Team Cigar Review: San Pedro de Macorís Brazil Robusto

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Cigar Details: San Pedro de Macorís Brazil Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5.12″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
  • Binder: Dominican Olor
  • Filler: Dominican Olor and Piloto Ligero and Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Factory: Royal Agio
  • Blender: Francisco Batista
  • Price: $5.50
  • Release Date: August 2018
  • Source: Royal Agio

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is light brown and has a few thin but raised veins present. The seams are smooth but easily visible due to vein placement. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band has the standard design for the brand while this line carries a black, green and yellow color combination. The aroma from the wrapper is a hay forward barnyard while the foot brings a mix of wood and sweet bread. The pre-light draw brings more sweet bread along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The San Pedro de Macorís Brazil Robusto is lovely in appearance and has a nice light maduro color wrapper. It has some soft tooth present and there are noticeable veins with that. It is firm throughout and bumpy in texture. The foot has an aroma of sweet earth, sweet spices, wood and leather while the wrapper has some earth, wood and natural tobacco qualities.

Pre-light Experience

The San Pedro de Macorís Brazil Robusto has a dark wrapper with varying dark brown shading throughout. The band is silver lettering on black background, with yellow and green highlights and logo. The wrapper has aromas of fresh, sweet cedar, with sweet raisin and tobacco in the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with what I can only described as an aged pine note along with a very subtle baking spice. At a half inch in, a slight cream joins the profile. The retrohale brings mustiness that finishes with a little bit of the aged pine. At an inch in, some mustiness has joined the profile to mix with the aged pine and cream. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some sweet spice flavors and with that is some soft pepper. There are sweet earth qualities present as well and they are paired with this leather and woody quality. I am getting soft mineral and herbal qualities, and it is medium in body and strength. It is not overpowering at all and really focused on flavors.

First Third

My initial flavor impressions are powdered cocoa with a chalky mouthfeel. On the mid palate, cedar with leather on the post draw. The retrohale brings baking spices to the flavor medley. As the first third settles in, the chalkiness falls away with cedar taking the front of the palate with sweetness following. Cocoa is now joining the retrohale, along with sweet cedar. That cedar lingers on the post draw with a prolonged taste.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the aged pine, cream and mustiness. At a quarter inch in, the pine begins to lose it’s age and a greenness becomes apparent. At an inch in, the profile is slightly green pine, cream and mustiness. The retrohale is musty general wood. The cigar maintains the same profile as the third finishes. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding the profile to be similar to that of the first. It is showing some wood and sweet spice notes, and with that is some emerging coffee flavors. The finish has a leather, soft pepper and earth flavor quality, and like before it is medium in body and strength.

Second Third

The cedar gains some tannins on the post draw moving into the second third. Baking spices finish each draw, with light white pepper lingering on the post draw. The profile settles into a spice and cedar combination which is a significant departure from the first third. Chocolate returns at the mid palate about 10 to 15 minutes into the second third. As the cigar progresses, that chocolate climbs in intensity over the baking spices. In the bottom half of the middle third, chocolate falls off to a background note. The cedar moves back to the defining flavor with spices chasing each draw.

Final Third

As the final third begins, there is just a very light green note to go along with the pine as some char has joined in. The cream is gone while the mustiness remains. At a half inch in, the char picks up a bit more. At an inch in, the cigar heats up a bit bringing some mintiness to the profile. The retrohale carries a very musty, slightly green pine. As the cigar comes to a close, the char has continued to increase and has the lead over the pine, mustiness and mintiness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

The final third is nearly identical to that of the second third and I am picking up on notes of coffee, sweet earth and spices, pepper and leather. It is not showing transitioning that I would like, or a lot of complexity, but it still a flavorful and enjoyable smoking experience. Like before, the cigar is medium in strength and body.

Final Third

Cedar takes the San Pedro de Macorís Brazil into the final third. Some mild sweetness accents that cedar. Once the cigar has settled, chocolate returns at a light plus level. At the halfway point of the final third, cocoa has moved to the front of the tasting palate.

Burn

The burn was sharp the whole way, but the cigar did go out twice requiring re-lights. The ash held on through each third.

Burn

From start to finish the cigar delivered a perfect burn line. No complaints whatsoever in that sense and with that was a solid ash that held on firmly. The coloring of the ash was this dark charcoal coloring and it was consistent from beginning to end.

Burn

The burn line is very straight for the cigar experience with ash holding in excess of 2-1/2 inches.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with aged pine, which I don’t detect very often. There was also a light baking spice that faded away quickly to be replaced by some cream and mustiness. As the cigar progressed, the pine got younger and the cream faded away. Some char joined in and built up through the final third. Construction was good other than needing a couple of re-lights and the strength built from mild-medium up to medium. I enjoyed the first third a fair amount and then in the second third, the profile became a bit more pedestrian. I would have preferred the profile from the first third to continue over what the profile progressed to. This is another good offering in the San Pedro de Macoris line, probably not my favorite, but one I’d smoke again. The price is right as well.

Draw

The draw on the smoke was solid throughout. It was a well constructed cigar that presented no problems for the smoker.

Overall

There are a couple ways to look at the San Pedro de Macorís Brazil Robusto in my opinion. If you look at it from the perspective of a cigar that is under $6.00, this cigar is fantastic. For the money spent, you are getting a great cigar. If you look at it as a cigar without taking price into account, it is a solid smoke but nothing impressive. It has an enjoyable flavor profile, but it lacks a lot of transitioning and complexity. You can really get that Brazilian tobacco flavor with the cigar, and because it is a profile I enjoy I was happy with the smoke. Construction was fantastic and if I was smoking for pure enjoyment I would be very happy. Not amazed, but happy. I think the Ecuadorian Connecticut offering is superior, but this is still a really good cigar and another successful release for Royal Agio.

Draw

The draw is 2 notches into the resistant spectrum, but doesn’t seem to impact the flavor or burn performance.

Overall

The San Pedro de Macorís Brazil Robusto has consistent flavor performance for the entire review. The construction is great, and the cigar finishes strong in the final third. Flavors of cocoa, cedar, baking spices, sweetness and white pepper throughout. Overall, the cigar reached just over medium strength and body at the highest point.

Aaron
Seth
John
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$0.93

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.02

Cost/Point

$0.78

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.87

Cost/Point

$0.80

Scoring System

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