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La Reina Robusto Maduro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Rebecca Silverwolf

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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 La Reina Maduro 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.



La Reina Robusto Maduro

Brand:
La Reina
Name:
Robusto Maduro
Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
50
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Dominican Republic
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto
Average Member Rating:
3.42 star rating based on 6 Review(s) (6 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with None

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

Very firm cigar, from foot to head. Slightly veiny and rough wrapper. It was very easy to punch. Aroma was sweet, earthy and slightly floral, but didn't have any of the chocolate notes that I usually get with a maduro.

Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

This burned very evenly for the first half. It got uneven in the second half, a little bit of canoeing, and required a touch up to even out. Ash was very firm, held for about 1.5 inches. Salt and pepper ash color. Produced a large volume of smoke.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Draw was very easy and smooth. Wrapper had a few bumps, but other than that was very even, and it covered the foot completely. A nice sturdy cap, which punched easily and without cracking. Overall, a really well made cigar.

Flavor and Aroma: 15 Points of 45 Possible

I'd call this a medium to medium-full cigar. The first inch or so was very harsh, and left an astringent feeling on my tongue. After that it mellowed a little, but still made my throat burn slightly. The smoke was a little acrid, and smelled very strongly of ash. The first third was mainly cedar and earthy flavors. The second third was a little sweeter, almost fruity. The last third turned a little bitter, and developed a stronger cedar flavor with hints of leather. The whole smoke had a decent amount of black pepper. The aftertaste was a little ashy and bitter, though with an odd fruity sweetness mixed in.

Summary

The construction and burn for this cigar were great. The flavor left a lot to be desired. It was harsh and made my throat and nose burn. I haven't been a huge fan of Dominican cigars up to this point, and this did very little to change my mind. I don't think I would smoke one of these again.


   
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