Personal Cigar Review: Cuban Cigar Factory Benji Menendez Robusto

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Cigar Details: Cuban Cigar Factory Benji Menendez Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Quesada
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $12.99
  • Release Date: October 2019
  • Source: Ventura Cigar

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Cuban Cigar Factory Benji Menendez Robusto is dark tan with some knotty, raised veins and wrinkles. The seams are slightly raised in some places and smooth in others. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band is black and gold up top and yellow and white below. The upper portion carries the brand name while the lower portion designates the Benji Menendez line. The aroma from the wrapper is light hay while the foot brings mustiness and aged cedar. The pre-light draw brings a mix of drying hay and cedar with a very faint spice on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of slightly charred wood, burning paper and light sweetness. At a half inch in, the char and sweetness are gone. The wood is more defined as oak and is up front while the burning paper note has lightened and is in the background. At three quarters of an inch in, some mushroom mustiness settles in between the oak and paper. The retrohale is lightly musty oak. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness has lost the mushroom note but is paired up with the oak up front while the burning paper is now right behind it. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the musty oak and burning paper. At a half inch in, the oak gains a slight char while the burning paper note mellows slightly. The retrohale is just musty oak. At an inch and a quarter, the paper note is fairly light. As the third comes to a close, the profile is lightly charred and musty oak with a light burning paper in the background. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char is replaced by a toasted note paired with the oak, and the burning paper note is now just present on the finish. At a half inch in, the burning paper note comes back to being right behind the toasted oak and mustiness. The retrohale is toasted and musty oak. At three quarters of an inch in, an immense amount of bitterness, likely associated with the burning paper note, has joined the profile. The cigar wraps up with toasted oak along with burning paper and bitterness. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit of a mess as the cigar went out once in each third and required re-lights.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with a mix of slightly charred wood, burning paper and light sweetness. The char and sweetness left fairly quickly and some mushroom mustiness joined the profile as the wood became more defined as oak. The second third saw the char return. The final third saw the burning paper increase and an immense amount of bitterness join in. Draw was great but the burn required a re-light in each third. Strength was medium most of the way. The Cuban Cigar Factory Benji Menendez Robusto started on a down note with the burning paper and just went downhill from there. The final third with the immense bitterness was just awful. Having smoked both versions from this line, I have to say they are a failure. Putting two legends names on these cigars and then delivering these blends at a high price point has me scratching my head. I have no interest in smoking this again.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

3.22

Cost/Point

$4.04

Scoring System

Aaron
AveragePre
Light
SubparFirst
Third
SubparSecond
Third
PoorFinal
Third
SubparBurn
AmazingDraw
PoorOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Cuban Cigar Factory Benji Menendez Robusto
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Cuban Cigar Factory Benji Menendez Robusto

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