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Review of Eiroa Robusto Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

Eiroa Cigars

Eiroa cigars are Honduran puros from Christian L. Eiroa's CLE Cigar Company, and are available in four sizes, including the Robusto (5 x 50) that was sampled for this review. The average price for an Eiroa Robusto is between $9 and $10 per cigar if purchased by the box or 5-pack, while a single stick can cost between $10 and $12, depending on where you buy them.

The Eiroa Robusto began with a rich and full flavor with some noticeable sweetness. After just a couple of puffs, a pepper taste kicked in. The cigar was medium-to-full bodied, and not overpowering just about right in my comfort zone. A few minutes into the smoke, a leather flavor emerged, along with just a hint of spice. After about 10 minutes, the pepper became less noticeable, but the cigar's flavor continued to be very pleasant and enjoyable, right down to the last puff.

It took me 50 minutes to smoke the Eiroa Robusto down to two inches remaining. During that time, the cigar had a very good draw, held a long ash, and the burn was razor sharp. No relights nor touch-ups were needed. The cigar tasted and smoked just good enough to earn a rating of 4.25 points on a 5-point scale, making it a superior smoke. If a 10-dollar cigar is within your budget, the Eiroa Robusto is definitely worth considering.

Review of Eiroa CBT Maduro Cigar

Eiroa CBT (Capa, Banda, Tripa) Maduro cigars are made in Honduras entirely with Maduro tobacco. Not only does this cigar have a Maduro wrapper like many other cigars, but all of the filler and binder tobaccos are Maduro, too. The result is a very deep and full earthy flavor that is very bold and full bodied. There is also some peppery flavor included in the mix. Back in 2007, the Eiroa family created the Camacho Triple Maduro cigar, which was the first cigar made entirely with Maduro tobacco. The more recent Eiroa CBT Maduro released in 2014 might be considered a next generation Triple Maduro, and is one of the fullest cigars that I have ever smoked. The cigar might actually be too much of a good thing, except for the hardest core cigar smokers. These cigars are priced about the same as the Eiroa Cigar, above.

The size that I sampled was the Robusto (5 x 50). The cigar burned very evenly and held a long ash. No touch-ups lights were needed, but a relight was required after about 25 minutes. The cigar had a very good draw and smoked for 70 minutes down to 2 inches remaining, when it went out by itself (for the second time). The long amount of time that the Robusto lasted was very impressive, as was the cigar's even burn. However, the flavor and body were just too full for my liking. I rate the Eiroa CBT Maduro with a decent 3.5 points on a 5-point scale. This cigar is intended for very experienced cigar smokers, only!

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