Team Cigar Review: Eiroa Jamastran Robusto

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Cigar Details: Eiroa Jamastran Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduras
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Factory: El Aladino
  • Blender: Christian Eiroa
  • Price: $30.00
  • Release Date: July 2018
  • Source: C.L.E.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The first look at the Eiroa Jamastran Robusto shows off double bands that carry a black and silver color combination with the primary denoting the company and the secondary denoting the line. The secondary band is shaped to accent the primary with a slight gap between them. Just under the secondary band is a tissue sleeve that ties off at the foot and carries the line name in large letters and a multitude of small graphics of the company name. After removing the tissue wrap, a slightly lighter than medium brown wrapper appears with a couple of thin, slightly raised veins present. The seams are smooth and only visible due to some color variation of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The aroma from the wrapper is quite faint and just gives a general wood note. The foot brings some cedar and tobacco sweetness. The foot shows a distinct difference in color between the various tobaccos in the filler. The pre-light draw is wood along with a rose like floral note and faint black pepper.

Pre-light Experience

The Eiroa Jamastran Robusto is simple in appearance and has a slightly rough textured wrapper that has a coloring between light natural and natural. There are some medium sized veins present throughout and there is an aroma of wood, leather, tobacco and strong spices.

Pre-light Experience

The Eiroa Jamastran Robusto has a well designed double banded look with a classic silver on black with silver accenting appearance. The cigar also has a tissue that wraps just over half the cigar indicating Jamastran with a UPC code. Nosing the wrapper, I was able to pick up aromas of spicy cedar. In the foot, there is cinnamon and cedar.

Pre-light Experience

The Eiroa Jamastran Robusto has a dull Colorado Claro wrapper shade. To the touch, it feels very similar to fine grit sandpaper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight but visible, bunch and roll is even and head is well rounded off. Aromas from the wrapper give a rich, spicy cedar. Aromas from the foot tell the same rich, spicy cedar and addition of hay. Cold draw gives cedar, hay and de-hydrated vegetation.

First Third

The cigar begins with charred wood that carries a slight bitterness. At a quarter inch in, the char has lightened and the bitterness has left as a light mustiness has joined in. At a half inch in, the char is gone as the wood, now more defined as oak, takes on a lightly toasted note. The retrohale brings toasted oak and some black pepper that brings a slight zing to my nostrils. At an inch and a quarter, a light black pepper joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness has a slight lead over the toasted oak with the light black pepper in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some herbal spice notes and I am getting some pepper, dry earth and wood notes as well. There is a slight creaminess present on the finish and with that some nutty qualities. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full, and that goes for strength, body and flavors.

First Third

Cinnamon, cedar and other baking spices open up the first third. Spices and cedar are also present on the retrohale at similar strengths. A nice coffee begins to develop in the middle of the retrohale almost immediately. There is also an underlying sweetness to the flavor profile that serves as an accent. Cedar with some dry spices take up in the middle of the flavor profile as the cigar settles in. Some time later, mild citrus joins the retrohale, as the spices linger on the palate between draws. By the halfway point, cocoa has joined the middle profile.

First Third

From the onset, the profile is medium body and strength with flavors of dominant toasted charred wood, cedar and leather to follow. Underneath those flavors, subtle traces of dried nuts. Retrohaling has deep and rich black/red pepper spice pulling through. The finish is medium length with notes of cedar and faint charred wood.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the toasted oak and mustiness are even and the black pepper is now very faint. At a half inch in, a light char rejoins the profile. The retrohale is now just musty oak. At an inch in, the char and black pepper have both left with just the toasted oak and mustiness now present. As the third comes to a close, the profile is still just toasted oak and mustiness. The strength remains at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some coffee notes and with that is some dry earth, pepper and cream. Like before, there is a nice bit of spice and the finish has some nutty qualities. The cigar is remaining at that medium-full level for strength, body and flavors, and that is in line with the first third.

Second Third

Sweet citrus and cocoa, along with coffee accents define the retrohale moving into the second third. Cedar with spices round out the post draw. Cocoa returns, this time on the post draw as the cigar settles in. Powdered cocoa steps up to medium minus, becoming the primary flavor by the halfway point. In the bottom half, cocoa intensity falls off with baking spices moving to the front of the retrohale.

Second Third

The heavy toasted charred wood note dissipates but the flavors seem to be a bit thin. What remains is thin flavors of cedar, leather and dried nuts. Luckily, when I retrohale, the flavor intensifies to the right amount, providing some assertive black/red pepper spice and more noticeable dried nuttiness. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, a faint char returns to the profile. At a half inch in, the char has picked up a bit. At an inch in, some wood bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale remains just musty oak. The cigar wraps up with charred oak and mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third shows a lot of the same notes from the first and second third and I am getting those wood, cream, coffee, spice, pepper and nutty notes. It has a nice finish and it has been consistent from beginning to end. Cigar remained at that medium-full level across the board.

Final Third

In the last third, cedar finishes each draw. Cocoa back in the center of the retrohale, offsetting that cedar finish. Citrus joins the retrohale as the cigar settles in. Some time later, citrus joins the middle of the profile.

Final Third

The final third is an extension of the second third. Still medium body and strength with thin flavors of cedar, leather and dried nuts. And the best part of it still being the retrohale.

Burn

The burn was just slightly wavy but never needed any attention. The ash held on through each third.

Burn

The burn was very good from beginning to end. No problems, with a firm ash produced that held on well.

Burn

The burn was fairly straight for the entire smoking experience, with the ash holding on well, just over 1 inch increments.

Burn

The burn performance had some faults. The burn was uneven the entire time, requiring multiple touch-ups. I don’t think the bunching was done correctly as there was a cluster of tobacco that always failed to burn in conjunction with the other leaves, constantly leaving a cherry. Positives for ample smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with charred oak and bitterness and the char and bitterness faded out as the third went along. Some mustiness joined in as the wood became more defined as oak and gained a toasted note. The char popped in and out through the remainder of the cigar as the profile was primarily toasted oak and mustiness. Construction was quite good and strength was right around medium the whole way. The flavor profile of the Eiroa Jamastran Robusto was fairly simple and average and there weren’t many transitions or complexities after the first third. A fairly standard cigar that doesn’t really differentiate itself from a lot of what else is out there. The price point is also quite high for the experience, so it likely isn’t a cigar that has much pull to make me want to return to it.

Draw

Draw was absolutely perfect.

Overall

Overall, the Eiroa Jamastran Robusto was a solid cigar that had a nice core flavor profile. I thought the blend was really balanced. I think it could have used a little bit more complexity, but that could have been scarified if there was a little bit of transitioning. Either one, transitioning or complexity would have taken this blend to a higher level. I think it is a solid blend, but the price hurts the cigar. For the price, I think most smokers would like a lot more from the blend. Price aside, a solid Honduran and a good release from Eiroa.

Draw

The draw is up to 1 notch towards the open spectrum, but still in the range for an ideal draw.

Overall

I enjoyed the smoking experience of the Eiroa Jamastran Robusto. It had a wide variety of flavors, ranging from cinnamon, to coffee, spices, cedar, citrus and cocoa. While the profile at times reached medium strength, the flavors exhibited a wide range of intensity from subtle to medium. Construction was excellent, and I would happily seek out another Eiroa Jamastran in the future. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect.

Overall

This was not Eiroa’s famous Honduran Jamastran at it’s best. Far from it as a matter of fact. The profile of the Eiroa Jamastran Robusto started out with disappointing dominant toasted charred wood and tapered to thin flavors of cedar, leather and dried nuts. I wasn’t able to pick up much (if any) of the sweetness that I come to expect. This, coupled by a lackluster burn performance, ultimately created an average experience for me.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.65

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.65

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John McTavish

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$2.09

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$2.75

Scoring System

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