Team Cigar Review: San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto

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Cigar Details: San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5.12″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Dominican Olor
  • Filler: Dominican Olor and Piloto Ligero, Nicaraguan Viso and Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Factory: Royal Agio
  • Blender: Francisco Batista
  • Price: $5.50
  • Release Date: April 2019
  • Source: Royal Agio

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper of the San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto is just on the lighter side of medium brown and carries some very prominent veins that are raised and the veins feeding off of them are easily visible. The seams are also easy to see as they are slightly raised. The head is finished of with a decently applied double cap. The band is the traditional design for the brand and this line carries the color combination of black, red, blue and yellow with some silver text. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood, barnyard and a light ammonia note. The foot brings wood and graham cracker. The pre-light draw consists of a mix of hay and graham cracker with a faint spiciness present on my lips and tongue.

Pre-light Experience

The San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto comes with a nice dark Colorado wrapper and it has nice marbled coloring which has this chocolate vibe in some ways. The foot has an aroma of red pepper, sweet spices, plums, raisins and chocolate, while the wrapper is giving off some earth, manure, leather and wood notes. Cold draw is fantastic and the cigar is firm throughout.

Pre-light Experience

The San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto follows the consistent branding of the others in the line, with a similar band design and its own color scheme. The color scheme is silver lettering on a black background, with red and blue accents. Some lumpiness is present in places across the cigar. Nosing the wrapper, I pick up sweet tobacco and hay, along with some faint barn wood. In the foot, there is sweet tobacco and raisin combining.

First Third

The cigar begins with some dry wood and a light creaminess. At three quarters of an inch in, nuttiness and a mild black pepper join the profile. The retrohale brings a combination of dry wood and dry earth along with a mild baking spice. At an inch in, a slight bitterness has joined the profile. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third begins by showing some baking spice notes and it has some cinnamon, anise and pepper qualities. There is some dry earth present as well and I am getting some cocoa powder and leather flavors on the finish. I would classify the cigar as being between medium and medium-full, and that goes for strength, body and flavors.

First Third

The first third opens with sweet cedar and a slightly chalky powdered cocoa to finish each draw. As the cigar progresses, the cigar settles into sweet cedar starting each draw with fresh cedar filling in the middle of the flavor profile. That cedar begins to define the post draw with a fair amount of palate coating aspect between each draw. In the bottom half of the first third, some tannins join the post draw cedar and begin to build in intensity. There is some detectable mild cocoa in the middle of the profile but it’s so subtle that it’s run over by the cedar.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the dry wood gains a toasted note and is up front and leaves a quick hint of bitterness and then there is a long finish of dull black pepper. The cream has left the profile. The retrohale has toasted wood, dry earth and a faint baking spice. As the third comes to a close, some mustiness joins the toasted wood and dry earth. The bitterness has departed while the dull black pepper finish remains. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third of the cigar, I am picking up some leather, herbal, wood and spice notes, and there is some cocoa powder present as well. The pepper notes have faded some and it is not as complex and pronounced as the first third, but still a solid third. Like the first third, the body, strength and flavors are somewhere between medium and medium-full.

Second Third

The tannins from the first third migrate to the front of the flavor profile here. There is some mid profile hay that I would associate more with a Connecticut Shade blend. As the second third settles in, some sweetness comes through at the end of the draw with a short finish. Moments later, mild cocoa joins the retrohale. In the bottom half of the second third, the tannins intensify to medium or medium plus with some bitter earth at the end of the draw. That bitter earth lingers for a medium length of time.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the profile is becoming a bit sharp with the dry toasted wood and dry earth. The slight bitterness has returned to go along with the mustiness and black pepper finish. At three quarters of an inch in, the cigar has warmed up and brings an intense char to the profile along with some mintiness. The retrohale is now very musty with some toasted wood behind it. The cigar wraps up with the intense char up front and musty wood following with the toasted wood a bit hard to detect in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third is fairly similar to that of the second third in that there are no pepper spice notes present. With that being said, I am getting some dry wood, rich earth, sweet baking spices, herbs and mineral qualities delivered which are enjoyable. The cigar is still smoking at a level between medium and medium-full for strength, body and flavors, and it has been consistent on that end from the start.

Final Third

The bitter earth at the end of the second third defines the final third. My palate is almost completely overwhelmed by either earth or bitter earth through the remainder of the smoking experience.

Burn

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

Burn

The burn was very good on the cigar from start to finish. Not always perfect, but never presenting a problem or requiring anything close to touch-ups.

Burn

The San Pedro Sun Grown, as with the others in the line, have impeccable burn performance. There is a slight uneven burn profile in the first third that self corrects, and a straight burn for the remainder of the cigar.

Draw

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

Overall

The flavor profile for this cigar was a bit average and too raw for what I’ve come to expect from this line. The sharpness of flavors in the final third was a bit of a let down as well. Not sure if more time will help to smooth things out, but I’d be willing to revisit it to see. Definitely my least favorite of the foursome, but for those that like a profile that’s a bit more in your face, it could be something they really enjoy. For now, I’ll take a wait and see approach on the San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto.

Draw

The draw was solid on the cigar. A little loose for my liking, but to many I am sure it would be perfect.

Overall

The San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto is an enjoyable offering and a solid blend. I like how the wrapper works on the cigar and the flavors delivered throughout are enjoyable. I do think it is a cigar that starts out strong and has a weaker finish, but the finish is still fairly good when you look at the big picture. I would say it is the weakest of the four offerings but it is far from being a weak cigar. With the price tag of this cigar and all of the San Pedro offerings, these are box purchase smokes. If you don’t finish one, you’re going to be just fine. Surgeon said it best, that you could smoke two thirds and get your money’s worth and have a great experience. They have done a great job of using different wrappers on these brands, and while I like the blend, I would have loved to see a sun grown Ecuadorian Sumatra offering rather than Habano. Not that it matters, but I like the color scheme on the bands as well with this cigar.

Draw

The draw is about 1 notch towards the resistant spectrum but still in the range for an ideal draw.

Overall

The San Pedro de Macorís Sun Grown Robusto was an average smoking experience that I didn’t enjoy to the same degree as the others in this line. I was anticipating more sweetness from the Sun Grown wrapper, but the flavor profile took on almost a Connecticut Shade experience through the second third, with the last third being bitter and unpleasant. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 24 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
GoodPre
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AverageFirst
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Very GoodFirst
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AverageSecond ThirdGoodSecond ThirdAverage
SubparFinal
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AverageOverallGoodOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.04

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.12

Cost/Point

$0.77

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$1.02

Scoring System

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  • Nathan Wilkerson - September 9, 2019 reply

    Great reviews, and thanks for holding this contest!

  • Chase Abernathy - September 9, 2019 reply

    Sounds interesting to me.

  • Andy Lancaster - September 9, 2019 reply

    Great review and thanks for the contest!

  • Aaron Weaver - September 13, 2019 reply

    It’s almost like I’m smoking it now!! Keep up the great content!

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