Honduras

JRE Aladino Fuma Noche Super Toro

Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Fuma Noche Super Toro

I found the JRE Aladino Fuma Noche Super Toro to be an elegant cigar. It doesn’t deliver that Honduran flavor profile you get with JRE releases, but it still has this aged Honduran flavor profile. It is not in your face, but balanced and constant. A lovely blend that is composed of well-aged tobacco. It smokes great now, but you can see it showing elegance with years of aging.

E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2023 Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2023 Robusto

The E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2023 Robusto had an average flavor profile throughout, focused around toasted oak, earth and black pepper. There were some slight transitions, but nothing that ever made the profile exciting. Interesting to smoke an EPC made by Oscar Valladares, but it's not a cigar I'd come back to.

G.A.R. American Standard Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: G.A.R. American Standard Robusto

The G.A.R. American Standard Robusto had an average flavor profile throughout, just focused around musty, toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. Not a cigar I'd really see myself coming back to, but for a cigar at this price point, well worth those that prefer lower priced cigars to check out. I've had equal experiences with cigars priced three times or more than this.

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

The Somm BDX Blanc Robusto had a nice start with a fair bit of transitions from components joining the profile. It took a step down in the second third as the earth evened up with the cedar and some wood bitterness joined in. I'm always interested in low strength offerings that attempt to deliver a flavor focused profile. This was able to accomplish that through the first third, but couldn't maintain a good balance after that. Not really a cigar I'd see myself coming back to.

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

The Macanudo Emissary España Robusto was one of the great surprises at the 2024 PCA in Las Vegas. Having smoked a show sample, I was eagerly awaiting my opportunity to review the released cigar. I am not disappointed, with restrained and balanced flavors throughout, this is a solid release in the Macanudo portfolio. I would happily smoke another Macanudo Emissary España Robusto again.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15

The Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2012 No. 15 had a nice start, with a good combination of flavors and smooth delivery. It took a step down in the second third as the earth joined and built up and maintained that level the rest of the way. This is a decent Honduran puro and I'd be open to coming back to it from time to time. Definitely a step up for me over the newest rendition of the blend.

El Rey del Mundo Shade Grown Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: El Rey del Mundo Shade Grown Robusto

I found the El Rey del Mundo Shade Grown Robusto to be pleasant, but largely linear for the review, except for a few minutes during the start of the first third. By the last third, the profile was largely wood driven which did not engage my interest. Overall, this isn't likely something I'd return to, but the price point is very affordable in the current market and I could see it appealing to budget smokers or smokers looking for a light bodied daily cigar.

Bolivar Gran Republica Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: Bolivar Gran Republica Robusto

The Bolivar Gran Republica Robusto was a pleasant cigar to review, with some complex combinations of flavors through the first third. The remainder of the cigar was still pleasant but a little simple overall in the flavor presentation. I don't think there was enough flavor delivery here to make me seek this out again, however the price point is very attractive so I could see recommending this to cigar smokers in the below medium strength category.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2023 No. 15

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2023 No. 15

Maya Selva once again delivers an enjoyable cigar experience with the Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2023 No. 15. The first and second thirds were the most engaging for me, with the last third taking on some hay and wood components that distracted from the other flavors. I would enjoy smoking another Maya Selva Flor de Selva 2023 No. 15, and it will be interesting to contrast this experience against the 2012 offering.

Rocky Patel Dark Star Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Dark Star Robusto

Hey, this Honduran Corojo is purdy good. It has that nice pepper spice through the nostrils, but the accompanying depth of stone fruit and mixed nuts wraps it up very well. I wasn't a big fan of the stale cedar in general, but for the majority of the cigar it was tampered quite well. No doubt will be happy to smoke this Rocky Patel Dark Star Robusto again.