Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
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 : Rating:
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.
Construction : Rating:
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.
Flavor : Rating:
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.
Value : Rating:
In terms of price, the Giacomo’s Cigars Robusto is a decent value. You will pay around $6 per stick for these.
Overall Rating : Rating:
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.