This week’s group review was of the Los Blancos Nine. The three of us sat down with this fine looking cigar to chat while reviewing. It smells as good as it looks with a sweet and earthy aroma. After lighting up we found that the cigar was entirely delicious. The full bodied and high strength cigar with sweet earthy coffee flavor and with pepper and spice on the finish. Unfortunately, the construction was not nearly as good as the flavor of the cigar. Our samples required multiple burn corrections. It was a real shame for such a good cigar. Overall, I would say it is still worth a try. Read on to see the full review.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
StraightUpCigars – Matt: All right, I am giving the Los Blancos Nine toro a smell. Smells sweet, cedary, and earthy. The wrapper is so close to flawless – just 1 tiny vein. Well done!
IamDarren: very tightly packed, hope the draw is ok
IamDarren: nice sheen on the wrapper though
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The foot band is on there pretty good, had to take it off at the seam. I am cutting now.
IamDarren: hey alright! draw is good. Intersting mix of cedar and cocoa on the cold draw.
Terry1: Very nice looking. I like the silver and black band. My draw is perfect. I’m picking up cherry on the cold draw. Unexpected but really tasty. Lighting up.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The draw is perfect after cutting. Earthy and fruity on the gold draw. Lighting!
IamDarren: bring on the flame!
IamDarren: rich creamy smoke. Very rich tobacco and earth flavor with a light pepper on the finish.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Good description, you read my mind.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I will just add that the smoke has a buttery consistency that leaves a long lasting finish. Produces a lot of smoke!
Terry1: Wow! That’s tasty! Starts off with lots of smoke. Earthy, hint of spice, touch of sweetness. Everything in balance. Very nice start.
IamDarren: starting to get a little sweetness here also.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, this one is off to a good start. Starting to get some dark roast coffee flavor in there too. Very good.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: What’s the price on these Darren?
IamDarren: this stick reminds me of the Diesel line, very rich smoke that i want to chew in my mouth. Flavors are getting a little bit darker.
IamDarren: retail for the robusto is 6 bucks. I got them on a bid site though at about half price.
IamDarren: i believe these are the toro.
Terry1: Agree with the dark rich flavors. My burn is all over. I’m going to let it go and see if it self corrects. Surprised there’s not more pepper. I’m liking this one so far.
IamDarren: my burn is also a little lopsided but not too bad. Burn is going very slow, not even a half inch in yet.
IamDarren: i think i’m getting some dark chocolate. The slight sweetness really helps make the body just right.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My burn is not good either. I’ll stick it out too, hopefully they correct themselves.
IamDarren: interesting fact: the cigars gets the name “Nine” because it was actually reblended nine times before they decided to release it.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Almost as indecisive as my girlfriend.
Terry1: I’m getting concerned about the ash too. I’m down maybe a half inch and the ash is opening up like a rose. Interesting but not desireable.
IamDarren: yeah mine already fell off at the 1/2 inch mark.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Maybe they put all their effort toward the blend… forgot about construction.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: So far, I would say that effort has been worth it
IamDarren: i think mine has grabbed another gear, dark chocolate is now roasted coffee and the pepper is starting to return.
IamDarren: still creamy though, i’m not sipping my water near as much as i thought i would.
Terry1: I just read they apparently harvest the ligero early before it can develop a lot of strength and pepper. Makes a slightly milder cigar. I like that.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, while I would classify this as full bodied, it is not nearly as full as I expected. Very good cigar… if only the burn would get under control.
IamDarren: so far its working out well, the body on mine is slowly creaping up and there is alot of cigar left.
Terry1: I get the pepper in the retrohale. Smoke is still creamy and rich. Coffee and some sweetness are present. The ash is a crumbly mess. Not a good choice if you smoke while driving.
IamDarren: don’t worry, thats probably the next thing they will outlaw after cellphones….
Terry1: I had to correct the burn. It was running too far up one side.
IamDarren: my burn and ash have improved, ash tightened up and is holding at an inch.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I just corrected too. I could no longer get a good draw with it running.
IamDarren: starting to get more pepper and a little spice in the back of my mouth. Also loosing a little creaminess.
IamDarren: tastes like you took spiced tea and ran it through the coffee maker
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine is sweet and creamy with earth and pepper. Spice on the finish. Some coffee. Real good flavors!
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Have you done that?
IamDarren: lol, no but it might be worth a try.
Terry1: I agree with Matt’s description. I’m loving the flavors. I just wish the construction matched. Even after correcting the burn it’s still running up one side. Ash is a little more solid.
IamDarren: pretty typical of a cigar with lots of ligero. Great flavor but shitty burn.
IamDarren: mine is actually staring to mellow out again, go figure.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I just had to correct this bugger again. Hopefully this is the last!
Terry1: I’m about halfway and I’m starting to feel the strength. I’m going to switch to the Coke.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, I agree. I am a little past halfway and this is a strong one. Luckily we had Darren to warn us!
IamDarren: lol, i was wondering when it would kick in. I am also starting to feel it a little.
Terry1: I’m starting to struggle with the Nine. Love the flavors it’s still producing. They do seem to be a little less intense. Might be the Coke. The strength is starting to get to me. I removed the band. Didn’t notice earlier that it’s almost like two bands.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I think that attached double band thing is cool too Terry. I just did a third burn correction. I wouldn’t be doing it if it did not affect the draw. The cigar is so damn good, though.
IamDarren: my cigar has continued to mellow. There is an underlying strength but the creaminess is now more than enought to hide it. Very enjoyable cigar.
IamDarren: burn isn’t perfect but it has not required any corrections yet. fingers crossed.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My cigar is going in the opposite direction. Extremely rich chewy full bodied smoke. Tons of espresso, hazelnut, and pepper flavor. Spice on the finish that lingers between puffs. Awesome.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Not much left on mine though, maybe a half an inch?
IamDarren: ok speed smoker, i’m still a half inch from the band.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Really? No wonder mine is building flavor Speed up!
Terry1: I’ve got about an inch left. I had to slow down.
IamDarren: you know you are addicted to full bodied cigars when you speed smoke to increase the body.
IamDarren: probably why yours isn’t burning worth a crap also.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol. I am not allowed to be biased, though. I don’t think you can blame one half of the cigar burning and the other not on the speed of smoking.
IamDarren: lol, ok i will give you that one.
Terry1: Good point. Correcting the burn wastes a lot of wrapper.
Terry1: Wow, I’m getting that hazelnut you mentioned. Very nice.
IamDarren: maybe if you put your tounge on the side of the cigar that is burning too fast when you take a draw….. just an idea
IamDarren: no thanks
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Glad to hear I am not the only one getting hazelnut. What do you think Terry? Something you would try again?
Terry1: Tough question. Love the flavors but the strength is kicking my butt. My can of Coke is just about gone. I’d smoke it again if I got one but I wouldn’t commit to a box.
IamDarren: I would buy them again. Maybe not a whole box but i would like to keep a few around.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Fair enough. I like them too. I wonder how the smaller Robusto is? Pack a ton of flavor, well blended with complexities in there, construction was a nightmare. I would say these are awesome cigars but still have room for improvement. Not for the beginning cigar smoker.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine is all finished up, down to a nub. This is the way a cigar is supposed to go… smooth at the beginning with flavors building right up until the end.
IamDarren: i’m almost done now, i did get some hazelnut in the last few puffs. I think my stuffed nose wasn’t helping.
Terry1: I finished mine. Flavorful to the end.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Nice. I don’t feel under the weather anymore… this cigar cures illness.
Terry1: For me the construction and strength hurt the rating. But if someone likes flavorful and powerful cigars, this one is easy to recommend.