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Di Fazio Maduro Doble Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Ken Kelley (Ken Kelley)

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Welcome to another Cigar Geeks Critique of a set of cigars provided to us by our friends at Di Fazio Cigars.  Up for review this time is the Maduro Doble Robusto.




Di Fazio Maduro Doble Robusto

Brand:
Di Fazio
Name:
Maduro Doble Robusto
Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
60
Country of Origin:
Honduras
Filler:
Honduras
Nicaragua
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Robusto Gordo
Average Member Rating:
4.33 star rating based on 3 Review(s) (3 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

The wrapper on this cigar was a dark chocolaty brown and appeared to have a slight sheen. The white label with gold accents contrasted very nicely against the dark background of the wrapper.  There were a few small bumps here and there along with two small veins running up opposite sides of the cigar.  It had a good heft and appeared to be fully packed with tobacco, yielding slightly to a gentle squeeze.  A sniff or two yielded a faint tobacco scent with the smell of the foot being fractionally stronger than the body of the cigar.  I elected to use a punch to open the cigar because of the large ring size.  The cap punched cleanly with no cracks.  A cold draw yielded a faint taste of tobacco with a slightly sweet tanginess.    

Lighting and Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

Toasting the foot was a somewhat lengthy process due to the large ring size.  Once lit, the cigar yielded thick clouds of white smoke.  The burn started off fairly straight but after a quarter of an inch one side started to lag slightly but not enough to require a correction.  At the half inch point a slight, narrow bulge formed on one side.  Although the wrapper didn't split a narrow strip of it over the bulge lagged behind the burn.  I let this strip go for the next half inch hoping it would disappear but it didn't so I corrected the burn.  That side needed additional corrections as the burn progressed.  The ash was slightly flaky and gray with darker gray areas here and there.  The ash dropped after an inch revealing a cone which was off center.  The slight bulge was on the side of the cone deviation, the side lagging in the burn.    

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This was a well constructed cigar on initial inspection although the burn revealed a bit of a problem with the roll.  The wrapper was even and the seam was neat.  The cap was centered but had a few small wrinkles around the edge.  The cap punched cleanly and the draw was on the loose side of my preference.

Flavor and Aroma: 15 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar opened with a burst of pepper.  The pepper quickly faded and a mildly sweet maduro flavor emerged with a hint of coffee and nuttiness.  The flavor and strength both were on the mild side and lacked intensity.  Halfway through the first third the sweetness and hints of coffee faded away.  The remainder of the cigar was flat and the smoke, although it showed no change in volume, took on a slightly acrid edge with hints of a maduro taste appearing infrequently.

Summary

This was an attractive cigar.  The dark wrapper was well complemented by the stark white label with its gold accents.  The first inch showed promise but the promise quickly faded.  If the initial sweetness and maduro flavors had progressed I would have had reason to score it higher.  As it turned out, the cigar reached its zenith in the middle of the first third and then went away.  


   
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