Brand: Vegas Robaina
Line: Exclusivo Canada
Size: 6 1/2″ x 54
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Age: 2 Years
Price: $50 CAD
Where to Purchase:Village Cigar Co.
Its been quite a while since I have had a Vegas Robaina cigar and I thought that since I was on a Cuban binge that I would pick up one of the Canadian exclusives. The Vegas Robaina XV Aniversario Pre-Release Is a beautiful looking stick with a smooth, creamy looking wrapper with slightly visible seams and a full, yet soft pack. The aroma was distinctly Cuban with notes of hay and cedar. I snipped the end off that my guillotine and lit the cigar with my torch. The Initial notes were slightly bitter, but that quickly faded and was replaced with notes of cedar and all-spice.
First Third (1/3) – 20 min
The loose draw helped to produce a voluptuous amount of smoke which gave me my favourite chewy-mouth feeling. I certainly felt the kick in my chest and the finish lasted until the next draw. The notes of cedar persisted and they were complimented by a sweet espresso. The burn went a bit wonky but it soon self corrected.
Second Third (2/3) – 25 min
Thankfully the flavour didn’t change very much. I was definitely enjoying this stick and the flavours were certainly classic. The notes of cedar and espresso persisted from the firs third all the way until the end of this second third. Notes of hay were present on the ambient smoke and the taste of caramel/vanilla was somewhere to be found on the long finish.
Final Third (3/3) – 25 min
Although I enjoyed the first third immensely, it was this final third that really shined. The flavours remained the same but as the cigar started to heat up as the burn moved closer to the end I began to distinguish notes of sweet port wine. Port is one of my favourite pairing drinks with cigars and it is definitely a Cuban cigar thing to taste port in the cigar!
Total Smoke Time: 1 h 10 min
The Vegas Robaina XV Aniversario Pre-Release is an instant classic. Although the flavours are to die for its near $50 price point certainly nocks a few points off. The cigar produces a great bouquet of notes and that is accompanied by excellent construction. Taking all of this into account the Vegas Robaina XV Aniversario Pre-Release get on The Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale an:
By: Steven Umbrello – Senior Editor