Posts Tagged ‘Robusto’

Casa Magna Colorado Robusto

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is the Casa Magna Colorado Robusto.
This review was sent in by Jeff Berhnard

Wrapper: Colorado Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Brief History: This “original” Casa Magna offers a full-bodied blend, introduced in 2008. Created by Manolo Quesada and Nestor Plasencia. It was cigar of the year in Cigar Aficionado roughly 3 years ago.

Construction: 9
Appearance: 9
This cigar is almost perfect with a solid construction, wrapper with no blemishes or irregularity and it is consistent for the entire box.
Size: 5.5 x 52
Paired with: Bourbon, to compliment the full bodies flavor
Price: 9 – very affordable
Body of Cigar: Full, all the way

Flavor: 9
Burn: 8

I used a bullet cutter here to allow for a consistent draw of this full bodied smoke. Also, there is little-to-no chance of destroying the wrapper, if you are a hack like me.


Overall Experience: 9

The Casa Magna is a cigar that clearly shows why it was cigar of the year in CA a few years ago. There are so many new cigars that hit the market each year, but Casa Magna is the one cigar that I go back to every time for the same, great consistent experience. It has rich, full taste with hints of cedar and cocoa, and stays this way through almost the entire smoke. For this Casa Magna cigar and all my cigars, I always allow them to age for at least a year before smoking, so they mellow out nicely. At only $6.00 per stick, this is the best smoke for the value, in my opinion, if you like full bodied cigars.



Ave Maria Crusader

Posted: May 18, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is an Ave Maria Crusader.

Size: 5×52
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Price: $4.00
Paired With:
Body: Medium to Full

Construction & Appearance:
The cigar is rolled almost flawlessly. There are minimal veins present and it is tight and compact all the way down. The wrapper shows next to no oil on it. I can’t say it enough, the sight of this cigar is truly impressive. It has one of the best looking bands out there. It’s also a huge band. When you remove this band, you still have a ton of cigar to smoke!

Smooth draw
This beauty of a cigar was a treat even just to look at. The cigar is rolled nice and tight with thick tobacco, which is easily noticeable when looking at this stick. There were no soft spots and the pre-light draw gave off a hint of leathery tobacco. I used my scissors on the Crusader, and the cap opened up easily with no loose tobacco flaking out the end.


This has a very smooth and easy draw. It produced beautiful white smoke. I couldn’t find a single complaint about the burn of this cigar either. Spice and pepper were present but backed off quick.


The second third of this cigar is where the Crusader really finds its stride. Smooth leather, roasted wood, and a real noticeable sweetness on the finish. The spice is only lightly present by this point, and more dominant is cream! Great stuff!


This portion is very consistent with the second. Smooth and rich with cream.



I was very excited to try this cigar, and had been since I first heard about them. The Ave Maria lived up to all my expectations and I was very happy with its end result. This is a cigar that everyone should try at least once. I will be buying more of these, there is no doubt.

Long ashes,


Padron 2000 Natural Robusto

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is a Padron 2000 Natural Robusto

size: 5×50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $3.50-5.00
Paired With: Starbucks Three Region blend coffee
Medium Bodied
In Humidor for 2 years

Construction & Appearance:
Beautiful, Smooth, no real rough spots
Veins but aren’t noticeable. Great plumage

I really enjoyed just having this cigar in my mouth this morning. Its a perfect little cigar to have while making coffee, and that’s just what I did. When it came time to sit down and cut it, it had a perfect cut with my scissors which gave a perfect draw prior to being lit.


Burn is perfect… very little spice. Tastes of sweetness. I was picking up on a coffee, late flavor. Beautiful aromas and very white ash. Later in the first, the flavors went to a cream that actually remind me of cream soda.



Ashed midway through this section. I felt like this was the sweet spot, literally, of this cigar. It was oozing of flavors of cream and hints of chocolate.




This was and continued to be a cool smoke. Beautiful, white colored ash. Very tasty with chocolate sticking around.




I had never tried one of these smaller Padrons. I typically prefer larger cigars, however, if ever you don’t have time for a larger cigar, this one is perfect. I think the fact that mine had aged for two years helped the spice wear off better. But, I loved it. I’m gonna get some more of these and at this price you can’t go wrong!


Oliva Serie V Double Robusto

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Cigar
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Up for review today is an Oliva Serie V Double Robusto

size: 5×54
Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $6.50
Paired With: Dr. Pepper
Started off Medium & went Full Bodied

Construction & Appearance:
Beautiful, smooth, no rough spots or soft spots.

Draw is a little tougher… Not perfectly open but it’s packed really tight. Cut with scissors.
Pre-lit tastes of tobacco and earth.


Burning flawlessly with a gray ash. Tastes of spice and hints of nuts.



Hasn’t yet ashed. Tastes are smooth and creamy. Spice is gone.



Finally ashed and yet flavor stayed consistent (sometimes it changes on me after ashing).


Ash became a little flakey here but taste is consistent with the cream. Picking up on rich chocolate tones with hints of Mocha.



Oliva is really good at what they do and the Serie V is no exception! I’ve smoked several of these now and I highly recommend them! They are a beautiful cigar, they smoke consistently, and provide a ton of flavor! Pick one up. You won’t be disappointed!