Brun del Re 1787 Rainforest Short Robusto. Brun del Re is a Costa Rican cigar brand, founded in 2006. Carlo Corazzo is originally from Switzerland but has been living in Costa Rica for the longest time. In 2001, he was introduced to the art of cigars on a trip to Cuba. He opened a shop and lounge in San Jose after his trip and a few years later he started making his own brand of cigars. At first with just a roller outside his shop. But in 2007, Corazzo and his business partner opened their factory in the Costa Rican capital and have been making cigars since. Brun del Re cigars are available in over 20 countries worldwide.
Even though Costa Rica doesn’t have the reputation of Nicaragua, Cuba, Honduras, or the Dominican Republic, the country has a huge tobacco history. The first recorded tobacco export from Central America was from Costa Rica. 1787 in the name has to do with a historical fact in Costa Rican tobacco history. And the Rainforest addition comes from the charity that is supported by this cigar. Brun del Re donates 20% of the proceeds of the cigar to The Rainforest Foundation of Costa Rica. The cigar is one of the few Costa Rican puros on the market.
The cigar looks cute. Short, and because of that kind of chubby even though it’s just as thick as a regular robusto. A pigtail and a foot that is folded close around the edges complete the look. The dark wrapper is oily and smooth. Add a green ring for the rainforest theme and a tropical frog as an emblem and the look is finished. The cigar feels well constructed and beautifully rolled. The aroma is medium strong and smells like hay.
The cold draw gives the right amount of resistance. The flavors are spicy raw tobacco with pepper. The first flavors are coffee, soil, pepper, and sweetness. Then a dark flavor shows up, earthy leather, slightly oily but with sweetness. The cigar then evolves into earthy bitterness such as dark chocolate, with sweetness and vegetal flavors. The mouthfeel is slightly buttery. Slowly more wood shows up, but the cigar is a little rough now as well. The wood is slowly replacing the earthiness as a dominant flavor, although soil never disappears. The pepper remains, yet the sweetness fades. The pepper grows in strength and becomes the main flavor. The earthiness keeps fading away.
The draw is great. The burn isn’t perfect but good enough. In the beginning, it looked like a crooked burn but it corrected itself. The ash is dark, very dark. This is a medium-bodied, full-flavored cigar. The flavors are not rounded, not balanced. The smoke time is one hour and forty-five minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nah