Team Cigar Review: Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto

No comments

Cigar Details: Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Brazilian Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso and Tim Wong
  • Price: $7.99
  • Release Date: November 2018
  • Source: Pier 28

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto is medium brown with some slightly raised veins and a single water spot present. The seams are smooth and only really visible due to vein placement. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band carries the traditional brand design but in an orange, black and silver color combination to designate the line. The aroma from the wrapper is dark stone fruit and leather while the foot brings stone fruit, wood and light white pepper. The pre-light draw brings creamy leather with a very mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto has a nice darker brown wrapper. The wrapper has great oil content as well as fine traces of tooth. Bunch and roll is even, major veins well pressed, seams tight and a thick wrapped head. Aromas from the wrapper give pungent cedar and leather. Aromas from the foot tell a hint of white pepper and mixed nuts. Cold draw gives hay, nuts and airy cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with a potent mix of dark earth, wood and black pepper. At a half inch in, the profile has mellowed slightly as the earth and wood are up front with the pepper slightly behind. At an inch in, some cream has joined which really mellows the profile as the wood is up front and the earth, cream and black pepper are supporting notes. The retrohale is toasted wood and cream along with a bit of earthiness. As the third comes to a close, the earthiness has picked up to become even with the wood while the cream is right behind and the black pepper is in the background. The strength in this third started medium-full but settled in at slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third gives a plethora of toasty and roasted notes. Burnt toast and slightly charred roasted nuts are the main two components. Retrohaling delivers a fierce dose of black pepper spice but also leads to a bright cherry note. The finish consists of charred wood and nuts being quite long on the palate. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood is back in the lead as the earthiness, cream and pepper are all faint in the background. At a half inch in, some mustiness joins the profile and is equal with the wood as the cream, earth and pepper have all dropped out. At an inch in, the wood gains a toasted note. The retrohale provides the same mix of toasted wood and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, a light creaminess joins the mix. The strength in this third remains at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third continues with the burnt toast, slightly charred roasted nuts and black pepper formula. But this time, a noticeable amount of minerals comes through as well as a slick oily aspect to the cigar. The retrohale becomes a tad less potent on the black pepper spice and that helps to level up on the bright cherry note. Strength and body remains medium-full and medium, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted wood is up front while the mustiness and cream are right behind. At a half inch in, the mustiness increases to become even with the toasted wood while the cream remains in the background. At an inch in, the wood transitions from a toasted note to char as the mustiness and light creaminess remain. The strength in this third bumps up to medium-full.

Final Third

The last third turns the entire profile and adds a bit too much char. The toast, roasted nuts and minerals all have an underlying char. Strength and body finishes medium-full and medium, respectively.

Burn

The burn was perfect throughout and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn turned out to have its fair share of issues with three fairly major touch-ups to the entire cigar. I don’t believe this had a big hit to the flavor profile as a simple purge remedied it.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar started off pretty aggressive with dark earth, wood and black pepper. It eased up fairly quickly as some cream joined in and mellowed out the profile. Later, some mustiness joined in and was paired up with the wood that gained a toasted note and then later transitioned to some char. The strength was above medium the whole way and construction was perfect. With this being the third offering from the brand that we’ve reviewed, it’s probably my least favorite with the Habano being number 1 and the Maduro after that. I think this is the strongest offering, for those that like a fair amount of strength, this might be right in their wheelhouse. I’d have no problem smoking this again, but it wouldn’t be my first choice from Pier 28.

Aaron
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Average
AmazingBurnAverage
AmazingDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect.

Overall

I almost feel like the Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto is a combination of Pier 28’s Habano line and Maduro line. The Habano (great cigar by the way) was very nutty and bready while the Maduro was a powerhouse of a cigar showing quite a bit of pepper and strength. The Oscuro felt like a combination of both, showing the softer notes of toast, roasted nuts but also showing bolder characters of black pepper spice (especially on the retrohale) and minerals. The burn performance could have been better as having three major touch-ups is not ideal. All in all, if you are a fan of especially the Maduro line, this should be right up your alley.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.31

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$1.23

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto
Jiunn LiuTeam Cigar Review: Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.