There’s not much I enjoy more than an evening of writing. But sometimes the brain needs a little extra boost, and that’s when I pull out a small cigar. This time I chose to pull out a G.A.R. Robusto Grande by George Rico. I think I acquired it as part of a random sampler from Holt’s Cigar Company. You can get a good deal on a collection of odds and ends; cigars that came from broken packages, leftovers from sampler sets, and so forth, which is perfect for a cigar reviewer who wants a little variety.
The Robusto Grande is five and half inches long and a 52 ring gauge. It has a well-constructed double cap and its Ecuadoran Corojo wrapper is a smooth chocolate brown with few veins. Its wrapper scent is pleasant and earthy, like dried cowpies. I found it cut easily and cleanly in a V shape with my tabletop cutter. The room note was a leathery, dry-earth scent, but I found there was a hint of bitter in it. And the first few draws proved that, while in general the Nicaraguan long-fillers produced rich, earthy flavours, tinged with a hint of coffee, a bitter undertone remained.
It is billed as a full bodied cigar, and indeed, I found that the strong nicotine was just what I was looking for! Alas, it was not to be. Within the first few minutes, a direct draft of the smoke caused Erin to start coughing; not a high recommendation since he lives in a cloud of smoke. Then it went out, despite the fact that I had put down my writing to take a break and chat at the table, and I was smoking it steadily.
A little irritated, I clipped and relit, and it promptly went out after about another five minutes.
Genuinely cross now, I clipped again, and having lost nearly half of the cigar, I relit it once more with a fully-clipped end to draw from, in the hopes that greater air flow would keep the fires burning.
But no; it went out yet again within ten minutes of the final relight. It had also started to crack.
Well, that’s a deal-breaker for me. Unfortunate, since the original dark flavours and the strong boost showed such promise! But I can’t favour a badly-constructed cigar. I am sure I will try it again, hoping for a better roll, but for the time being I must give it:
You can get the G.A.R. at Cigar.com or Cigars International, where it runs about $6.50 to $6.80 USD for a single, and about $30 USD for a five pack. Boxes of twenty are discounted for $115 to $120 USD, but they’re out of stock at CI. That’s a lady’s perspective!