Personal Cigar Review: Sancho Panza The Original Robusto

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Cigar Details: Sancho Panza The Original Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés
  • Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Factory: STG Danlí
  • Blender: Matt Booth and Justin Andrews
  • Price: $6.69
  • Release Date: July 2022
  • Source: Sancho Panza

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Sancho Panza The Original Robusto is light brown with a couple of raised and knotty veins. The seams are a bit raised and the cap has a few wrinkles and is clearly a shade darker than the rest of the wrapper. There are two bands, with the primary being blue, gold and white and denoting the brand and country of origin. The secondary band is gold and white and denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cedar and hay while the foot brings graham cracker and cedar. The pre-light draw brings an airy mix of cedar and floral notes.

First Third

The cigar begins with dry, toasted cedar and mild black pepper. At a half inch in, a faint creaminess joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, a faint floral note joins. As the third comes to a close, the profile is dry, toasted cedar up front, with black pepper a fair amount behind and light creaminess and floral notes in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the floral note picks up a bit and the cedar becomes a bit less dry. At a half inch in, some earth joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth, black pepper and light floral note. At an inch in, the earth is now a bit behind the toasted cedar. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth with the floral note and black pepper a bit further behind and a light creaminess in the background. The strength remained slightly below medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins the earth is now even with the toasted cedar up front. At a quarter inch in, the toast level increases. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, earth, black pepper and light floral note. At an inch in, the black pepper has departed. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front with the floral note a fair bit behind and light creaminess in the background. The strength had bumped up to medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy at times and the cigar went out once, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in three quarter inch increments.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with dry, toasted cedar and mild black pepper. A light creaminess joined in a bit later and a floral note after that. The second third saw some earth join in and build up. The final third saw the black pepper depart. The Sancho Panza The Original Robusto started a bit dry, but by the second third, the cigar picked up in enjoyment. The final third dropped down as the earth picked up and was up front with the cedar. Overall, the cigar was decent. It’s got a low price point, so it’s an easy try. If I came back to this, I’d pair it with a sweet beverage to combat some of the dryness, but on it’s own, it’s not something I’d focus on.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.16

Scoring System

Aaron
AveragePre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
GoodSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
GoodBurn
Very GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Sancho Panza The Original Robusto

Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Sancho Panza The Original Robusto

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