Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

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

Cigar Geeks Rating

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 Barber Pole 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 Dos Capas

Santa Ana
Robusto Dos Capas
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Average Member Rating:
3.75 star rating based on 4 Review(s) (4 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Iced tap water

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

The presentation was good, with a red ribbon around the foot that was a nice compliment to the embossed red on gold band towards the head.  The wrapper was dry with a lot of veins in both the light and dark wrappers.

Lighting and Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar cut nicely and started out with a nice even burn.  The solid ash was almost white and held on for well over an inch before dropping. The burn was even until just past midway, when it seemed as if it wanted to tunnel (there was little smoke and no active burn on the wrapper on the puff).  I re-torched it and we were back in the game.

Construction: 22 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was near perfect, with the exception of the aforementioned tunnel issue.  The barber-pole wrapper was uneven, with the stripes varying greatly in width.  Veins from one wrapper were very noticeable through the other.  At the light, the cigar was nice and firm, but started to go soft at the halfway point.  Towards the nub the head started to get mushy and the draw went away.

Flavor and Aroma: 31 Points of 45 Possible

The pre-light aroma was of earth and wood and the first third of the cigar tasted as such, with no other attention-getting flavors.  Around the two-thirds/halfway mark, some mild pepper and cedar became noticeable .  During the final third the cedar and pepper came to the forefront, but never overpowered what I thought was a nice tasting cigar.


I've always thought of barber-poles as a novelty, and in my estimation, this one proves it.  It wasn't a bad cigar by any means, but I'd prefer prefer the effort be put into solid construction than making a cigar look like a candy cane.

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