Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Robusto Intenso

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Cigar Details: Davidoff Robusto Intenso

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5.12″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Dominican San Vicente Seco
  • Filler: Dominican Semilla 254 Visus, Yamasa Visus, Piloto Visus and San Vicente Mejorado Ligero
  • Factory: Davidoff
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $32.00
  • Release Date: September 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Havana Phil’s

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Davidoff Robusto Intenso is a medium marbled brown with a few decently raised veins present. The seams are smooth and barely visible, even with the color variation of the wrapper. The head is finished with a well applied set of caps. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional White Label style and the secondary strip band carrying the same color combination and denoting the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a hay forward barnyard while the foot brings a mix of wood and breadiness. The pre-light draw is pretty interesting as it has a bright, young cedar along with a chili powder like grittiness and spice. There is also a light bit of spice on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Marbled in coloring, and showing this transitioning of color from maduro at the head to dark Colorado at the foot, the Davidoff Robusto Intenso is firm in hand and finished with a lovely cap. It sports veins throughout, ranging from small to large in size, and is gives off an aroma of raisins, chocolate and sweet spices on the foot. The wrapper gives off more woody and tobacco notes.

Pre-light Experience

The Davidoff Robusto Intenso is double banded with the typical Davidoff gold on white background. On the cellophane ,you’ll find a UPC code designed with a tear tab to leave the UPC and cigar name intact once opened. The wrapper presents as a dark chocolate color. I was able to pick out aromas of baking spices, graham cracker and aged wood as early as when I was removing the cellophane. Some underlying barrel sweetness is present as I examine closer with my nose. From the foot, I was able to pick out aged cedar and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Davidoff Robusto Intenso has a Colorado Red wrapper shade with traces of espresso bean brown. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give barnyard, beef jerky, nuts and leather. Aromas from the foot give rich red pepper spice and nuts. Cold draw gives the same as the foot aromas.

First Third

The cigar begins with mushroom mustiness, aged cedar and a very faint black pepper. At a half inch in, a light creaminess joins the profile. The retrohale is a fuller expression of the mushroom mustiness and aged cedar. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper picks up a bit. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering a plethora of spices. I am picking up some white and black pepper notes up front. There are touches of hay and cedar present, and I am picking up some creamy qualities as well. There is this toasted peanut quality present as well, and it is a strong cigar. I would classify the blend as being medium-full in strength and body.

First Third

My initial flavor impressions are baking spices and cedar, with the baking spices and some mild wood finishing into the post draw. For the center of the profile, a dry wood moves in during the first few puffs. A post draw pepper, reminding me of medium strength chili pepper, sits on the center of my tongue and sides of my mouth. Dark chocolate joins the center profile approaching the 10 minute mark. Some earthiness joins the chili pepper on the palate by the 15 minute mark. By the 20 minute mark, post draw pepper intensity has fallen substantially. Shortly after, bread joins the retrohale, harmonizing well with the baking spices. By the 30 minute mark, the post draw takes on some dryness on the palate.

First Third

There’s a lot going on in the first third. Sweet and creamy with shortbread cookies. There’s also a strong red pepper spice backbone with a layered mature oak. And no doubt the classic Davidoff notes of hay. The finish lathers the tongue with minerals and baking spices. Retrohaling deepens the red pepper spice but also adds a cherry element. Strength is nearing medium-full and body right at medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the mushroom mustiness and aged cedar are even up front with the creaminess and black pepper right behind. At a half inch in, the fullness of the flavors intensify. The retrohale maintains the full mushroom mustiness and aged cedar. At three quarters of an inch in, the cedar gains a toasted note. As the third comes to a close, the mushroom mustiness and toasted cedar are up front while the black pepper is just behind. The cream has dropped from the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third begins by delivering a flavor profile that is similar to the first third. I am picking up strong black and white pepper notes with some cedar and hay. As it progresses though, I begin to get some dark chocolate and coffee notes. It is fuller in this third, and I would classify it as a solid full body and strength cigar.

Second Third

Chocolate, bread and graham cracker combine in an enjoyable way going into the second third. There is still some dryness on the post draw, and now in the middle of the profile also. By the 1 hour and 20 minute mark, the cigar has reached the peak balance point. In the bottom half, citrus sweetness adds another flavor level.

Second Third

The second third is about red pepper spice, minerals, cedar and less sweetness. The red pepper creates an oily texture, almost like numbing red peppercorns. There’s also a combination of strong minerals and cedar. It’s not as pastry sweet and creamy as the first third, but it’s still there. Strength reaches a consistent medium-full, while the body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toast level increases. The retrohale continues to maintain the full mushroom mustiness and aged cedar. At three quarters of an inch in, the toast note transitions to a light char and the mushroom mustiness becomes quite light. The cigar wraps up with the charred cedar up front, black pepper right behind and the mushroom mustiness further in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

The final third delivers a flavor profile that is quite peppery and I am getting black and white pepper notes. There are some earthy qualities present as well and it has touches of coffee and dark chocolate on the finish. In terms of strength and body, the cigar is smoking at a full level.

Final Third

Baking spices, wood and citrus take the cigar profile into the last third. Mild chocolate sneaks in as it settles. Earth settles on the post draw at light plus shortly after. That earth pushes into the center of the profile as the cigar approaches the halfway point. In the bottom half, earth is the primary flavor driver.

Final Third

The final third drops a level in enjoyment. It’s now mainly a soft numbing red pepper spice, minerals and cedar. The profile loses out on quite a bit of sweetness. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy and required two touch-ups to keep everything burning in unison. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was decent from start to finish, but there were times when it was wavy and needed correction. Not the best burn line I have had from Davidoff.

Burn

As is typical with Davidoff cigars, I had no issues with the burn. The ash held on over 1-1/2 inches at times.

Burn

Near perfect burn performance. A couple touch-ups to get the burn even were the only faults. Aside from that, tight ashes, good smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar brought some of the typical mushroom mustiness and cedar found from the brand, but they were a fuller representation than what I typically experience, and I dug it. There was also a higher level of strength as well, but the balance was great. The final third saw a bit of a drop off as the toast built up and transitioned to char with heavy strength. The price point is high, especially for this vitola, but the cigar smokes slow and you get a lengthy smoking time. I would definitely come back to the Davidoff Robusto Intenso on occasion. If you like the typical Davidoff profile and aren’t opposed to some strength, you’ll probably find something you like here.

Draw

Draw was slightly loose from start to finish.

Overall

The Davidoff Robusto Intenso is a strong cigar and I think is now the strongest cigar from Davidoff that I have smoked. Lots of black and white pepper notes that were paired with rich earth and dark chocolate. The coffee notes definitely add to the flavor profile, and in some ways this is the least Davidoff Davidoff I have smoked. The draw was a little loose for my liking, and the burn was far from perfect, and that was not in line with the typical Davidoff. A full body and strength cigar, I do not see this as being appealing to the older Davidoff smokers, but something that is attractive to individuals looking for fuller releases that have a darker flavor profile.

Draw

The draw was uncharacteristically resistant, roughly 3 to 3-1/2 notches putting it into the average category.

Overall

The Davidoff Robusto Intenso delivers another balanced and complex offering in a portfolio that already has a number of winners. The last third seemed to gas out, but the first two thirds kept my palate satisfied and engaged. Burn was excellent, with a medium amount of resistance on the draw. Setting the price point aside, I would happily smoke more Robusto Intensos if I had the opportunity. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 13 minutes.

Draw

Near perfect draw as well. A bit snug but not a major issue by any means.

Overall

For a (almost) standard sized robusto, I went on quite a journey with the Davidoff Robusto Intenso. The cigar started with being spectacularly delicious and complex, to ultimately ending in a mediocre manner. The first third was the money third, showing pastry texture and sweetness of shortbread cookies, a numbing red pepper spice, minerals, baking spices and mature oak. But as the cigar heated through, it eventually lost steam and finished with soft numbing red pepper spice, minerals and cedar. For a commanding $32, I expect consistency, in which the cigar did not deliver. Then again, it’s been a long time since I had a third this good in a new release cigar. But it’s not $32 good.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.47

Cost/Point

$4.95

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$5.71

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.37

Cost/Point

$5.03

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.92

Cost/Point

$4.63

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