Team Cigar Review: Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto

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Cigar Details: Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Brazil
  • Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
  • 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 Maduro Robusto is medium brown near the head and then gets dark as it gets to the foot. There is a network of lightly raised veins and the seams are smooth and very well blended. The top of the head is a bit mis-shapen, but the two caps are applied well. The cigar feels hefty in hand and is quite firm to the touch. The band is hunter green with gold and white artwork and lettering. It denotes the company and line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood and damp earth while the foot just brings a light general wood note. The pre-light draw brings a nice sweet cedar.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto is finished with a light maduro, milk chocolate coloring wrapper. It sports veins throughout, varying in sizes. There is a little bit of grit on the wrapper in terms of texture and the cigar is firm throughout. The foot of the cigar delivers notes of raisins, sweet milk chocolate and earth while the wrapper gives similar earth and cocoa notes.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto has a dark chocolate colored wrapper. The cigar has a dark green wrapper with metallic gold lettering and accents. Nosing the wrapper, I was able to pick up aromas of spices, cedar and leather. In the foot, some mild, light cedar.

Pre-light Experience

The Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto has a Colorado Claro wrapper shade providing a non-oily, fine sandpaper like grit. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper tell rich cedar and hay. Aromas from the foot give cedar and baking spices. Cold draw tells mainly cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, heavy baking spice and subtle dark chocolate note. At a half inch in, the chocolate note is gone while the wood and heavy baking spice remain. The retrohale brings toasted wood and baking spice. At an inch in, the toasted note makes it to the mouth draws. As the third comes to a close, a light mustiness joins the toasted wood and baking spice. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

Do Brasil Maduro has a fantastic first third and begins by delivering rich earth, chocolate and hay notes. I am getting this barnyard quality which has a little bit of black pepper spice and it is a great pairing. It has a short finish, and it is a finish that shows some qualities of chocolate covered raisins and pepper. I would classify the cigar as being medium overall, and that goes for body, strength and flavors.

First Third

A wonderful sweet opening with a mild dry cedar finish. Creamy sweetness settles into the middle of the profile almost immediately. There is a sweet plum adding definition to the retrohale, as mild spices provide depth. The sweetness on the cigar begins to trail into the post draw. In the bottom half of the first third, the finish takes on a leathery component, along with some mild spices.

First Third

There’s a lot of subtleties within the first third experience. Flavors of namely muted cedar and generic creamed sweetness. Retrohaling livens up the flavors a bit as the cream and sweetness is more easily identified as dried nuts. Further, there’s also a greater cedar presence. The finish has a soft aged cedar and slight wood bitterness that’s medium length. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, there are random draws where a very subtle chocolate note is once again detected. At a quarter inch in, the mustiness has become even with the toasted wood and baking spice. At a half inch in, the toasted wood has become a bit drying. The retrohale consists of toasted wood and dry earth. At an inch in, some dry earth joins the mouth draws as the baking spice has eased up. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted and musty wood with dry earth slightly behind and light baking spice in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third opens by showing a lot of black pepper notes. It is paired with some barnyard qualities, earth and wood, and there are some herbal qualities present with that. I am detecting some mineral profiles also and it has a long finish. Lots of transitioning from the first to this second third. With that, the body, strength and flavors have gone from a medium level to medium-full.

Second Third

A creamy plum with some fig accents, finishing leather, cedar and baking spices. A significant amount of complexity right out of the gate for the second third. By the halfway point of the second third, the baking spices have eased up in intensity down to light or light plus.

Second Third

The second third has no changes. Subtleties galore with muted cedar and generic creamed sweetness. Profile is best when retrohaled as flavors deepen. Strength and body is still medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted wood, mustiness and dry earth are all even as the baking spice has left the profile. At a quarter inch in, the dry earth takes a slight lead over the toasted wood and mustiness. The retrohale has an abundance of mustiness with wood and dry earth behind. At an inch in, a slight mintiness joins the profile. The cigar finishes up with dry earth, mustiness and toasted wood with a light mintiness. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third goes down a whole new road and I am getting some leather and smoked meat flavors. There are some chocolate mole qualities and I am getting some red and black pepper notes as well. There is a touch of that wood and earth/barnyard profile on the finish, but it’s subtle and overall, the cigar has a short finish on the end. The strength and body make a return to the first third, and it is more at that medium level.

Final Third

Earth and stewed plum going into the last third. The finish is a sweet earth as the cigar settles in. No other evolution through the last third.

Final Third

I hate to sound like I’m on repeat, but nonetheless I must. Final third yields no changes. Still subdued cedar and generic creamed sweetness. There are some bread like body and flavors coming through, but it still doesn’t help break away from the muted flavors. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy throughout and the cigar did go out once, requiring a re-light in the second third. The ash held on through each third.

Burn

The burn on the Do Brasil was perfect from beginning to end. The samples were constructed perfectly, delivered a great solid ash and consistent from sample to sample.

Burn

The burn is very even, stacking dimes up to 2-3 inches at times.

Burn

Perfect burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, ample smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with wood, heavy baking spice and subtle dark chocolate note. The chocolate left fairly quickly and the wood gained a toasted note and some mustiness joined in. The second third saw some dry earth join in which caused the overall profile to become a bit dry and it had a slight increase in dryness the rest of the way. The Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto flavor profile was fairly average throughout. There were just some basic flavor components that jockeyed for position and the dryness of the profile kept a bit of a damper on things. Having smoked this Maduro and the Claro, the Claro is the better of the two in my opinion. Brazilian puros are hard to come by, but I wouldn’t make a case for this one to be one to search out too much.

Draw

Draw was amazing from beginning to end on all samples.

Overall

Like the Connecticut offering, this is a unique maduro and shows a lot of cool flavors and transitioning. I was impressed with what was delivered from the Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I have had Brazilian puros in the past, and while it shows some similar qualities there are some unique aspects as well. The cigar has a lot of transitioning and with that, depth. I would not say it is a maduro I would gravitate to that often, but I do like the flavors from the Brazilian tobacco and I think it would speak to some quite well. It had this dry natural quality to the maduro, rather than that very sweet rich profile that people go for. The first third notes of pepper, chocolate and raisins were enjoyable and the highlight of the cigar. On top of that, nice strength and body with excellent construction.

Draw

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

Overall

The Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto showcases some of the best qualities of Brazilian tobacco. Flavors ranged from sweetness, cedar, creaminess, plum, fig, leather and earth. The strength of the cigar seemed to settle around the medium mark. I would light up another Do Brasil Maduro again, as I enjoyed the smoking experience. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 37 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also perfect, striking the ideal air flow.

Overall

This was sadly an average flavor profile and thus smoking experience. The Villiger Do Brasil Maduro Robusto was uneventful with muted notes. Being comprised of namely cedar and a generic sweetness and creaminess, it left my palate wanting more. More in terms of fuller flavors would have made a vast difference. Unlike the Do Brasil Claro, this will not be for me.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$1.67

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.45

Cost/Point

$1.40

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$1.35

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.57

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