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Santa Ana Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: David Robinson (gitfiddl)

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Welcome to another Cigar Geeks Critique of a cigar provided to us by our friends at Palomino Cigars.  Up for review this time is the Santa Ana Robusto.  They have generously provided a number of cigars in the Robusto size for our members to review.  Special thanks to member ljlemer (aka Larry) for lining this one up.



Santa Ana Robusto

Brand:
Santa Ana
Name:
Robusto
Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
50
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Dominican Republic
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Mild-Medium
Shape:
Robusto
Average Member Rating:
3.88 star rating based on 4 Review(s) (4 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Aquafina bottled water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

The initial presentation was very nice with a cedar wrap and a red ribbon around the foot.  There were a couple prominent veins. The cigar had a nice velvety sheen.  The cap was flat and probably would have taken more to a punch than my guillotine, but it cut cleanly nonetheless.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

I experienced no uneven burn issues greater than a half an inch.  All were easily rectified with a hit of a torch.  The ash was a nice white and the first time it dropped was close to the halfway point.  When the ash did drop, it was solid and left a nice cone.  The volume of smoke was more than average.  When resting, a small trickle of smoke was noticed coming from the head after a puff.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This cigar had a noticeable amount of heft to it.  Rolling it between the fingers, the cigar was firm with no soft spots.  The draw started out a little on the tight side, but loosened after about an inch or so into near perfect.  As stated above, the cap was relatively flat and is probably a candidate for a punch instead of a blade.  The head held up well throughout the duration with no mushiness.

Flavor and Aroma: 32 Points of 45 Possible

I would rate this cigar as a medium bodied smoke.  It opened with mostly pleasant herbal grassy flavors with just a touch of wood (oak maybe?).  At the 2/3 point I noticed a bitterness that lasted for two puffs or so and then it was gone.  It was replaced with black coffee and cedar that lasted throughout the rest of the smoke.

Summary

I truly enjoyed this cigar.   It had enough flavor and complexity to keep one interested without being overpowering.  The cello said $8. I would happily pay that to smoke another.  Thanks to Larry for scoring these for us to review.  I Know where my first stop will be next time I'm in WPB.


   
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