flavor I don’t particularly like but it wasn’t bad at all. Later on I got some nutty flavors on my palate and a soft light chocolate flavor which faded away quickly. The nuttiness stays until the end of the cigar when it is accompanied by some toast and white pepper.
This is a medium strength cigar but with lots of flavor. There was enough smoke and the ash was quite strong. I do seem to have burning issues with figurados and perfectos though.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 20
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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