Team Cigar Review: Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto

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Cigar Details: Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Brazil
  • Wrapper: Brazilian Connecticut Shade
  • Binder: Brazil
  • Filler: Brazil
  • Factory: Villiger do Brasil
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: January 2020
  • Source: Villiger

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto is light tan, almost the color of brown butcher paper, and has some small darker spots mixed in. There are a couple decently sized raised veins and a network of smaller ones. The seams are smooth and just barely visible while the head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The band is pearl white with some green and gold artwork and text that denotes the company and line names. The aroma from the wrapper is significant mustiness while the foot brings sweet cedar. The pre-light draw consists of lightly sweet cedar and a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

To no surprise, the Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto comes with a wrapper that is Claro in coloring. It is a little rough in texture and there are noticeable veins present throughout. It has a pronounced aroma to the cigar and I am picking up some musty wood, strong spices, rich earth and herbal qualities. The cigar is firm in texture and is constructed well.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto has a tan brown wrapper, with smooth and even construction. The band is a glossy, embossed white with gold accents. Nosing the wrapper, I was able to pick up barnyard and cedar. In the foot, there is mild, sweet hay.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto has a golden brown claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight but visible, bunch and roll on the looser end of the spectrum and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give fresh cut grass and perfume like floral. Aromas from the foot give a subtle black pepper, cedar and hay. Cold draw tells muted cedar and airy nuttiness.

First Third

The cigar begins with musty cedar and a very mellow black pepper. At a quarter inch in the flavor profile becomes a bit denser although the components remain the same. At three quarters of an inch in, the concentration of flavors have lightened back up. The retrohale has a dank mustiness in the lead with the cedar in the background. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper begins to increase in fullness. As the third comes to a close, some dry earth joins the profile. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with a nice lemongrass profile. I am getting some cedar and cinnamon as well, and the finish is of sweet rich earth and red pepper. There are some faint herbal notes present as well, and it is a unique profile. I have smoked enough Brazilian tobacco to get an idea of how it smokes, and you can capture that quality with this cigar. I would classify the cigar as being mild to medium in body and strength, and the flavors are at that medium level.

First Third

The first few puffs give me sweet, clean tobacco, with mild cedar and hay to finish. There is mild cocoa on the middle of the retrohale and through the post draw. Graham cracker develops on the retrohale at a very light level. Some sweetness joins the retrohale to finish, not long after. Some mild spices add to the post draw once the first third has settled in. By the halfway point, vegetal and chlorophyll flavors joins the middle of the retrohale.

First Third

The first third is two parts bread pudding, one part mixed nuts, and one part cedar. Retrohaling accentuates the sweetness and dough like consistency of nuts and bread pudding. It also gives sweet cherry cordials. The finish is fairly short with namely a lingering soft cedar. Strength is mild and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the black pepper is now even with the musty cedar while the dry earth is slightly behind. At a half inch in, the cedar has transitioned to a general wood note and the profile is becoming slightly dry. The retrohale is musty wood followed closely behind by black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the musty wood and dry earth are even with the black pepper slightly behind. The strength bumped up to medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a lot of the qualities that I was picking up in the first third and that is lemongrass, cedar and cinnamon. There is less pepper present in this third, and the finish is showing those rich earth and herbal qualities. Like before, the cigar is mild to medium in strength and body, and the flavors are around that medium level.

Second Third

Sweet cedar and with mild tannins begin to finish each draw moving into the second third. That sweet cedar also takes up the middle of the profile. Almost a sweet toasted earth in the end of each draw. Baking spices join the middle of the profile, and linger to the post draw. Earth fades by the bottom half of the cigar. Spicy cedar gains strength on the post draw through the remainder of the second.

Second Third

The second third has a few things going on in terms of changes. There’s now less of that sweet and yeasty banana bread note. It is replaced by a sour citrus rind, sweet cherry cordials and cedar. Strength is still mild and body still medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the musty wood, dry earth and lighter black pepper. At a half inch in, the pepper has lightened up as some char has joined the wood. The retrohale is a full combination of mustiness and wood. At an inch in, the cigar warms up a bit, bringing a slight vegetal note to the profile. The cigar wraps up with mustiness and slightly charred wood with light black pepper and vegetal note. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

The final third shows some transitioning from the second third and I am getting a profile that is delivering those lemongrass, cedar, herbal and earth notes. The earth notes are not as sweet or rich as before and the pepper qualities have faded as well. Like before, the cigar is between mild and mild-medium in strength and body. Flavors are right at that medium level.

Final Third

A traditional bitter Connecticut shade profile moving into the last third, lingering into the post draw. The profile settles into that classic grass, hay and cedar profile.

Final Third

The final third is a less complex version of the second third. It’s now more cedar based with citrus rind, sweet cherry cordials and cedar on the second tier of flavors. Strength and body finishes mild and medium, respectively.

Burn

Other than half the wrapper not wanting to burn at the halfway point and requiring a touch-up, the burn was straight the rest of the time. The ash held on in near two inch increments.

Burn

In terms of the burn, it was great from beginning to end.

Burn

The burn had some issues with an offset burn in the first third that corrected. Later, a slight canoe developed, eventually resulting in the cigar going out, and a re-light. The cigar went out again in the last third, requiring a re-light.

Burn

Burn performance was good less a couple negatives. The burn was surprisingly quick (45 min) for a Robusto. Also, there was some flaky ashes throughout the entire smoking time.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with musty cedar and a very mellow black pepper. Some dry earth joined in near the end of the third. The second third saw the cedar transition to a general wood note and the profile was slightly drying. The final third saw the pepper ease up and a vegetal note joined as the cigar was wrapping up. Construction was very good and strength was right around medium the whole way. The Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto had a simple combination of flavors to start and they were good. In the middle of the second third when the cedar transitioned to a general wood note, the profile became average and finished out that way. As a release that came from Europe, it was interesting to see how the blend worked. While fairly average, I’m interested to see how the Maduro version fares. Probably not something I’ll be in a hurry to revisit, but the price point makes it something that won’t hurt to give it a try.

Draw

The draw was absolutely perfect from beginning to end. It had a great amount of resistance and the smoke production was on point.

Overall

This was a pretty cool cigar and a fun smoking experience for a cigar nerd. It is always great to see how tobacco smokes from a single country and on top of that, see how that country delivers a wrapper that you typically don’t see from there. I would be interested to see how this wrapper is grown, the climate it is grown in as well, but you can see and taste the difference between this Connecticut Shade vs. Ecuadorian Connecticut and US Connecticut. This had a little bit more lemon grass and earth to it, which was a cool experience. Overall, the Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto is enjoyable and while not overly complex or showing transitioning, there is stuff going on with the cigar. With that, it was constructed wonderfully. I don’t think the blend will speak to a huge market in the United States, I see this doing better in Europe and Asia to be honest, but I do think that it will catch on with some older smokers or guys who like Candela and Connecticut offerings. Very cool and looking forward to the Maduro.

Draw

The draw was 3 to 3-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

The Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto was a mild, but nuanced offering that built on what a traditional Connecticut Shade flavor profile tends to provide. Although the burn had some challenges, and the draw was resistant, I found myself enjoying the overall experience throughout. I would smoke a Do Brasil Claro again if I had the opportunity. My total smoking time was 2 hours and 37 minutes.

Draw

Draw was a bit loose but really a non-issue.

Overall

The experience of the Villiger Do Brasil Claro Robusto went like this. First two thirds, wow, I am impressed by what Brazilian Connecticut shade can do. A bounty of bread pudding consistency and sweetness, almost jam like cherries, mixed nuts and cedar. The final third, more average. This is a cigar that is packed with full flavors without much strength. I can see myself enjoying a couple as my starter cigar for the day.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.54

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.48

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.07

Cost/Point

$1.48

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.47

Cost/Point

$1.39

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