Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

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Cigar Details: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
  • Blender: Henderson Ventura
  • Price: $16.00
  • Release Date: August 2022
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the ADVentura La Llorona Robusto is light brown with some greenish spots and has some decently raised veins on the back of the cigar. The seams are a bit raised and the caps are decently applied. The cigar seems a bit light for its size. There are two bands that look like a single band, and both are red, white, blue, gold and black. There is a pirate skull along with the line and company name and the upper band can be removed to show a different version of the skull underneath. The aroma from the wrapper is earth and hay while the foot brings a light mix of cedar and earth. The pre-light draw brings sweet cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Firm in hand, the ADVentura La Llorona Robusto is finished with a lovely cap. The wrapper sports small to medium sized veins throughout, and the wrapper is toothy and slightly gritty in texture. The cigar has a wrapper coloring of light Natural, and it has this antique brown coloring. Aromas of sweet spices, hay, leather and earth on the foot.
John: The ADVentura La Llorona Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker that tears in half when the cello is opened. The cigar initially appears to have a single band, but it is comprised of two bands, with the secondary band applied so it appears as one. Aromas off the wrapper included bread, wood and sweetness. From the foot, there was tobacco, raisin and hay undertones.
Jiunn: The ADVentura La Llorona Robusto has a Colorado wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of a pungent wet barnyard. Aromas from the foot give cedar, hay and dried red pepper spice. Cold draws reveal cedar, hay and a hint of plastic.

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and a slightly sharp black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the sharpness leaves the black pepper. The retrohale is toasted cedar and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, light earthiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the earth is now right behind the toasted cedar while the black pepper is a bit further behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with great black pepper notes, and they are paired with some dry tobacco, leather and wood qualities. Bit of strength to the cigar, as I would say the cigar is around medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third begins with bread, light spices and wood to finish. A delayed chocolate comes into the post draw. As the first third settles, chocolate, earth and nutmeg all define the retrohale, with earth and wood to finish. Some mild dryness also joins the post draw. Dried plum adds to the post draw as it progresses, with the baking spices moving up to light-plus strength.
Jiunn: The first third begins with barnyard must, game, hay and airy cedar. Half inch in or so, the profile settles to spicy cedar, hay and the same barnyard must. Retrohaling provides deeper spicy cedar but also gives a nice almond pastry note. The finish is medium length, with stale cedar and subtle dried red pepper spice. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth is now even with the toasted cedar up front. At three quarters of an inch in, the dry earth now has a slight lead over the toasted cedar. The retrohale is now an even mix of toasted cedar and dry earth. As the third comes to a close, the dry earth remains slightly ahead of the toasted cedar with the black pepper a fair distance behind. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third shows some transitioning and I am getting some faint Biscoff qualities with dry wood, leather and lots of black pepper. The pepper is pronounced, and the cigar is still an easy medium-full in strength and body.
John: The second third opens with chocolate and earth as wood finishes with trailing medium strength spices to linger on the post draw. As the second third settles in, wood dryness breaks into the post draw. The profile remains consistent through the remainder of the second third.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile decreased in scope quite a bit. Stale cedar and dried red pepper spice is all I’m getting at this point. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toasted cedar and dry earth are back to even and become a bit fuller. At a half inch in, a light wood bitterness becomes present. The retrohale remains an even mix of toasted cedar and dry earth. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is an even mix of toasted cedar and dry earth up front, with black pepper a bit behind and light wood bitterness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third was really divided in two. The first half smoked like the second third, and the final third was all pepper, leather and tobacco. Really strong. Medium-full to full-full.
John: My first few puffs here are sweet earth to lead off that combines with wood in the middle of the profile, and sweet spices on the retrohale. Sweet hay comes through just a few more puffs later. Some mild bitterness is present at the end of the draw as it continues. That bitterness fades after a few puffs and is replaced with hay.
Jiunn: The final third is a continuation of the second third. Still a pretty uneventful and mundane mixture of stale cedar and dried red pepper spice. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on in one inch increments.
Seth: Good burn throughout.
John: The burn was straight through the first third, uneven as it reached the second third and straightened out on its own.
Jiunn: Perfect burn. Even, solid ashes, cool burning temperature and ample smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Very nice draw from start to finish.
John: The draw is a minor amount towards the resistant spectrum, roughly one notch, still putting it in the ideal range for a perfect draw.
Jiunn: The draw was also perfect, striking the ideal air flow.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and black pepper. Some earthiness joined a bit later. The final third saw a light wood bitterness join in. Construction was absolutely perfect. The ADVentura La Llorona Robusto had a nice start, with a simple but well balanced profile. As the earth moved up in the second third, the profile dropped down a level and maintained that level the rest of the way. I’d liked to have seen the earth be kept at bay, which I think would provide a more enjoyable flavor profile, but based on my experience, I wouldn’t really see myself coming back to this cigar all that often.
Seth: I loved the name of the cigar and the story behind the name, but really wish the bands were better. Looking at the bands first, you don’t notice the name. With that being said, the ADVentura La Llorona Robusto is quite peppery. Noticable strength and body throughout. Nice Biscoff sweetness in the second third, but the end of the cigar is all strength and pepper. Average cigar.
John: The ADVentura La Llorona Robusto had ranges of flavor from light to medium-full, but always seemed to be in balance. The first and second thirds delivered the most engaging flavors for me. The draw was perfect and the burn had some unevenness to it but never required an intervention. I would smoke a La Llorona Robusto again if presented the opportunity. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 48 minutes.
Jiunn: After smoking the first third, the ADVentura La Llorona Robusto gave me a lot of hope. But the drop in complexities and overall enjoyment from the first to second third was unfortunately too drastic. The overall feel was stale cedar and dried red pepper spice. And that just doesn’t really cut it for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.62

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.78

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.35

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.62

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Team Cigar Review: ADVentura La Llorona Robusto

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