Giacomo Maduro Robusto (review and giveaway!)

Giacomo Maduro Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaGiacomo's Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each

Thanks to Ryan from Giacomo's Cigars for sending me a sampler!

Giacomo’s Cigars has only been around since 2010, but since that time they have garnered a lot of attention and praise for their innovative cigars. The brand was started by Dr. Jack Guggino, a close friend to the Oliva family.

The Giacomo series is made from tobacco leaves from five different countries: the United States (the Connecticut broadleaf maduro binder), Ecuador (the wrapper), and Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic (the filler leaves). All these tobaccos were grown from Cuban seed. Seven sizes are available: Corona, Robusto, Torpedo, Churchill, Perfecto 102, Perfect 102M, and Lancero. For this review, I smoked the 5.5 x 50 Robusto Maduro.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
This is a simple but elegant looking cigar with a medium-brown wrapper leaf. It is very smooth with an oily sheen and quite a few visible veins. The Giacomo’s band is classy and simple as well, and doesn’t distract from the beautiful wrapper leaf.

Giacomo Maduro Robusto

Construction : ★★★★☆
There were no problems with the draw. It was very comfortable throughout the smoke. The burn line wasn't razor straight but was never a problem as long as I corrected it in time. Light gray ash hung on for a around one inch before dropping off.

Giacomo Maduro Robusto

Flavor : ★★★☆☆
Flavors for this one are very pleasant, but they were lacking when it comes to complexity, nor did they change all that much through the duration of the smoke. Hay, cedar, and natural tobacco flavors dominated, with light touches of cocoa and spice. The spiciness was most prominent in the beginning of the smoke (it was a REALLY spicy start) and on the exhale. While the flavors become balanced a few minutes in, I kept expecting some more evolution. There were no surprises though, and I felt like the flavors never quite lived up to their potential.

Giacomo Cigars Robusto Maduro

Value : ★★★½☆
In terms of price, the Giacomo’s Cigars Robusto is a decent value. You will pay around $6 per stick for these.

Overall Rating : ★★★½☆
In terms of appearance and construction, this is quite a nice cigar. The flavors were a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed what was there, but I kept wanting it to be more. The smooth, pleasant ease and the predictability of the notes might actually be nice for a beginning cigar smoker though, or someone who doesn’t like so many twists and turns. At $6 a stick, it is certainly worth a try, even if like me you may not be planning to go out and buy a box.

Thanks to Ryan and Giacomo's cigars, we've got a sampler of Giacomo Cigars to give away! In order to participate, just leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced in week. Contest open internationally, you must be of legal age to smoke in your country.

156 Comments on “Giacomo Maduro Robusto (review and giveaway!)”

  1. First? I’m in!

  2. Jeff Boldrick says:

    I have yet to see these let alone try them. Looking forward to the possibility!

  3. Unfortunately this cigar is not available in shops near to me

  4. Sounds like a great stick!!

  5. I would like to try those, sounds good.

  6. Looks interesting. Haven’t heard of these before.

  7. Sounds like a decent smoke.

  8. Chad Michaelis says:

    Would love to sample these sticks.
    Lond ashes

  9. Would like to try one.

  10. Marked on the to try list

  11. Never heard of, but would like a try…

  12. Nice size and great price!

  13. Sounds interesting and will try.

  14. $6 i’ll try it!!!

  15. yay! contest!

  16. Never heard of these – sound interesting.

  17. Oh well, the burn and the wrapper are very important.

  18. Mike Voxakis says:

    Burn looks good, draw sounds good, I’m IN!! Roast a few around the campfire before the blizzards of Colorado kick in!! :-)

  19. Do cigars taste better when they are free

  20. Steve Camadeco says:

    I’ll try one please.

  21. Those are some good looking cigars. New to me as well and they sound decent. Might have to give them a try.

  22. Would love to try these.

  23. @HardlyClerkin says:

    I have no idea who these are, but am willing to try. Great review, they sound pretty good

  24. Sounds like a lovely cigar, one I would love to sample.

  25. Lance Besore says:

    These look decent for the price.

  26. Sounds good!

  27. Edwin Camacho says:

    Ok, I better win this. If I don’t win I swear, I will enter the next giveaway.

  28. never heard of them before, would love to try some though

  29. I’d like to try those. Maybe I can find a sampler…

  30. Always looking for new smokes

  31. Love your giveaways! Keep it up :)

  32. Actually, those look very nice!

  33. Love the name. I use the alias “Giacomo Bandini”when checking into hotels.

  34. Maybe worth trying. I’m in!

  35. Kevin Clingaman says:

    I like a cigar with some spice. Can’t wait to try one.

  36. Sounds like I should stick with my Olivas.

  37. Worth a try i’m sure.

  38. Nice review, sounds like a nice budget smoke.

  39. This is a new one to me. Seems to be for a lot of us on here. Great review I like how it’s set up with the star rating. Thanks Cigar Inspector and good luck everyone.

  40. Sounds like a good smoke , haven’t seen them yet

  41. Daddy needs a free sampler!

  42. Bruce Jenkins says:

    I really would like to try this cigar just by the description of
    the way its made.

  43. Mmm… Love me some Broadleaf!

  44. Would love to try a couple of sticks!

  45. Look forward to trying.

  46. I’ve been enjoying some 3 & 4 nation blends. Would like to give these a try.

  47. Would like to give this 5 blend a try

  48. First time to post and hopefully it will payoff!! I could use a sampler.

  49. Big Daddy DJ says:

    Would love to sample this newbie!

  50. I never win these things, except this time…

  51. Keep the reviews coming,
    and thanks for the contest1

  52. Robert S Schuman Sr says:

    Would like to try

  53. Thanks for the review! I haven’t heard of these before.

  54. Miguel Rocha says:

    Thanks for the review and the contest!

  55. I am looking forward to the cedar, and natural tobacco flavors, with light touches of cocoa and spice

  56. Nice looking sticks! Sound interesting.

  57. I need to try these ASAP!

  58. I’ve not heard of Giacomo before- would love to try a sampler.

  59. Sounds like a solid smoke for simple relaxation.

  60. Enjoyed your review, many thanks!

  61. Scott Wilcoxson says:

    Just my price. If I can find them I will buy a few.

  62. Lloyd Ladrillono says:

    Well, they’re certainly worth trying!

  63. I would to win a sampler good luck all

  64. sounds like a reasonably priced stick to try, i always love spice…even if it is only short lasting

  65. A new cigar to look forwards to trying.

  66. Worth a try

  67. Bob Langmaid says:

    Excellent looking cigar and great review! Would love to win this!!

  68. Nicaragua keeps on growing in diversity and quality – these sound intriguing!

  69. Looks like quite a nice smoke. I’ll have to buy a few!

  70. I’m in too

  71. I’m in 2

  72. David bailey says:

    Sounds a good all roind cigar and very reasonably priced. Look forward to trying one.

  73. Donald Santos says:

    They sound great really like to sample them to see for myself, stay smokey

  74. Thanks you for posting a good review so the rest of us will have a better idea what to look for when we’re looking for some new sticks.

  75. Always game for a newbie.

  76. Hmmmm… …sounds intriguing.

  77. Donald Santos says:

    They sound great really like to try these cigars and see for myself

  78. Of interest, I’ve never heard of this cigar or company (which is why I subscribe to this newsletter and others). Too much going on and always something new to peruse and sample. I attempt to keep an open mind at all times when a new stick arrives on the scene (although, this company by all means is not new to the public or industry at large). I mention this as the Giacomo series is produced at NACSA, the Llaneza factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Right there is a wealth of talent and many years of experience (and that goes back to the Cuban embargo date line).

    Excellent wrapper, binder, and blend of tobaccos in the Robusto. However, the Corona and Lancero look right up my alley too. Thank you for the contest and please enter my name in the bucket!

  79. Can’t wait to try

  80. Thanks for the review, always appreciated.

  81. I’m in

  82. Scott Wilson says:

    Great review, and fantastic photos, Thanks for the contest!

  83. Sounds great. Can’t wait for my sampler!

  84. I will give them a try.

  85. I’d be pleased to give them a try!

  86. Gary Patterson says:

    Got a camping trip to Palisades Glacier coming up next month, and these cigars would be great added wait in my pack! May even snap some really great photos for you.

  87. I like the size!

  88. if it’s Italian i’m in!

  89. need to try them for sure!

  90. Nice review

  91. Sounds great would love some

  92. Sounds like an interesting stick

  93. Joel Livingston says:

    Giacomo and football!! What a great time of year!

  94. This sounds like a solid $6 cigar, I’d love to try them.

  95. Never saw these around here. Hoping to try them soon!

  96. Thanks for the good review…. As always! Look forward to trying one.

  97. I applaud how mixed your review is despite the giveaway. It shows great integrity in an industry rife with ridiculous hyperbole and market pressures – the main reason CI is my first look for reviews. There is nothing like discovering a new cigar brand! One of my greatest pleasures in my life and even if I don’t like the stick in the end, and after 20 yrs, I have rarely ever encountered a “dog rocket.” So I’d happy to have the opportunity.

  98. Sounds alright for a rookie like me

  99. Would love to have the change to smoke this stick here in Vientiane for sure you can not buy them

  100. New to me. Would love to try some.

  101. “Hay, cedar, and natural tobacco flavors dominated, with light touches of cocoa and spice.”…sounds like my kind of smoke! Good luck guys!

  102. Thanks for the review. Sounds like a nice one.

  103. Nice straightforward review. Sounds interesting enough to try, and at the price point they might be on to something.

  104. Nice review,
    Would love to try them out ;-)

  105. Good review – looks an interesting cigar.

  106. Andrea Zambiasi says:

    Hu huuu, an Italian name and I’m Italian, perfect combo!

  107. I look forward to trying one, let alone seeing them locally?

  108. Adam Roberts says:

    They sound good. Would love to try them out

  109. Wpukd love to try these.

  110. Have not seen these up here in Canada yet. Would be interested to give it a try.

  111. Yet another good looking stick to try when and if the opportunity presents itself. Thanks for the review and the contest.

  112. James McKinnon says:

    Always look for a new experience when enjoying a cigar.

  113. a comment

  114. I don’t smoke with enough frequency to settle for “meh” on cigars, even at $6 per. These reviews are helpful as much for insight into what to skip as for what to try. Sounds like a “skip” on this one.

  115. Mucksiegooma says:

    I definitely would like to give one of these a try!

  116. Thanks for doing this. Hope I win.

  117. I’d be willing to give them a shot.

  118. Keep up the good work. Will have to try this some time.

  119. Sound like a good cigar. Can’t wait to ry one.

  120. I am always up for trying a new cigar.

  121. like the review, might pick some up next week.

  122. Sounds like a good smoke. A sampler would be a great way to be introduced to the brand. Thanks for the contest.

  123. Thank you for the time and attention

  124. Could be a very nice golf course cigar, where things can happen to a cigar. Will have to watch for them.

  125. As always, thank you!

  126. sounds good– looking forward to trying one

  127. Kenneth Thompson says:

    Love to try one!

  128. Haven’t seen this one before…would be great to try one!

  129. Would love that sampler, I am a beginner so would be perfect for expanding my horizons!

  130. Another honest, straight-forward review. Thanks so much! And, thanks for not overly praising a cigar just because it was free and you have some to give away. That’s somewhat rare in the cigar blog community.

  131. Never heard of these, but always willing to try something new.

  132. Will give it a try

  133. Great review! Looking foreword to trying one!

  134. Sound very tasty..

  135. Mark Newlander says:

    always looking to try something new

  136. Bob Langmaid says:

    Sounds like this stick is right in my wheelhouse! I’ll certainly give em ‘ a try!

  137. Great review and great contest! Sounds like a cigar I would like!

  138. Would like to taste these cigar

  139. Count me in!

  140. Sounds great, thank you!

  141. Would love to try these!

  142. Nick Robusto says:

    Thanks for the review of a nice looking robusto and the contest! Here’s hoping for trying the sampler!

  143. Thanks for the contest for Giacomo Cigars!

  144. Sounds like it delivered what it had.

  145. Derek Hovelkamp says:

    Nice looking cigar! Look forward to trying some either way!

  146. I have never heard of Giacomo cigars, but I do love maduro cigars. I will need to try one of these and see if I agree with your review.

  147. very curious about these. good review!

  148. What we call a bitzer (mix of breeds) here in Australia. But still a good pedigree of tobaccos. Worth a try by the looks of the ratings.

  149. Would like to try

  150. Donald Santos says:

    I’m ready to try them

  151. Love Ecuadorian Sumatra wrappers. Never saw a Connecticut Broadleaf used as a binder though.

  152. Looks good!

  153. I’m in.

  154. I like Nicaraguan cigars. I would love to give this a try!

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