Blackbird Cigars Rook Sumatra Robusto

This cigar sports an attractive colorado color Sumatran wrapper. It has an Habano binder with both Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The construction looks great and the cold draw is perfect.

The initial flavor notes include a little nuttiness under medium bodied tobacco. The retrohale is smooth with just a touch of black pepper. The draw is easy and produces a large amount of smoke. The burn is even and the ash is a mottled grey that appears firm.

In the first third the flavor profile remains steady with an almost chewy texture. The nut notes are mainly almond and pecan. The retrohale remains smooth with no increase in the pepper notes. The ash has started to flake some and the burn hooked around a small run to return to even.

During the second third the burn ran enough to require a correction. The ash remains flaky. The large band had to be removed, but peeled off with no wrapper damage. The flavor profile remains steady, as does the retrohale.

Approaching the final inch the burn continues to be problematic even though I rotated the cigar while smoking. The ash remains somewhat flaky as well. This would seem to be a construction issue. The medium to full flavor profile remains steady and pleasant.

8.5/10, and would score higher if not for the burn. Joe Bob says check it out.

Note: I have smoked three other cigars in the Blackbird line with no issues.

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