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WB Brand Robusto Maduro

Friday, February 4th, 2011

I have no idea who gave me the cigar up for review today. If it was you, let me know and I’ll give proper credit. I simply lost track of this one in the humidor. Anyway… I never heard of this brand until recently. They are based in Orlando, FL, and other then that, I know nothing more. You can read more at their website. As always, I paired this cigar with water.


Wrapper: Brazil

Binder: Connecticut from Ecuador

Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 x 5o

Price: $7.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The oily dark wrapper had a smooth sheen to it that looked nice. There were really no flaws to mention. The odor coming off of the wrapper and foot was sweet earthiness with a tinge of poo. The cigar had a soft spot here and there, but nothing drastic. The pre-light draw had a little resistance, and a mild earthy and natural tobacco taste.

The burn required no corrections, and the ash held for an inch.

1_WB Cigars Robusto Maduro


The first third had an interesting sweet flavor with hints of earthiness. Coffee or espresso was prominent as well. Through the nose, there was a nice spice that had some peppery notes. The smoke feel was dry but I didn’t really crave water. At the tail end of this third, I started picking up mocha.

2_WB Cigars Robusto Maduro

The second third had the same coffee flavor. It was sweet and mingled with mocha notes. The spice was sweet and had a little punch. Earthiness almost went away completely. At times I found it hiding behind the dominant coffee flavors. The smoke feel was dry, and it started to distract me. It seemed to make the overall flavor profile feel scattered.

3_WB Cigars Robusto Maduro

The last third had that dominant mixture of coffee and mocha. The spice was very peppery at times, and sweet at other times. There was a distinct tingle left on the lips and tongue that had a tinge of sweetness. It wasn’t cinnamon, but it had that cinnamon feel if you know what I mean. The dryness didn’t distract me as much in this third.

4_WB Cigars Robusto Maduro


This was a good medium bodied cigar. At times I found myself thinking “Meh…” but most of the time I enjoyed the experience. I think the $7.00 price tag is a little steep though. Leaving price out of the picture, in the end I enjoyed smoking this cigar. It’s worth trying.

Falto Robusto

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Luis J. Falto, President & CEO of La Garita Cigar Co & Cigarros Falto, Tabacalera Falto Inc, sent me these cigars to review. They come in Robusto and Losdale sizes. There will be a slight blend change on these two cigars from the current wrapper to a new Sumarta Ecuador. The cigars I smoked for this review featured the current Sumarta Indonesian variety.

Thanks to Luis for sending me these cigars to try. As always, I paired this review with water.


Wrapper: Sumatra (Indonesia)

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Size: 5 x 50

Price: Around $7.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had small veins and a nice looking sheen. The odor coming off of the wrapper was sweet and cedary. The foot had a similar odor, with a slight pepper. The cigar was evenly and well packed, with barely a hard or soft spot. The pre-light draw was good with just a little resistance, and had an earthy, woody taste.

The burn required a couple small corrections, and the ash held for just over an inch.



The first third began with a very smooth and mellow peppery spice was that picked up when passing smoke through the nose. There were nice woody flavors with mild sweet notes hiding in the background. The smoke feel was crisp and dry.


The second third had a touch of earthiness. The sweetness increased in strength a little, and the woody flavors were dominant. The smooth pepper remained when retrohaling, but had an interesting complexity to it. It was sweet with an occasional tinge of fruitiness. The smoke feel became smoother and bordered on creaminess.


The last third went further up in the medium bodied range and bordered on being full. The spicy pepper increased slightly in strength, and was more straight forward tasting. The wood and sweet flavors matched each other in terms of strength, and melded together nicely. Speaking of sweetness, it boarded on chocolate, but wasn’t full blown chocolate. The smoke feel remained the same as before.



This was a very good medium to upper medium bodied cigar. The flavors were good, and switched things up to keep it interesting. Availability is limited on this boutique brand, but I think they are worth trying. Go to their website for a list of shops that carry them and judge for yourself.

Canimao Robusto Extra + CONTEST!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Box2I was at a Canimao event last month, and got to chill with the President and CEO of the company, Mel Gonzalez. His master blender Vincente Garcia was there as well, and he rolled cigars all night.

Mel really made us pay attention to the flavors in the cigars we smoked that night and demanded our feedback. It was great to see that he wasn’t just there to push product. He displayed a passion for his small boutique cigar company that was refreshing.

This gave me the idea of reviewing the Robusto Extra, and giving away a box on this site. Mel was all for it. He signed a box immediately and donated it for the raffle.

To enter, you have to be at least 18 years of age, and you can only enter once. Simply leave a comment here on this post. Please leave valid contact info, or I won’t be able to contact you if you win. Your email address will be kept confidential.

That’s it! In a couple weeks, a random winner will be drawn. And let’s not forget to thank Mel and Canimao for generously sponsoring this contest!

In the mean time, check out what Ed and I thought of the Canimao Robusto Extra in the latest installment of The Ed  & Tom Show. This video runs 22 minutes.

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Fall Has Fell & It’s Friggin Freezing, Folks

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This past week in northern New Jersey has been incredibly cold, including a full day of snow on Thursday. I guess I’m used to this stuff after five decades in the Soprano State, but it doesn’t mean I’m not sick and tired of it. There’s definitely a reason why people from the north move to Florida or Arizona. Although there’s unlimited warmth, sunshine, and rounds of golf, I think if I were to move, the main reason would be to be able to smoke cigars outdoors all year round.

_40510753_smokingbanpa203Up until about two weeks ago I was sitting on my patio with a stogie every night and there’s really almost nothing I enjoy more. It’s so tranquil and soothing for the mind and the soul. In fact, I do a lot of writing out there. But this past week was just impossible as high winds and close to freezing temperatures made it way too uncomfortable. I sat in the garage but it was too cold with the door open, so I shut the door, figuring that the high ceiling would gather the smoke and I could just leave the door open afterwards. But of course, my nagging wife (is there any other kind?) bitched for days that the garage stunk.

Man CaveWhat’s a BOTL to do?

I’m really giving serious thought into spending a few bucks and getting a good heater for the garage because I detest going weeks without a smoke in the winter. I saw some of those new radiant heaters in Home Depot and I’m serious about making the purchase. I’ll have to leave the door open at least halfway to let out the smoke, so I’ll need something that makes it bearable for a good 45 minutes to an hour.

GARAGE FLOOR REDONE 027I think it’s really time that I finally clear out a small section of the garage for my own little personal man cave space. I say this every year, but there comes a time to grow a pair and step up to the plate (along with any other cliché euphemisms I can dig up.) Heating and ventilation are the concerns (along with the  optimum safety) so I’m reaching out to the reading audience for any suggestions. Of course those of you in the south don’t have to deal with this problem, but some of you do have to deal with horrendous heat. We all have our cross to bear.

Harley_Davidson_Garage_bar_man_cave_1Now I’m not looking to do an all out man cave, by any means, I just need a small space with some comfort amongst the vehicle, lawn tractor, tools, and whatnot – I already have a fridge in there and a decent boombox stereo.  (But click to enlarge this Harley Man Cave photo and give yerself a big ol’ woody. Wow, that is sweet.)But then again, I love to watch hockey in the winter and I was thinking of getting a cheapie flat screen and running some coaxial out into the garage. I don’t think that’s a bad idea, but since it’s not heated in there and can get to freezing temperatures, I’m asking the experts out there…can a tv stay in there all the time under those conditions? It’s not damp, just cold.

So guys, if any of you have done anything similar, please chime in cuz the Zman needs some help. Now I know some of you have run baseboard heat and put vent fans into the wall and things of that nature, but I’m just not ready to go there as there are a hundred other things that need to be done first in my home and that would really piss off the living hell out of the nag – I mean my lovely and most sweetest better half. Plus, any suggestion for other amenities or to just make it a decent place to hang would be greatly appreciated.

SI4TOnto cigars…
I have to say that if you guys haven’t tried the new Siglo Limited Reserve, it is really one terrific smoke. I’ve had several already and I’m impressed with what has gone into making these. Okay, some of you need to get over the fact that they kind of imitated the Cohiba look – big whoop, get over it. The cigar is excellent and that’s all that matters. It’s a medium bodied smoke with a gorgeous silky wrapper with a lot of flavor, a good portion of that coming from the broadleaf binder.

According to our prestigious website…

Handmade NIC
Wrapper: ECSU    Binder: CTBL    Filler: NIC/DR
Medium-Full Bodied

Hand selected, light-brown Ecuador Cubano wrapper leaves with the finest vein structure, combined with a flavorful broadleaf binder and an aged blend of rich Nicaraguan and Dominican long filler tobaccos provide the smoker with the Frank Llaneza “Cubanesque” heavier bodied “touch” that made brands like Hoyo, Punch, Excalibur, El Rey del Mundo, and others that he has created such mainstays in today’s premium cigar business. Another winner in the new chapter of fine cigars for Frank!

Order ‘em right here, my amigos, you won’t be disappointed…

siglo-limited-reserve-cigarsCLICK HERE>NoI: 4 ¼ x 44
CLICK HERE> NoII: 5 1/2 x 45
CLICK HERE> NoIII: 6 ½ x 44
CLICK HERE> NoIV: 5 x 54
CLICK HERE> NoIV Tubo: 5 x 54
CLICK HERE> NoVI: 6 x 54
CLICK HERE> NoVI Tubo: 6 x 54
CLICK HERE> NoVI: 7 x 48
CLICK HERE> NoX Belicoso: 6 x 54
CLICK HERE> NoXXI: 5 Tins of 5: 4 ½ x 38

So that’s it for today…let’s talk about man caving up the garage with a few suggestions for us cold weather brothers of the frozen Leaf.

Take care my bruthas and sistas,
Tommy Z.
JR Cigars Blog With the Zman

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