Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : 3 part Nicaraguan Ligero/1 part Dominican Seco
Binder : Dominican
Price : $7-$8 each
Augusto Reyes and his brand of cigars are quite new to me. I have never heard nor smoked any of his cigars before. Well today was as good a time as ever, since the guys at the Augusto Reyes factory sent over some samples of their new Urban Robusto. I was quite intrigued by the branding for this cigar and the unique packaging. The use of graffiti peaks a slight interest, but doesn’t really do anything for me. Call me a traditionalist I guess. So let’s see how the Urban performed.
The Urban is cloaked in a brilliantly oiled Colorado brown tobacco leaf. The oiliness comes off on your fingers. There are a few thick veins that run its course, and one even runs its entire length. The cigar is very bumpy and it looks as if the filler tobaccos are bulging through the binder and wrapper. Holding the cigar vertical can reveal even some slight curvature in the cigar. The cap was even clumsily placed and crooked.
Filler tobaccos did not seem too tight or too loose. The head cut clean and the dry draw gave a perfect amount of resistance. The burns were a little wavy in all the samples and some needed a few touch ups. They usually would burn pretty sharp and even, until I had to ash it, and then it would start to waver the rest of the way through the stick. A dark grey ash held on for 1-2 inches before needing to be shaken off.
The cigar starts off with some unique flavors of tamari, leather, and some meatiness,…a very delicious start. It did not last for long and the flavors started to drop off the farther I got into the 1st third. The second third transitioned to more of a charred oak and wet paper flavor with still a hint of some underlying tamari still. I smoke my cigars pretty fast and the first few samples became pretty hot into the last third of the cigar. This was not the case when I slowed up on my puffing on the last sample. The leather flavors sometimes cam e back in the last third but this was inconsistent throughout the smokes. The flavors fell flat at the end.
These are retailing in the $7-$8 range. I just don’t see it,…but what the hell, if you like,…splurge away. There was just a crap-ton of releases at this year’s IPCPR that fall in this price category. So there is a lot of competition. The Urban’s lifeline among these cigars may not be long I may fear.
Overall Rating :
An impressive start, then an “eh” ending lands this cigar in the “average” category of smokes. I give 3 stars for decent sticks and this cigar landed right in that area. There is a lot of things I don’t particularly care for in this stick (band, packaging, appearance), but the cigar did bring some good interesting flavors to the foray. And for that much I would recommend this to others, but it just doesn’t cut it for me particularly, especially for the price point. I believe the sub-5 dollar range would be a better bargain for this brand. After smoking this though, I would definitely not be put off to run down and try some of Augusto’s other lines. Cheers!