Well, we are at it again with the group reviews in the chatroom. This time we reviewed the Cusano LXI robusto. If you are too lazy to read our comments below (I don’t blame you, it is a lot of reading), here is the summary:
We all loved the smell of this cigar. It had a sweet spicy tobacco smell. We found that the cigar had had primarily creamy, woody, and peppery flavors with a nice sweet and spicy finish. It was medium bodied and very smooth while still rich in flavor. The second third really mellowed out and was followed by a shockingly strong final third. 2 of the 3 cigars had perfect construction while one suffered from a wrapper split in the final third. Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by this cigar and all 3 of us are interested in getting some more of them!
IamDarren: got the cigar out. Nice dark habano wrapper, getting a mild sweet spice from the wrapper.
Matt: Very sweet spice smell. Something minty in there too. Smells awesome!
Terry1: Okay got the cigar and some Pendletons. I’m ready.
Matt: I did just brush my teeth though… am I the only one with the mint smell?
IamDarren: just mixed up the last of my Jack Daniels. hope it lasts me the evening.
IamDarren: i’m not getting any mint…. swish with some liquor and you should be fine
IamDarren: everyone clipped and ready to go?
Terry1: I’m not getting any mint. I’m am getting just a generic tobacco smell off the wrapper and a little cocoa on the cold draw.
Matt: Clipped and ready. The head of the cigar is super tightly packed. Hopefully this opens up when lit or I will have to do a little chewing.
Matt: Lighting up
IamDarren: yeah, i clipped mine a second time. It opened up a little but mine is on the top end of medium.
IamDarren: flaming up
Terry1: Mine is drawing just fine
IamDarren: mine lit easily and is burning well
Terry1: Right off the bat I’m getting a little caramel sweetness.
IamDarren: same here, with a hint of charred oak in the background. Very earthy.
Matt: Lots of smoke… dry earthy pepper to start with a hint of sweetness at the finish
IamDarren: very smooth right off the bat, not what i expected.
Matt: Me neither. I am guessing that spicy flavor will creep into the second third.
Matt: Great start. Even with the tight pack, the draw is plenty open. They just packed these full. I like what I am seeing/tasting so far.
Terry1: I’m liking this cigar so far. Good start, lots of creamy smoke with hints of wood and sweetness.
Matt: Check out that ghost white ash. I am not much of an ash snob, but that sure looks clean.
IamDarren: looks good so far
Terry1: There’s a nice spice in the retrohale. It kind of hits you up front then mellows out with some sweetness.
Matt: A little under an inch in: medium bodied and very earthy with a pleasant pepper finish and still a hint of sweetness. Smoke is not as dry as the first few puffs.
Matt: Ash holds on tighter than OJ’s glove. Hasn’t fallen off yet.
Terry1: I’m chicken and tapped it off. I’ve had too many ash in the lap incidents trying to get a long ash.
IamDarren: nice..lol, mine is getting just a tad flakey but nothing to complain about. I’m starting to get a lot more sweetness. Not thick though… kinda like nectar.
IamDarren: ash just fell off in the tray going into the second third.
Terry1: Yeah I think that sweetness is complimenting everything in the cigar. It’s not too strong but it’s there in the background and the finish.
IamDarren: i almost wish there was a little more spice to liven it up a bit.
Matt: Loving the sweetness as well. Not many cigars pull off the pepper/sweet taste… this one seems to be. Also, the smoke is getting very buttery, finish survives in my mouth even as I take a drink of whiskey.
IamDarren: wow, that was interesting. i just got a hint of coffee. It was very light and was almost like taking a nibble of a coffee bean. It was most prevalent on the retrohale.
Matt: Should have tapped off the ash, it is now complementing my newly cleaned porch floor.
Terry1: Flavors are subtle nothing really overpowering. I’m liking the play between the cream, wood and sweetness.
Matt: The cigar is dramatically mellowing out for me now. I am now tasting the cream you guys have been talking about.
Terry1: I just had a thought. Are we all smoking the cigar with the old orange, gold and black band?
IamDarren: i am, the one with all the stars.
Matt: yeah, with sun grown at the bottom?
Terry1: That’s what I’m smoking. I’m hoping with the buy out of Cusano and the new bands, the cigars stay the same.
IamDarren: depends who bought them? I hope it wasn’t Rocky
Terry1: lol, no it was Davidoff.
Matt: expect a price increase…
IamDarren: whew, thats a relief. Davidoff is known for quality blends. I would defenitely be interested to try the new ones.
IamDarren: I think CI is selling them. Maybe you could snatch up some of these on cbid.
Matt: I accidently let the cigar heat up a bit and turn bitter, gonna set it down and grab another drink.
IamDarren: mine still hasn’t changed much. Medium bodied all the way. Still waiting for the spice to pick up.
Terry1: CI is selling unbanded bundles. It would be interesting to pick some up and compare.
IamDarren: i know I saw some fivers on MMAO, of both the Paired Maduro and the LXI.
Terry1: I’m just over half way and I heard some cracking. Getting a small tear in the wrapper at the burn line. Other than that it’s smoking pretty consistantly.
Matt: Bitterness faded, luckily. My fault. This is not your average Sun Grown Habano leaf. In my experience they are more dominated by pepper and spice in the medium/full range. I like these.
IamDarren: yeah, you could defenitely smoke this cigar at any time of day, even before a meal.
Terry1: I agree this not a typical Sun Grown. Good anytime cigar.
IamDarren: well the band came off nice and easy
Matt: I just got an espresso kick in the teeth. Welcome change.
IamDarren: yeah, i’m still getting a bit of coffe bean. I think it may be slowly getting stronger.
Matt: Second ash did not hold on long… just barely missed the keyboard. I am making a mess tonight.
Terry1: Whoa. Mine just split all the way to the cap. Good thing I’m into the last third. The strength is starting to build. I’m starting to feel it a little.
IamDarren: Alright Terry, I think you are speed smoking tonight, I still have a couple inches left.
Matt: I agree Terry, this one has a bit of strength to it. That’s a real bummer about the wrapper split… I chalk it up to Utah weather.
IamDarren: just lost my ash with only 1/2 inch on it. Gotta watch this one.
Terry1: I’m starting to pick up the coffee notes.
IamDarren: into the last third it is defenitely pick up strength. Getting more coffee now and some spice on the retrohale.
IamDarren: only about an inch left. Getting a little dryer and the spice is making my tounge tingle a bit. Im liking it!
Terry1: I’m nearing the end and I have to say that I liked this cigar and would recommend it. What does the faceless snowman think?
Matt: Great construction on my end, lots of smoke, complex flavor profile, and an ass kicking end to the cigar. I love it!
IamDarren: me too, my only problem was the ash in the last two thirds.
Matt: This thing is all pepper, spice and espresso toward the nub. Almost a little too much, but an impressive transition from the calm relaxing cigar we were smoking an hour ago.
IamDarren: i’m still smoking mine and it still has lots of creaminess and sweetness with i like since most sticks get harsh and bitter near the end.
Terry1: I’ve smoked four of these and this is the first one that split on me. All have been consistent in the flavor. Very nice!
Matt: I love the group reviews. What should we do next?
Matt: Tues. Everyone ok with the 90 miles? I have been itching to smoke that beast.
IamDarren: yes, you got it
Terry1: That’ll work for me.
Matt: Love it. See you guys Tues. bright and early at 7:30 PM Central