Team Cigar Review: Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

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Cigar Details: Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli Seco and Jalapa Viso, Honduran Jamastran Seco and Dominican Piloto Cubano
  • Factory: Fábrica Centroamericana de Tabaco
  • Blender: Vlada Stojanov
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: April 2024
  • Source: Somm

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Somm BDX Blanc Robusto is a marbled light brown with some lightly raised veins. The seams are pretty smooth while the caps are decently applied. The band is purple and gold and has the brand name on front. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet hay and light earth, while the foot brings stone fruit sweetness and light cedar. The pre-light draw is a very light mix of cedar and floral notes.
Seth: The wrapper on the Somm BDX Blanc Robusto is Natural to light Colorado in color. Silky in texture. Small veins throughout. Aromas of earth, wood, tobacco and warm spices.
John: The Somm BDX Blanc Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information and a perforated tear tab so it remains intact when opened. The cigar has a single band in gold on wine red indicating Sommelier’s Selection SOMM. I weighed the cigar at 14.5 grams and the humidity was 60.9% as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro. Aromas from the wrapper were sweet tobacco, wood and faint barnyard. From the foot, I as getting hay, tobacco and wood.

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, hay and light amounts of black pepper and construction paper. At a half inch in, a light leather component joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, construction paper and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, some light earth joins the profile as the hay and construction paper depart. At an inch and a half in, a light mustiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, just ahead of the earth with the black pepper, leather and mustiness in the background. The strength was mild-medium.
Seth: The first third begins with this sharp hay quality that is paired with some mineral spices. Floral and herbal notes are present as well. Dry earth on the finish. Medium in strength and body. Dryer side of the spectrum.
John: Sweet wood gets the first third started with mild hay and wood through the finish and into the post draw. That profile remains consistent with nothing to remark on until the halfway point. At the halfway point, sweet tobacco joins the wood at the start of the draw.

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and leather. At an inch in, a light wood bitterness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front with the black pepper, leather, mustiness and wood bitterness in the background. The strength remained at mild-medium.
Seth: The second third is really a continuation of the first. Never thought that sharp hay notes would bother me so much, but here we are. Mineral spices with floral and herbal qualities as well. Dry earth on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Sweet tobacco leads off here as a continuation of the first third, with mild, dry wood along with bread and wood to finish. Creamy sweet hay is present as it continues with hay and dry wood defining the post draw. Graham cracker moves into the center of the retrohale near the end of the second third.

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper and wood bitterness increases a bit. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, earth and leather. At an inch in, the black pepper has departed. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with wood bitterness in the middle and some leather and mustiness in the background. The strength remained at mild-medium.
Seth: The final third delivers this sharp mineral and hay flavor profile that is rough. There are some earth qualities there as well, but they are on the dryer side of things. I feel like Max on Fury Road. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood gets the last third going with hay to finish and some delayed wood on the post draw. Dry wood is the primary flavor driver as the final third continues.

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout, but the cigar did go out without warning at the start of the final third, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Good burn throughout.
John: The burn was razor sharp, with the ash holding on just over one inch increments. That burn consistency continued for the remainder of the review.

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Solid draw from beginning to end.
John: The draw was quite a ways into the resistant spectrum, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches making it snug on the draw.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, hay and light amounts of black pepper and construction paper. Some leather joined in fairly quickly, the hay and construction paper departed a bit later and some mustiness joined in after that. The second third saw a light wood bitterness join in. The final third saw the black pepper depart. The Somm BDX Blanc Robusto had a nice start with a fair bit of transitions from components joining the profile. It took a step down in the second third as the earth evened up with the cedar and some wood bitterness joined in. It maintained an average level the rest of the way. I’m always interested in low strength offerings that attempt to deliver a flavor focused profile. This was able to accomplish that through the first third, but couldn’t maintain a good balance after that. Not really a cigar I’d see myself coming back to.
Seth: What is it they say? Critics are poor creators? I have yet to be impressed with a blend from Somm. To be honest, the brand has become synonymous with the Battle of the Somme for me. It’s going to take something magical for me to show some positivity Somm’s way as the Somm BDX Blanc Robusto just wasn’t it.
John: The Somm BDX Blanc Robusto had pleasant elements throughout, but during my review I didn’t find the flavor components that were present either elevated the experience or combined in a way that was particularly engaging. The burn was perfect while the draw was well into the resistant spectrum. While the price point is reasonable for where the market is in 2024, this isn’t a cigar I could see myself returning to. There just wasn’t enough going on in the flavor department to elevate it above some of the other offerings SOMM has in their lineup. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 41 minutes.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.00

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.53

Cost/Point

$2.65

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$2.26

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Somm BDX Blanc Robusto

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  • Jason Altman - July 6, 2024 reply

    My question is why would you smoke something at a 60% humidity level?

    Aaron Loomis - July 6, 2024 reply

    60% is a perfectly acceptable internal humidity level. What humidity range do you smoke at?

    Jay Jay - July 11, 2024 reply

    70-72. I have had no issues with these cigars

    Aaron Loomis - July 11, 2024 reply

    We all typically smoke stuff in the mid to low 60’s.

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