Team Cigar Review: Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto

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Cigar Details: Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Indonesia and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Aromas de Jalapa
  • Blender: Noel Rojas
  • Price: $10.50
  • Release Date: May 2019
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto is a uniform dark brown with some very fine tooth to it. There are a few slightly raised veins and a network of fine veins that are smooth. The wrapper is quite pretty to look at. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised and the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The foot is partially covered with some folded over wrapper. The band is red and white and has black artwork of a crow on top of a crown. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood and slightly damp earth while the foot brings wood and tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw is teetering on light wood, and as odd as this may sound, paper bag.

Pre-light Experience

Slightly oily to touch, the Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto is a lovely maduro that has few veins present throughout though medium in size. The cigar is firm in hand and finished with a lovely cap. The foot is closed and I am picking up an aroma of rich earth, manure, tobacco, cocoa and some soft spices.

Pre-light Experience

The Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto has a dark, smooth wrapper with a closed foot. The band is quite simple with black on a white background with red sides and accenting. The aromas from the cigar are sweet orange and light earth. From the closed foot, I was still able to pick up faint sweet raisin.

Pre-light Experience

The Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto has a thick and hearty maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight but visible, even bunch and roll and triple wrap on the head. Aromas from the wrapper and enclosed foot tell rich cedar and barnyard. Cold draw gives subtleties in cedar, hay and nuts.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of dark wood, dull cinnamon and light mustiness. At a half inch in, the dark wood and mustiness are paired up front while the dull cinnamon is now in the background. The retrohale is dark wood with a slight bite along with a light mustiness. At an inch in, the dull cinnamon has left the profile and the dark wood is now more defined as dark oak. The third wraps up with the dark oak slightly ahead of the mustiness. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering this salted caramel chocolate profile that is fairly enjoyable. It has this peppery combination with it and the finish is that of leather and earth. The salty qualities remain on the long finish and I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in strength, body and flavors.

First Third

The initial flavor profile combines light cocoa, and cedar through the retrohale. Some medium strength baking spices join after a few puffs, almost immediately after some creaminess develops, along with mild plus to medium strength pepper on the post draw. I’m impressed at how much smoke production there is. Even a small draw brings forth significant billowing clouds. Malty sweetness joins the middle of the flavor profile, as post draw lingering cedar and baking spices sit between draws. Hints of orange citrus accent the middle of the profile but are quickly buried on the palate by cedar. That same citrus moves into the retrohale as a nuanced accent.

First Third

The first half inch or so is surprisingly a heater. Ample dry red pepper spice laying thick on the tongue and rear palate. Past that point, the spice settles down and the profile expands to bakers spices and a subtle roasted nuttiness. Retrohaling gives burnt toast, even more dry red pepper spice and roasted nuttiness. Strength is medium plus and body medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the dark oak gains a faint wood bitterness while the mustiness remains slightly behind. At a half inch in, some dry earth joins the profile as the wood bitterness departs. The retrohale remains dark oak and light mustiness. At an inch in, a light char joins the dark oak. At an inch and a quarter, the char picks up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the profile maintains the charred dark wood and mustiness up front with dry earthiness slightly behind. The strength remains at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning from the first third and is now delivering a profile that is dominated by dry earth and strong black pepper notes. I am getting some oak notes as well, but the black pepper is strong and pronounced. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level.

Second Third

Citrus and cocoa lead the flavors into the second third through the retrohale. Earth and cedar sit at medium strength in the middle of the profile. As the second settles in, the earth begins to linger between draws. Citrus rind joins the middle of the profile, providing a sweet and sour flavor combination that offsets the earth.

Second Third

The second third picks up a charred note mingled with the dry red pepper spice. Other than that, the profile remains unchanged, still providing bakers spices and subtle roasted nuttiness. Strength and body remains medium plus and medium, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char bumps up a bit more and the charred dark oak is now slightly ahead of the mustiness and dry earth. The profile is fairly dry at this point. The retrohale remains dark oak and mustiness. At an inch in, the mustiness is back to even with the charred dark oak while the dry earth is right behind. The cigar wraps up with the same flavor profile. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a profile that is right in line with that of the second third. It is delivering dry earth notes with black pepper and oak. There is this charred wood quality as well, and it is a rough finish. In terms of strength and body, the cigar continues to smoke at that medium-full level.

Final Third

The last third kicks off with baking spices and an earth finish that lingers into the post draw. The earth takes on a bit of a toasted quality as the last third settles in. The profile eventually becomes cedar forward, with some sweet accents as it progresses.

Final Third

The final third is unchanged from the second third. Still charred dry red pepper spice, bakers spices and subtle roasted nuttiness. Strength and body is still medium plus and medium, respectively.

Burn

The draw was a bit wavy throughout but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was solid throughout the cigar and I was getting an even burn line with a solid charcoal ash. The ash held on well and this was a well rolled cigar.

Burn

The burn was almost perfect with only some slight unevenness that self corrected. The wrapper did unravel somewhat by the last third, which could be attributed to my handling during the review.

Burn

Burn performance was overall good. Only a couple touch-ups and a complete re-light.

Draw

The draw was fairly snug but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with a mix of dark wood, dull cinnamon and light mustiness. The cinnamon departed halfway through and the wood became more defined as oak. The second third saw some wood bitterness join before it was replaced by some dry earth. The final third saw the char increase a bit. Construction was pretty good aside from a snug draw. The Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto was very dark oak and earth focused and never got beyond an average flavor profile for me. The identity of the cigar was locked in, so those that gravitate towards this type of profile will find something they like here. It was my first time trying this brand and, while I probably don’t see myself returning this cigar, I would be interested in seeing what they come out with in the future.

Draw

The draw was fantastic from beginning to end. Great draw.

Overall

I was not impressed with the profile that was delivered by Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto and it showed a Mexican San Andres profile that I can’t stand. There was nothing to balance or work off the wrapper and I was left with a peppery, charred oak and dry earth profile. It went well with the medium-full strength and body that was being delivered, but the flavors themselves were a disappointment. Strong start in the first third only to be followed by a weak second and final third. While the construction was on point, that in no way should be a redeeming factor for the cigar.

Draw

I rated the draw as good, as there was roughly 2-1/2 notches of resistance to each puff.

Overall

The Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto was an overall good experience with my favorite flavor experiences occurring in the first and second thirds. Flavor experience included cocoa, cedar, baking spices, creaminess, malt sweetness, citrus, earth and citrus rind. Burn experience was excellent, with some resistance to the draw. I would smoke another Crook of the Crown Robusto if I had the opportunity. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 45 minutes on the nose.

Draw

The draw was slightly snug, but overall a non-issue.

Overall

The Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto was a decent offering from Noel. While I did enjoy the initial third of amplified dry red pepper with bakers spices and roasted nuttiness, the profile fell apart within the final two thirds when an unpleasant charred pepper note came through. I’ll have to look forward to future creations from Noel, hoping for a better experience.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.35

Cost/Point

$1.96

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$1.94

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$1.61

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.83

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Team Cigar Review: Stolen Throne Crook of the Crown Robusto
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