Cigar Details: Foundry Time Flies Robusto
- Vitola: Robusto
- Length: 5″
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo
- Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez
- Blender: Michael Giannini and AJ Fernandez
- Price: $7.50
- Release Date: July 2016
- Source: General Cigar Co.
A medium brown wrapper with a couple of prominent veins visible. The seams are easily visible but smooth. There appears to be two well applied caps. The band is a large holographic skull with a few quotes on the back side of the band. The aroma from the wrapper is a very faint hay. The foot is more pungent with a mix of leather and hay. The pre-light draw is a creamy leather with a pretty decent spiciness on my lips.
The Foundry Time Flies Robusto has a construction paper like consistency Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed and seams noticeable but not ridged. Bunching and roll feels tight as there is very little give and no soft spots. The parejo head is finished off with a thick double cap. Nosing the wrapper gives strong barnyard, subtle white pepper and wet earth. Nosing the foot gives faint sweet cream, sharp cedar and dry red chilis. Cold draw tells dry cardboard, dry nuts and subtle light cream.
Initial draws bring a very full strength mix of red pepper spice and wood. After a few draws, that red pepper transforms to black pepper but is just as intense. At a quarter inch in, the pepper settles down some and the wood is more present in the profile. At half an inch, the pepper continues to mellow and the wood takes the lead. The retrohale is primarily wood but has some of that red pepper spice I got right at light up. At an inch in, some cream joins the wood and really pushes the pepper to just a slight finish. This is how the third finishes. The strength started at full, but by the middle of the third, strength was right at medium.
The first thirds flavor profile is namely one that is driven by wood and spice. Specifically, sharp cedar, tongue coating dry black pepper spice, dry earthy minerality and dry red chili pepper heat. Inch in, faint bread and slight ash enters the palate. Through the nose, intense dry red chili spice, sharp cedar and faint bread. The finish is short with residual dry red chili spice, ash and dry wood. Strength is somewhere in between medium and medium-full. Body is at a solid medium.
As this third begins, it’s a creamy woodiness and no real pepper to speak of. At half an inch in, some pepper comes back to the profile which decreases the cream while the general woodiness is still up front. The retrohale is a slightly dry wood. At an inch in, the pepper disappears and the wood becomes slightly drying. This is how the third finishes. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.
The second thirds primary difference is the decrease in spice level. The dry red chili, although still a core flavor, has decreased 50%. In addition to the tapered spice, dry wood, dry earthy minerality, medium bodied cream and black pepper. The retrohale remains unchanged, still providing intense dry red chili spice, sharp cedar and faint bread. The finish also remains unchanged, still giving residual dry red chili spice, ash bitterness and dry wood. Strength increases to a solid medium-full, while body remains medium.
As this third begins, a slight cream comes back to mix with the wood which is now more defined as oak. A quarter inch in, the cream goes away and the slightly drying oak remains. At half an inch in, some bitterness joins in with the slightly drying oak. At an inch in, the bitterness is just on the finish with the oak being the primary note. This is how the cigar finishes. The strength was at medium-full.
The last third mimics the second third. Still tapered dry red chili spice, dry wood, dry earthy minerality, medium bodied cream and black pepper. Through the nose, intensified dry red chili spice, sharp cedar and faint bread. The finish consists of residual dry red chili spice, ash bitterness and dry wood. Strength and body remains unchanged at medium-full and medium, respectively.
The burn was perfect. Razor sharp the entire way and the ash held on in inch and a quarter segments.
Burn was overall very good. Total smoking time came in at 1 hour and 30 minutes, in line with my expectations. Burn line was for the most part sharp. Ashes held on tight averaging one inch increments.
The draw was pretty deliberate, but I was still able to take full draws.
The skull band was appropriate with how the cigar started as the pepper wanted to melt my face off. That quickly subsided and the first third had a good number of transitions. Getting into the second third, things became pretty linear with wood later becoming more defined as oak. With the strength level of medium plus, it is more appropriate for those that like the higher strength level. For me, this would be a fit for a last cigar in a multiple cigar smoking day and I could see revisiting it from time to time.
The draw was perfect. Typical of the experience I get from cigars being constructed out of AJ’s factory.
This was an average cigar experience for me. The notes were consistent with dryness in earth, spice and having cream round out the profile. The cigar tasted like a classic AJ profile, especially when the Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper is used. A so called steady eddy AJ cigar.
Nick Wong - December 27, 2016
Sounds like a bit of a pepper bomb to me..
santom2 - December 27, 2016
Sounds worthy of trying
Marc Eggers - December 27, 2016
Thank you for the great reviews and the giveaway opportunity!
LJ - December 27, 2016
Sounds like a nice smoke. Never tried a Foundry, I may need to fix that.
Nick L - December 27, 2016
Ive heard mixed reviews, will be curious to try for myself
Jeff M - December 27, 2016
I really like the side-by-side review format that you use. It’s so easy to compare between reviewers.
Fulltimebrowser - December 27, 2016
Love Foundry cigars, look forward to hopefully getting this one soon.
Doug - December 28, 2016
Sounds good, Im a fan of other Foundry offerings
Jason Meyers - December 28, 2016
This sounds like one of those cigars that might be great with 6 months to a year of down time.
Garron - December 28, 2016
This sounds like it has potential, possibly not though, either way sounds decent enough at this point.
Scott Wilson - December 30, 2016
Great review, I like the dual style. It was interesting that Jiunn continued to get the spice on the retrohale, but Aaron didn’t. Hope to see you guys soon at an IPCPR.
Aaron Loomis - January 3, 2017
Congratulations to Chris Serfozo for winning the 5-pack!