Team Cigar Review: Somm Rioja Robusto

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Cigar Details: Somm Rioja Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
  • Binder: Sumatra
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera
  • Blender: Vlada Stojanov
  • Price: $13.50
  • Release Date: January 2024
  • Source: Somm

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Somm Rioja Robusto is light brown with a hint of green to it and has a couple of lightly raised veins and a network of fine veins. The seams are smooth while the caps are decently applied. The band is navy blue, silver and gold and denotes the brand name, but does not reference the line. The aroma from the wrapper is moldy fruit and wood while the foot brings cedar, stone fruit sweetness and breadiness. The pre-light draw is an airy mix of cedar and stone fruit sweetness.
Seth: This Somm Rioja Robusto was an average looking cigar. I think I have reached the point in my smoking career where the wrapper is either going to be amazing, average or bad. This was an average wrapper. Nice natural coloring with some medium sized veins throughout. Aromas of wood, earth, sweet spices and tobacco.
John: The Somm Rioja Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker indicating the cigar information and incorporating a tear tab to remain intact when the cellophane is opened. I weighed the cigar at 16.4 grams and the humidity was measured with the HumidiMeter Pro to 61.6%. The cigar has a single primary band in white letters on a blue background with silver accents. Aromas from the cigar include sweet wood, mild moss and faint bread. Out of the foot, I’m getting sweet wood and a mild yeasty bread.
Jiunn: The Somm Rioja Robusto has a natural Colorado in natural sunlight. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas consist of hay, nuts and subtle dried red pepper spice.

Somm Rioja Robusto

Somm Rioja Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted oak, cinnamon forward baking spice and earth. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. The retrohale is toasted oak and zingy black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is up front, black pepper in the middle and light earth in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a nice tobacco and dry earth profile. There are some wood and sweet spice notes along with some hay qualities on the finish. Balanced blend throughout. Medium in strength and body.
John: The initial flavors I can detect are sweet tobacco and a mildly tannic wood. Through the retrohale, a sweet, dry wood is establishing itself. Some mild bread moves into the center of the retrohale after just a few minutes. Sweetness takes on some mildly tannic wood to define the profile as it continues. By the halfway point, a mild chocolate comes through at the end of the draw.
Jiunn: The first third has a fairly deeper set of flavors. Stale red pepper spice, hay, loads of creaminess coming off roasted nuts and construction paper. Retrohaling gives deeper red pepper spice as well as stale cedar. The finish is medium length with lingering stale cedar and hay. Strength and body is medium.

Somm Rioja Robusto

Somm Rioja Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale is now toasted oak and mild black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper lightens up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted oak up front, black pepper in the middle and light earth in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is right in line with the first. Balanced cigar that smokes around medium in strength and body, but lacking depth and complexity. Transitioning too with the lacking flavors. Cedar, tobacco, earth, spices and some hay.
John: My second third experience gets going with bread, baking spices and wood all teaming up at light plus strength. A mildly dry wood defines the post draw as the second third settles in. Medium strength tannins are prominent on the finish as the second third continues, and linger for most of the time between each puff.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile shifts to one where there’s more focus on construction paper and overall staleness. The flavors in general don’t pop all that much anymore. Strength and body continues to be medium.

Somm Rioja Robusto

Somm Rioja Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level picks up a bit and the earth picks up a bit as well. The retrohale is now toasted oak with light amounts of black pepper and earth. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is toasted oak up front, with black pepper and earth a bit behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the second. Balanced flavor profile, but lacking. Earth with some tobacco, wood and hay. Some spices on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: The last third begins with creamy wood, baking spices and sweet tobacco to finish. As the final third settles in, some bread returns to the center of the profile. The flavors remain stable until the halfway point when some medium minus strength earth comes into the finish and post draw.
Jiunn: The final third is similar to the second third in the sense that it’s still overall the same construction paper and staleness. The red pepper spice does increase a bit, but it doesn’t do much in terms of flavor enjoyment. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Somm Rioja Robusto

Somm Rioja Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was a bit wavy through the first two thirds, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Average throughout. Sometimes decent, sometimes off.
John: The burn had some waviness through the first and second thirds, and was relatively straight through the last third. No interventions were required.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Somm Rioja Robusto

Somm Rioja Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Solid draw.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted oak, cinnamon forward baking spice and earth. The baking spice transitioned to black pepper fairly quickly. The profile remained pretty much the same until the final third when the earth increased a bit. The Somm Rioja Robusto had an average flavor profile throughout that was fairly linear. Nothing present that was all that exciting and I wouldn’t really see myself coming back to this cigar.
Seth: The Somm Rioja Robusto was an average cigar that even with the price is going to have a hard time catching the attention of cigar smokers. It’s another one of these blends out of Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera that just doesn’t pop for me. Eladio did great work at Davidoff, but I am not seeing the same results with a lot of these blends coming out of his factory.
John: The Somm Rioja Robusto review experience managed to deliver balanced flavor combinations that were restrained for most of the smoking time, reaching medium strength at times. The burn was wavy at times but otherwise perfect, and the draw had some resistance to it. The cigar was pleasant enough and the price point was reasonable, but the flavor combinations didn’t quite have enough dynamic qualities for this to be something I’d want to return to. Total smoking time was a good value at 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Jiunn: The first third had a good showing of fuller flavors in pepper, hay, cream, nuts and construction paper. However, as the second progressed, staleness overtook the profile and the flavors became less distinct. With all that said, this Somm Rioja Robusto is a pass for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.39

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$2.62

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$2.48

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.21

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