Origin : Cuba
Format : Maestro
Size : 165 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Release : 2007
Price : ~$13 each
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Vegas Robaina Maestros is the first regional edition for Spain, released in 2007 and distributed by Altadis SA. It is slightly longer than your regular robusto, at 5.6 x 50. This cigar was my main target when I visited the cigar shops in Madrid. I found it without much trouble at approximately $13 each. I smoked one straight away but it was almost plugged. The remaining 2 cigars for this review have been resting 2 weeks in the humidor.
The Maestros look good. The wrapper, with a couple of visual imperfections, has some obvious bloom and smells wonderfully (although that smell is quite faint). The cigar is very hard to the touch and has no soft spots. The level of oil is moderate.
The construction is not flawless. The first cigar suffered from draw issues and the burn wasn't perfectly straight on the other ones. However, it did not really detract from the experience.
This is where it becomes interesting. The pre-draw is quite spicy, no surprise. Upon lighting, I find an entertaining mix of black pepper, coffee and earth, with earth dominating. In the second third, the flavors become more round and the pepper and wood are more prominent. The bouquet is really rich, on the roasted/toasted side. The last third is surprisingly sweet as I witness another change in flavors; the spice is completely gone and the coffee/latte notes bring the sweetness.
The cigar prices are significantly lower in Spain than in most other European countries, this is why this regional edition is rather affordable. Good value.
Overall Rating :
I really hope that the construction issues that I experienced are rare. If this is the case, I can recommend picking up a box of Maestros if you find yourself in Spain one day. On the other hand, according to what I've heard about this cigar, it was supposed to be one of the best regional editions ever released, which I am not sure I agree with.