Origin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf (Maduro)
Filler : Nicaragua/Mexico
Price : $147.99 for a box of 20
The PIO Resurrection line is a new release from PIO cigars based in Miami, FL. Alberto Medina came back to the cigar market after some legal issues with the PIO Overture 1996. The Resurrection line comes in three vitolas: a Churchill, a Torpedo, and the featured Robusto. The cigars are box-pressed which can be seen by the cigar’s perfect square shape.
The cigar’s color is that of a dark chocolate bar. There seem to be darker black blotches around the cigar which took some of the esthetic qualities away from the cigar. One can see 1 vein running the length of the cigar. The wrapper did not exhibit any oily sheen.
The cigar felt firm to the touch. The cigar had a very nice light feel in the hands. Maybe this ergonomic effect is due to the fact that the cigar is box-pressed.
The band was large, and it had the word “PIO” in very large block letters written in the band. It also had the words “Resurrection” and Miami written in smaller letters. The band is primarily bronze in color with some black where Resurrection and Miami are written.
The cigar is single capped, and it seems that the cigar is very well held together by just this cap.
The ash was dark grey, and it looked well put together. At the beginning of the smoke, the burn was very even; however, a canoeing effect developed. Also, the wrapper seemed to blister a bit around the burn line. The ash also started to flake a bit around that blister line. I fixed the canoe with the lighter, and the cigar continued to burn evenly. However, towards the second half of the cigar, the canoe returned. In my opinion, this canoe is due to some issue with the rolling of the cigar. I let the cigar go out completely and cut the offending part of the cigar; then I re-lit it; no such luck as the canoe came back. I decided to pitch the cigar at this point.
About an inch of ash was obtained before tapping it off in the ashtray.
The smoke from the cigar was slightly abundant, and it rose and dissipated fairly quickly.
Removing the band was no problem, and none of it stuck to the cigar.
The wrapper had a herbally/floral scent to it, while the foot featured more of a hay smell. The head had a slight peppery taste which was not overwhelming at all.
I used a Cigar Spike in this cigar as I did not want to disturb the cap; I figured a V-cutter or a guillotine cutter may be too much for this cigar. A punch cutter would work just as well.
During the pre-light draw, it felt like notes of molasses were the primary taste. The draw was pretty good.
The taste and retrohale felt like roasted nuts; speaking of the retrohale, this cigar felt very comfortable in the nasal passages. It did not burn, and it left a pleasant sensation in the nose. Hints of roasted coffee also became apparent during the first third of the cigar.
After cutting the canoe portion, the cigar had more nutty notes to it.
At around $8.00 per stick, this cigar has a complex flavor profile; however, the construction issues experienced diminish the value of the cigar. Besides flavor, cigar smokers like a cigar that smokes evenly. To me, I should not have to take time away from enjoy a smoke to fix construction issues which should be caught by the manufacturer in their quality control.
Overall Rating :
I had two of these PIO Resurrection robustos, and both had these burn issues. The second cigar was slightly better, but still, it was just something that I do not want to deal with when I am smoking a cigar. I would hope that Albert Medina can address and fix these in the next release of the PIO Resurrection robustos.