I feel like the Macanudo Inspirado White Robusto truly stood out as an interesting cigar with great flavor complexity. I would not hesitate to recommend this cigar to a wide array of cigar smokers, and will be adding it to my purchase list for 2018.
Sumatra is an interesting leaf and one that is tough to do really well as it can produce a dry profile. The Dominion Classic Robusto didn't exhibit that until the final third. The flavor profile was pretty typical with oak the primary player and it wasn't anything extraordinary. If you're a Sumatra fan, it's well worth your time to check it out to see what you think.
I find the Debonaire Daybreak Robusto to be a clean and nuanced flavor delivery. The notes although not overly complex, worked well together, giving an overall mild-medium body and strength, easy going flavor profile.
The Ventura Hugo Chairman Robusto, in my opinion, was a sweet dessert. The sweetened milk chocolate note was upfront and dominant the vast majority of the time until the last third where much needed spice and minerals was available. Overall, a unique and interesting bundle of flavors.
Cornelius & Anthony really has something special going on with their proprietary U.S. binder. The combination of this binder and utilization of La Zona sourced tobaccos brings an added layer of punch that is both unique and tasty in this Señor Esugars. This is definitely one to try especially if you enjoy heavy spice and earth cigars.
The Casa Fernandez Condega Corojo Serie S Robusto shows a familiar TABSA style being rich in flavors. But the spike in white pepper spice is at times overbearing, and throws off balance and refinement. I liked the cigar but am more interested to see what further age will do.
The cigar started off not how I expected with a wave of strength and some very full flavors. I enjoyed it, especially as it smoothed out fairly quickly. The first third was the best and then became less complex in each subsequent third. The La Aurora ADN Dominicano is a good example of what a cigar that uses andullo can do and I'm thinking this might do well for La Aurora.
The D’Crossier Golden Blend Robusto had a nuanced and downright delicious tasting profile unfortunately leveled by a poor burn performance. Even factoring that, I did enjoy the flavor profile and will gladly smoke more, even if I have to light it again (and again).
The Aerial showed great depths of flavors starting with the familiar La Zona spice kick upfront and good identifiable flavors. A great representation of well rounded and building intensities of flavors. I say give a Connecticut Shade hater an unbanded Aerial and show him/her the bands afterwards to see their surprise.