Don Bernardo El Caballero Robusto (Review & Giveaway!)

Don Bernardo El Caballero

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Don Bernardo CigarsSize : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Criollo 98
Filler : Dominican Seco, Ligero and Olor, Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder : Dominican Olor
Price : N/A

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Richard Galdieri about reviewing a cigar made by his company, Don Bernardo Cigars.

Don Bernardo is not a very well-known name in the cigar world yet, but Richard started in cigar manufacturing in 1989. You will not find a lot of information yet on this boutique line; El Caballero cigars come in three sizes: Montefino (52 x 6.5"), El Rey (57 x 6"), Robusto (50 x 5"). For this review, I tried out the Robusto.

Disclaimer: cigars for this review were provided free of charge.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
The El Caballero Robusto has a medium brown wrapper. There are some noticeable creases, but overall the appearance is very smooth with only the finest veins. The leaf is very oily and has a distinct gleam to it.

Construction : ★★★★★
Construction is outstanding on this stogie. The burn line was very even and only required minor touchups. Draw was perfect, just tight enough to offer the right amount of resistance.

Flavor : ★★★★☆ (3.75)
Right off the top you get a burst of spices and pepper. This is somewhat in-your-face, but it quickly cools down. Dessert flavors take over: chocolate and espresso and roasted nuts. The dessert flavors dominate the rest of the experience, but the spices and pepper are still there to balance it all out. The flavors are smooth, but the cigar is definitely leaning toward full-bodied. I wouldn’t characterize this flavor profile as particularly unique, but it is very enjoyable.

Value : N/A
The price is still TBA, and these are not yet available to the general public. So I cannot make a comment on the value yet.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
Assuming the price is right, there is nothing to complain about with the Don Bernardo El Caballero Robusto. I very much enjoyed the flavors, and the construction was top-notch. I will be excited to see how these cigars catch on once they are released.

Don Bernardo El Caballero Three-Pack

So what about the giveaway? Courtesy of Richard Galdieri, we've got 10 (!!!) 3-packs of Don Bernardo cigars to give away - just leave a comment on this post to enter!

Contest is open to the US residents only, you must be of legal age to smoke in your state. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced in one week, next Thursday.

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231 Comments on “Don Bernardo El Caballero Robusto (Review & Giveaway!)”

  1. Keith Anderson says:

    Great review and I am very much looking forward to trying one of these sticks. I love a spicy smoke with complexity.

  2. Looks like a great stick!

  3. Tim Dahlman says:

    Review looks very good. Would love to try these !!!!

  4. Edward Harper says:

    interested to see what Don Bernardo cigars are like.

  5. Jeff Kot says:

    Sounds tasty

  6. That review has me revved up to trying one of these bad boys

  7. Great review can’t wait to try it!

  8. Sounds like an interesting, flavorful cigar.

  9. Nathan Ruggles says:

    Very good review, would love to try?

  10. Daniel Peters says:

    Sounds tasty, hope to win a 3 pack!

  11. Scott Kenefake says:

    I love dessert flavors!

  12. KDWaters says:

    I’m a fan of boutique cigars and medium to full with spice. I look forward in trying these sticks and if nothing else, seeing these sticks @ my local shop.

  13. Sounds like a tasty cigar!

  14. Colin S Schaeffer says:

    I’d love to try these.

  15. Looks like a great stick and the flavor profile seems awesome. Can’t wait to try ;)

  16. With the initials DB on the label. If these are avail at my local cigar store and are tasty as they look.
    I will stock up…from a fellow DB…lol

  17. Haven’t heard of them. Sounds good.

  18. A nice Robusto is my favorite. If you get pricing info, please pass it on.

  19. Cody nelson says:

    Amazing reviews! Can’t wait to try them, nothing better than a great cigar while golfing

  20. Sounds like a stick I would like to try

  21. I hope I finally win one of these.

  22. Sounds promising. Look forward to seeing them soon.

  23. Peter Gonzalez says:

    Sweet review! Can’t wait to try!

  24. Sounds interesting. Hope I’m a lucky one.

  25. Matt Lydy says:

    These sound interesting looking forward to trying one sometime!

  26. Boots Hansford says:

    Never heard of those,but I’ll be looking out for them now. Maybe my b&m will have em.

  27. DJ Kozerow says:

    They look and sound great!

  28. Mike Smith says:

    I love a good stick with a oily look and peppery taste. I’am looking forward to giving the El Caballero a try.

  29. Sounds promising. Looking forward to trying these great cigars!

  30. Mike selissen says:

    Anything that says it is sweet/spicy is something I like to try.

  31. robc306 says:

    They look good. Would love to try.

  32. Joshua S says:

    I’m always open to try a new brand! It’s nice to see a name that isn’t so entrenched or established getting some time in the spotlight. And that was a pretty serious review. Sounds like this one may be a winner.

  33. martin Cervantes says:

    New and exciting cigars to blast all over social media, good I hope!

  34. Based on review, sounds like something thats right up my alley! Send them to me so i can do my own review!

  35. Sounds like an excellent cigar that I’d love to try!

  36. Looking forward to trying these.

  37. Michael says:

    Sounds good – thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Jason Gross says:

    Sounds like a great after dinner stick, I would love to try them!

  39. mike roggy says:

    looking forward to trying

  40. Double ligero, sounds pretty full-bodied to me. Will give them a shot. Need to enjoy the new stuff now cause come August FDA is putting the screws down on new releases.

  41. Robert Allenbaugh says:

    Looks like a great stick!!

  42. Wow, these sound fantastic! Great review also

  43. Jimbob Jumpback says:

    I have so often read reviews about the flavors of a reviewed stick with comments of ” chocolate nuance with nutty hints of almonds and cashews with some wafts of cappacino…yards yada yada…..
    Your description is just as appetizing and alluring. Would love to compare your tasting to mine. Send me one of those 3 packs.
    Appreciate the site and your commentary. Thanks

  44. Mucksiegooma says:

    This cigar sounds great! I definitely would love to give it a try.

  45. Bradly Williams says:

    Been looking to try something new, especially on the full-bodied side.this might be a winner.

  46. Good to see unknown blends get a fair shake.

  47. Looking forward to trying one!

  48. Sounds like a winner if the price is right. I can’t wait to get my hands on one to try out for myself! Just hope they beat the FDA DEADline!

  49. Michael F says:

    Everything about this cigar sounds appealing. Hope to try them soon!

  50. Roberto says:

    sounds intriguing…

  51. J. R. White says:

    Sounds worth a try.

  52. Robert Iannacone says:

    I like the size and the review is good so will give them a try if the price is right.

  53. Joe Canez says:

    I’d love to try these!!!! Nice review!

  54. Matt Ross says:

    Thanks for the contest, as always

  55. Jason Schepers says:

    Thanks for the review and the offer.

  56. Arnold Vaughn says:

    Thanks for another great contest

  57. Sounds good looking forward to trying one

  58. Lindsey Lucciannio says:

    Thanks for the review. Sounds like it could be an interesting

  59. Alex Rosinski says:

    Thank you for the review. Sounds interesting. Would love to try those.

  60. Arthur Cairo says:

    Sounds like an interesting cigar,will have to try one.great review.

  61. David Woodard says:

    Very nice looking cigar would
    love to try it.

  62. Tim McCabe says:

    Sounds like this is a good cigar. Hopefully the FDA will change things and we’ll all be able to try these. Thanks and good luck everyone.

  63. Dylan Stansberry says:

    I’d like to give them a try

  64. Thanks for the detailed review. The cigar looks and sounds like a great blend!

  65. Jason Savant says:

    Oooo, i would love to try these! ¡Me gustaría fumarlos!

  66. Thanks for your always informative reviews.

  67. Vrezh Khalatyan says:

    Awesome review ! Sounds like a super premium. The band is generally good looking. I would definitely pick one up. Thank you!

  68. Ross Miller says:

    I’m interested to see what Don Bernardo cigars taste and burn like

  69. Kyle Tripp says:

    Must try this stick.

  70. Thank you!

  71. Not Sure says:

    Sounds like a tasty stick. Can’t wait to try them. With any luck that will be sooner than later

  72. Flavor profile sounds good. Definitely would like to give these a try.

  73. Comment. Now send me my cigars.

  74. Sounds like a tasty stick. Would definitely like to give these a try.

  75. Giggyone says:

    Sounds like a good smoke. Would love to try them out

  76. Kyriakos says:

    Good luck!
    Happy smoking!

  77. Jason Viola says:

    Sounds like a very interesting smoke. The construction seems on point, flavors are there…..just wondering the price point… of luck

  78. Kyriakos says:

    Great review!

  79. Jeff salyer says:

    Can’t wait to try!

  80. Lurker_to_poster says:

    Good review! Thanks for running the contest!

  81. Michael says:

    Great review. Looks like a great cigar.

  82. Great review Anxious to try this stick

  83. Looks like another exquisite addition to the humidor once they are available for purchase. Would be nice to test them out!

  84. Luke Caputo says:

    Sounds like a great smoke!

  85. nice review

  86. nice review.

  87. I’m always down to try a new cigar. Hope I’m one of the lucky ten.

  88. Philip Moses says:

    i an super intrigued! can’t wait to try them!

  89. Leigh Max says:

    Looks like a nice short smoke!

  90. Suhail Tariq says:

    Love full and medium to full cigars. With all the overt and covert tastes hitting my tongue and mouth. Practically a reggae rave happening. My question for the day is….if cigars grown in central America of Cuban seeds, are they really Cuban? If so then what’s the difference between them and the ones actually grown in Cuba?

  91. Thanks CI for another great giveaway!

  92. Steve C says:

    Would be great to try them. I’m always trying new smokes. Thanks for the great reviews and giveaways.

  93. This sounds like a great smoke! It would go well while I sit on back deck, pairing a bourbon, whiskey or cognac with and listen to the birds!

  94. Yet another great review and a great giveaway. Really happy with the website

  95. This sounds like a great cigar to enjoy with some wine out on the back porch on a Saturday night.

  96. I’ll take three please

  97. Fred gentile says:

    Love to try them. I love watching reviews from cigar obsessions with Bryan Glenn. I would love toasting one up.

  98. Kevin W says:

    These sound delicious!

  99. Intriguing!

  100. El Caballero sounds like my kinda smoke. Great review as always.

  101. Texican8 says:

    Count me in! Cigars sound great!

  102. Looks like a very interesting cigar. I would love to try them and share with my cigar-smokin’, scotch-drinkin’ buddy

  103. Daniel DiCosmo says:

    Sounds like an interesting smoke. Anxious to see when they will be available.

  104. Giancarlos Crespo says:

    Hello ! I live in the Dominican Republic. I’ll love to try these cigars!

  105. Keith V says:

    Always willing to try something new.

  106. These sticks sound delicous.

  107. rodiland says:


  108. Fantastic review. Hope to get my hands on these soon.

  109. Nice review this is my type of stick can’t wait to try one when they become available!

  110. mike mccain says:

    love pepper and/or cedar cigars…something to look forward to

  111. Sounds like a great cigar. Honduras has some wonderful cigar factories. I would love to try the Don Bernardo El Cabellero cigar.

  112. Jeff Brown says:

    Looks like an outstanding Robusto. I’ll have to give it a try soon!

  113. Sounds promising. At the right price, it’s definitely worth a shot.

  114. I love trying new boutique cigars. This one looks greatgreat.

  115. Kenny Hwa says:

    Love and sound like a wonderful cigar to enjoy on a Saturday summer night. Can’t wait to try

  116. Sounds like one delicious cigar give away. Would love to try a trio!

  117. Dan Dolen says:

    Please enter me to win. Thanks

  118. Sounds like a delicious cigar give away. Would love to try a trio!

  119. Ken Fellenstein says:

    Look very tasty, one I have never tried!!

  120. Sound like a very nice cigar, good luck everyone.

  121. Fred Humphrey says:

    This sounds like a very good cigar. Can’t wait to try it.

  122. Worth a try

  123. Charles says:

    Would love to give these new smokes a try!

  124. Eric Ford says:

    Looks and sounds delicious

  125. How is it that it’s being marketed yet no price?

  126. A robusto with pepper and spices sounds like a stick destined to grace my humidor. The comments on construction were appreciated. I would enjoy smoking a few sticks with favorite Imperial Stout Beer, namely , 405’s FDR!

  127. Eric Elonen says:

    Awesome sounding cigar!

  128. Jeff Fisher says:

    Sounds like a good stick, look forward to trying one.

  129. I’m ready to win!

  130. Swede214 says:

    Thanks for the give-a-way. Looking forward to smoking these new cigars.

  131. Bruce L. says:

    These sound like a cigar that I have got to try! Hope they carry them locally.

  132. Robert Ritchie says:


  133. In not to win it.

  134. ANDREW KWON says:

    Would like to try!

  135. That box looks brilliant, very ’20s.

  136. Nice review, interested in this stick.

  137. Sounds good, would love to try one!

  138. Andrew C says:

    Hope to purchase and sample when they are released.

  139. Sounds like a great stick to add to my humi!

  140. …I think the odds are in my favor this time!

  141. paul luddington says:

    I love the flavors of chocolate and espresso in a cigar, these are now on my radar.

  142. Awesome

  143. wonderful

  144. Severo Vadi says:

    Bring on the boutique cigars, before the FDA gets involved. Long live Don Bernardo..

  145. Sounds good but I’m not picky I want to try every cigar I can get my hands on.

  146. Aaron Ervin says:

    I would love to try this cigar. I’m new to cigar’s so I would love to try it.

  147. Cavino Johnson says:

    Sounds as though this would pair well with a great single malt scotch or a dark brew. Perhaps following up a lamb or steak meal with a chocolate dessert or café. It’d be interesting to see the price points on all 3 sizes. Good luck, everyone.

  148. Robert Cloughley says:

    Seems like a nice burn but prefer a Maduro and can i get it from JR’s?

  149. Paul W. says:

    Sounds like an interesting new cigar to try out. Did you ever notice how free cigars always taste better!

  150. Sounds like a great cigar. Right up my alley!

  151. Joe Mazloom says:

    Good looking stick,nice sheen and the construction looks very good! Looking forward to trying these!

  152. US residents only? But I can almost taste these after reading the review…..

  153. The review makes them sound amazing and the photos enhance what looks to be a great cigar.

  154. That’s a BEAUTIFUL color right there.

  155. Herman Rosario says:

    Always ready to try something new. To go where no man has been, New Frontier

  156. These sticks look like they’re worth trying. Best of luck to all.


    looks like a great cigar!

  158. Shame giveaway not for UK (or outside US) but always good to support good new manufacturers, they are often hungry to get it right

  159. interesting, looking forward to get some cigars

  160. James Saylor says:

    Looks and sounds like a great smoke

  161. Bob Langmaid says:

    Very nice, would love to try one!

  162. Robert George says:

    This cigar sounds like it would be a great compliment to my single pot still Irish whiskey.

  163. Shannon Cox says:

    In a world where things have be organic, activated, fermented, non-gm, antioxident, gluten/dairy/sugarfree, it’s good that some things are what they are. Long live the cigar…well, at least until it’s served its purpose.

  164. This is will let me enter the non Cuban cigar world , looking forward to it

  165. Full bodied
    Perfect draw
    Even burn

    Fits my criteria spot on can i have one please

  166. Good review and good luck to the manufacturer in his endeavours.

  167. Michael Andolini says:

    Looks really really nice … & as I deserve 1 (package of 3), I hope I get 1 (package of 3) … approx next THU?!

    Kidding – looks promising, would like to try these …

  168. Paul Walker says:

    Sounds awesome! Would love to try these

  169. Great review. I love full bodied smokes and a good medium-full. Sounds like this stick is well constructed and delivers an appealing flavor profile. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you so much for the review and opportunity to win.

  170. Christopher Harrell says:

    I am all in looks like it could be a good smoke!!!!

  171. Thanks for the great review. Yet another to put on the must try list when it becomes available.

  172. Michael Barrett says:

    Great review, looks like a solid cigar.

  173. Louis Gerak says:

    A full bodied cigar with some “afetr dinner” type flavors. Would love to try…

  174. David Wittmaier says:

    Sounds like a great stick, I would love try!

  175. It would be awesome to win these sticks! I’m always looking for something new to try.

  176. Vincent Barbato says:

    Me gusta.

  177. William Williams says:

    I have smoked many of Richie’s cigars and they’ve always been excellent. Can’t wait to try these.

  178. R. Bruce Barton says:

    Thank you for the review and for the chance to win a taste!!

  179. Emil Anic says:

    A strong start with a smooth smoke recommends this cigar. An even burn line and some draw is the mark of a well constructed cigar.

  180. Don Vincente' says:

    Like the flavors, look great

  181. I find your 5 star rating system leaves much to interpretation and Makes it difficult to compare how your reviews would stack up to others using the 100 point scale. For example, a 3.75 flavor rating would equal 75 on the 100 point scale and other than the commentary, would lead me to believe that compared to many cigars, this would fall short in this category. 4 out of 5 stars would represent 80 etc. Perhaps this is your intent. At any rate, I find your reviews to be very well done and enlightening and as subjective as rating cigars is, still enjoyable and a pleasure to look forward to read and at the very least, after trying many 90 plus rated cigars that were undesirable, maybe the star ratings is the way to go.

  182. tcarblu says:

    I’m looking forward to trying them.

  183. Nice reviews!.

  184. Thanks for the review

  185. Would love to smoke one

  186. Love to try them out. Always looking some special.

  187. dave berger says:

    Sounds like a good addition to my humi

  188. Malcolm says:

    I’d like to try these. Maybe the local shop will get them as well.

  189. Linda j says:

    Can’t wait to try them!

  190. Not a big fan of spice but if the flavors are as balanced as you say they are, I would definitely like to try them out.

  191. Bennett says:

    Spice and pepper from a Dominican. Can’t wait to try one!

  192. Yippeee – sticks, giveaway, nice – whats not to like.

  193. I am new to cigar smoking, I find it very helpful to read about different cigars, thank you.

  194. Based on the blend and the description…looks extremely delicious! Please let luck be my friend so I can win a 3 pack!

  195. Mark Howsam says:

    Looking forward to trying a new gar.

  196. Les Brady says:

    I’m anxious to try these…!

  197. Jmorena says:

    Reads like a good cigar.

  198. Dale's Clone says:

    Soooo…how often can I enter? FER GOD’S SAKE, I WANT THESE CIGARS!

  199. Joel Mandel says:

    I look forward to smoking these with a glass of rum.

  200. Dimitrios says:

    Great review!

  201. Really great review . Would love to try them.

  202. Sounds great, let me at ’em! Thank you for giving us a chance at these.

  203. Perietta Migranté says:

    the flavour profile of the cigars sounds delicious! thx 4 the contest!

  204. Dave H. says:

    Sounds really good. Love to try some.

  205. raymond klouda says:

    good looking stick

  206. Jerry Kells says:

    These sound great!

  207. Lightest says:

    Sounds like a fine stick. I love trying new blends.

  208. Jonathon Long says:

    Love to give them a try – thanks for the review!

  209. Larry Stocker says:

    THANK You the time that you dedicate to this page. Your periodic reviews are greatly appreciated. Please keep them coming. Best regards, L.S.

  210. Sounds like a beautiful cigar! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  211. …I would LOVE to try these…Always interested in new product!

  212. Great review

  213. Barry Paul says:

    Always up for trying a new cigar especially ones I have not tried before.

  214. panagiotis says:

    looks beautyfull i would love tosmoke them!

  215. Solid review, would love to add these to my humidor, starting to get low now that summer has started.

  216. Marc Soukup says:

    nice review, going to keep my eye out for one of these at the cigar shop!

  217. Nice review. I’m always up for trying a new stick.

  218. Is it Thursday yet?

  219. Sounds like a great smoke!

  220. TriMarkC says:

    Always interested in trying new cigars! And sharing what I find, too!

  221. Sounds like a great stick (or 3;-)
    I have the perfect spot in my humidor for 2…. The other in my hand.
    Always look forward to a new blend.

  222. Joel Livingston says:

    I would love a chance to personally review these cigars! Here’s hoping I win!

  223. Allinton says:

    Never heard of this brand before but from the ratings it sure looks promising. Would love to try one someday and see how it is myself.

  224. Brandon Oakes says:

    These sound great! I hope I can try these!

  225. Tegdude says:

    Sounds like these sticks are right up my alley. Looking forward to trying them.

  226. sounds like a nice cigar, would love to try them.

  227. Very good review! Look forward to giving it a try.

  228. Tim Reynolds says:

    sounds like a great smoke.. would love to try them

  229. Mmmmmm, ligero!

  230. Mary Duduit says:

    I would love to introduce my son to these cigars. It has all the tastes and flavors he enjoys.

  231. Nice review on what sounds to be a great stogie! Thanks!

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