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JFR Robusto 5.5×50 Maduro

This is a very smooth dark wrapper cigar. The foot has light aromas of earth and coffee. The cold draw is perfect. Today’s beverage is a cold Topo Chico.


There is an initial blast of pepper in the flavor profile, along with the earthy flavor. The retohale also has black pepper notes and the cigar is mostly full bodied to start. The ash is mottled grey and looks solid. The burn is even.

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Santa Clara D8 Robusto

This is a mild looking cigar from the European market. It will be formally released in the US by Redland Cigar Company at a cut and light event On Fridsy, September 10. The cigar line is from the same factory in Costa Rica in the same factory that produces Atabey. They are touted as a “budget friendly” alternative. There are light sweet notes from the closed foot. The cold draw is slightly tight with light leather notes.


Initial flavors are light to medium bodied. There are some salty notes with the leather and light spices. The draw opens up very nicely. The ash is fairly solid and the burn is somewhat uneven to start.

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