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Vivaldi (Santa Ana Cigars) Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: The Jackal, A.K.A. - Jason Sherlock (Jackal)

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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 Vivaldi 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.



Vivaldi (Santa Ana Cigars) Robusto

Brand:
Vivaldi (Santa Ana Cigars)
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:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto
Average Member Rating:
3.25 star rating based on 4 Review(s) (4 Review(s))
Notes:
Made by Santa Ana. Sold by Palomino.
This cigar was enjoyed with Sam Adams Boston Lager

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar had a good earthy aroma, with a hint of coco.  The wrapper had a light sheen of oiliness to it.  It clipped easily and cleanly.  The pre-light draw was a bit tight and had a good taste of wood and earth.



Lighting and Burn: 7 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar seemed to light up easily, but did not want to burn well.

It wanted to burn very hot.  I tried to smoke it as slowly as I could without letting it go out.  The burn was very ragged and needed a touch up within the first 2 centimeters to avoid a serious canoeing problem from happening.  About half way down, the cigar started to tunnel.

The ash was gray, very flaky and loose.  Smoke was wispy and off white.  Draw was tight throughout the smoke.


Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Like all of the Palomino cigars that I have seen, the construction appeared to be very good.

It had a coco brown veiny wrapper; the wrapper had an inconstant texture with patches of small bumps.  The cigar had good weight for its size indicating that it was well filled with tobacco.  However, the firmness of the cigar was not consistent over its length, with the foot being much firmer than the rest of the stick. The cap was well constructed.  

Flavor and Aroma: 21 Points of 45 Possible

The initial flavor upon lighting was peppery and earthy, but there was a metallic undertone that I found very unpleasant and distracting.  The flavor opened up to being more coffee like, but the metallic taste lingered.  This taste was very astringent and it caused my tongue to feel fuzzy.

The second third was very black coffee like and had a harsh ashy taste to go with it.  I was then hit with an unpleasant taste as the cigar started to tunnel.  The coffee flavor returned after the tunneling was fixed, and the ashy flavor remained.

By the last third, the cigar started to mellow out a bit.  It was still very earthy and the metallic taste was still there.  It remained until the last, when all of the other flavors had left.

This cigar left a bad, harsh, astringent taste on my tongue after smoking it.  


Summary

I am hoping that the specimen that I received was an anomaly.  The burn was very bad, and that may have affected the flavor to some extent.  However, the metallic taste and the fact that this cigar left an unpleasant taste lingering on my tongue probably are not addressed by burn issues.  I would be very reluctant to smoke this cigar again.


   
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