Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 120 x 20 mm (5 x 50)
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Ecuador Sumatra
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$9 each
Pléiades is a relatively new brand (created in 1984) that was discontinued shortly after the 90's cigar boom. Today, the Altadis protégé is back with a regular line and a special XX Anniversary blend. This blend was a limited edition in the beginning (2004, only the grand robusto vitola was available) but as it has encountered great success, it became a line on its own. Manufactured at La Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic under the supervision of José Seijas, they are now available in 4 more classic formats, progressively introduced: petit robusto, corona, robusto and belicoso. In this review, we are looking at the 5 x 50 robusto.
The oscuro maduro wrapper, grown in Ecuador, looks tasty and is pleasant to the touch. The vitola is rather heavy and feels like an expensive smoke.
Great construction here. Perfect draw during the pre-light inspection - roasted coffee and black pepper notes. I had no problems whatsoever with the burn or the draw; the lighting was quick and easy. The almost-white ash held for over one inch.
The first third is surprisingly subtle, I detect an elegant cedary flavor and an unusual taste of cloves. The palette also contains notes of white pepper. It is medium-bodied and complex. Roasted coffee and black pepper notes are added in the second third, making the bouquet truly interesting. It becomes even creamier in the last third, with a hint of sweetness.
It's a good purchase, IMO. You can also look for the short robusto version, which is even cheaper with a similar flavor profile.
Overall Rating :
What I liked the most is the fact that it's hard to think of a similar cigar. Indeed, the XX Anniversary blend is very original and you're sure to remember it for a long time. It was a very nice change from cigars that I smoke regularly (Party Shorts or Petit Edmundo).