cigar review

Don Tomas: Clasico Robusto

The next cigar I am going to smoke as part of my cigar challenge is from the Don Tomás cigar brand, I will be trying the Clasico Robusto.

I remember buying a box of Don Tomás cigars from JFK airport shortly after my first ‘proper’ Davidoff cigar back in the day (approx 2005-2006) via a trip to New York City. I remember being really chuffed on the purchase and prices of the cigars and excitedly smoked them all upon returning to the U.K. I haven’t heard of the brand for years so I’m happy to have tracked down the Clasico Robusto.

The stats:

Length: 5
Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Medium to Full
Country of origin: Honduras

Don Tomas Clasico Robusto

Background:

The Don Tomás cigar was introduced in 1974. The cigars are hand-made in Danli, Honduras from Cuban-seed tobacco grown in the Talanga Valley of Honduras.

According to Cigar Aficionado, ‘the brand has survived the ups and downs of the cigar market, a change in owners (it went from UST to General Cigar) and, now, a change in blends. General Cigar, led by president and chief operating officer Angel Daniel Núñez, reworked the Don Tomás blend for a relaunch in late 2005. Dubbing it Clásico, the company’s idea is to get back to the brand’s roots as a hearty, no-nonsense cigar for a fair price.’

My experience:

I am a fan of a Robusto cigar for its decent sized ring gauge. The wrapper of this Clasico Robusto is light in colour. The cigar band looks a little dated.

Upon the first couple of draws, I instantly sense that this is quite a light, mild, smooth cigar, which to be honest the more I smoked the more bland it felt. This just wasn’t my cuppa tea at all. I’m not sure whether this is because I’m starting to develop a preference for more full bodied cigars or whether this particular brand just isn’t for me anymore.

My rating: 5 out of 10 – not really feeling it. A very bland cigar.

Next up… a Dunhill cigar!

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