Team Cigar Review: Artista Midnight Robusto

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Cigar Details: Artista Midnight Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and United States
  • Factory: Tabacalera Artista
  • Blender: Ram Rodriguez
  • Price: $10.20
  • Release Date: June 2023
  • 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 rectangle pressed Artista Midnight Robusto is medium brown with some darker marbling. The veins are well pressed, the seams smooth and the caps well applied. The band is cream, gold and navy blue and carries the company logo on front and name on the back. No mention of the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of dark earth and bakers chocolate, while the foot brings some bread and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings airy cedar and light earth along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Artista Midnight Robusto has a powerful aroma and it gives off aromas of rich earth, tobacco, manure, cherries and damp wood. The cigar has a Colorado Maduro to Maduro colored wrapper, and there are small to medium sized veins present throughout. The cigar is oily in texture, little coarse as well.
John: The Artista Midnight Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker that tears in half when opened. The cigar is single banded and has the artisanal complication of being box pressed. I weighed the cigar at 14.5 grams and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 60.6%. Aromas from the wrapper included well fermented, sweet tobacco, and a raisin intermingled with the tobacco. From the foot, there was similar aromas.
Jiunn: The Artista Midnight Robusto has a near Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Thick and hearty wrapper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper give a mixture of barnyard funk and rich cedar. Cold draw reveals toasted nuts, red pepper and hay.

Artista Midnight Robusto

Artista Midnight Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted oak and baking spice. At a quarter inch in, some earth joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. The retrohale is toasted oak and earth with a very mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, a light meatiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is just ahead of the earth, with meatiness and black pepper a fair bit behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some rich earth, strong tobacco, damp wood, pepper spice and faint cherry notes. Medium to medium-full in strength and body. Long finish.
John: The first few puffs were hay, wood, tobacco with medium-full pepper and earthy wood on the finish. Once the cigar settled in, there was a profile of creamy spices and the earthy wood finish. That profile remained consistent for the first third.
Jiunn: The first third provides medium-full strength and medium body profile with flavors centered around sweet oak, medium oak tannins with added sharpness and creaminess coming off roasted nuts. The retrohale is nice as I get none of the sharpness of wood tannins. The finish is full of scorched earth.

Artista Midnight Robusto

Artista Midnight Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: The second third begins with a light mustiness becoming present. The retrohale is now an even mix of the toasted oak, earth and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is slightly ahead of the earth and mustiness with light black pepper and meatiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third continues with those rich earth, strong tobacco, damp wood and pepper spice notes. No cherry qualities. Medium to medium-full in strength and body. Still has a long finish.
John: My second third experience kicked off with spices and sweet tobacco. The post draw was spices and wood combined at medium strength. Once the cigar settled in, an astringency was present on the finish as it continued, with earth building through the post draw.
Jiunn: Getting into the second third, there’s spike in the sharp and bitterness of the oak tannins, which creates a longer finish but not in a pleasant manner. With this change, the creaminess and sweetness of the cigar diminishes. Strength and body is still medium-full and medium, respectively.

Artista Midnight Robusto

Artista Midnight Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases a fair amount. The retrohale remains an even mix of the toasted oak, earth and mustiness. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted oak is ahead of the earth and mustiness with light black pepper and meatiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third was really in line with the second.
John: Creamy tobacco leads the cigar into the last third with a spice, wood and earth trio into the post draw. As the last third continues, bitterness is present on the post draw. By the halfway point, the bitterness has largely faded and the flavor profile is stable.
Jiunn: The final third shows no changes from the second third. The sharp and bitterness of the oak tannins continues to dominate, allowing for the other flavors to take a backseat. Strength and body finishes the same medium-full and medium, respectively.

Artista Midnight Robusto

Artista Midnight Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was fairly wavy throughout, but never needed any touch-ups, but the cigar did go out once, requiring a re-light.
Seth: Burn was a little off. Oily wrapper I believe.
John: The burn started out uneven, eventually requiring a touch-up. I found the burn uneven in the second third, but an intervention was never required. The burn was uneven in the last third and required another touch-up to correct.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Artista Midnight Robusto

Artista Midnight Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Solid draw throughout.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted oak and baking spice. Some earth joined in fairly quickly. The baking spice later transitioned to black pepper and a meatiness joined in a bit later. The second third saw some mustiness join in and the final third saw the toast level increase a fair amount. The Artista Midnight Robusto had an average flavor profile throughout. There were a fair amount of transitions in the first third and then it became fairly linear from the second third on. Not a cigar that is all that exciting and not something I’d see myself coming back to with any real frequency.
Seth: I got a draw! This Artista Midnight Robusto made me think of a blend from like 20 years ago. They would classify the cigar as complex and full at the time, but I don’t think today’s market would. With that, I don’t see this being a cigar of choice with the modern smoker. It’s either too light, or the flavor profile doesn’t work with the body and strength delivered. Old blend in a new world.
John: The Artista Midnight Robusto had a first third that stood out. As the cigar progressed, I found the profile to be pleasant but not as engaging or interesting as the first third. The draw had some resistance to it and the burn required two touch-ups to correct. Price point aside, I’m not sure there was enough here for me to want to return to it. Artista has a number of offerings I would pick over the Midnight. I am curious whether it would perform differently in a Toro size. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 7 minutes.
Jiunn: Chalk this up to one of the many average tasting cigars out in the market. The biggest issue with this Artista Midnight Robusto is the sharp and bitter nature of the oak tannins. Whenever this is pervasive in a cigar, it’s difficult for me to find redeeming qualities to the smoking experience. I’ll have to look forward to the next one.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.84

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$1.98

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$1.82

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.77

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