Pléiades XX Anniversary Robusto

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    Pléiades XX Anniversary Robusto

    PleiadesOrigin : 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.

    Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
    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.

    Construction : [rating:5/5]
    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.

    Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
    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.

    Value : [rating:3.5/5]
    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 : [rating:4.5/5]
    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).

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    • hzleyes

      JR Cigars sells the Pleiades

    • Daize

      Just smoked a Pleiades XX aniversaire belicoso. It must have been a dud, because all I got was alot of bitterness a poor burn and a overly peppery profile with a tad of leather. No amount of purging and touching up could save it. It burned very hot at the start, I managed to get it cooled down. Looked good before I burnt it, asides from a very sloppily applied band.
      First and last time, don’t want to take the risk.

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      John, to be honest with you I couldn’t find a place to purchase them online. I’ll keep looking though.

    • John V

      I too have smoked and enjoyed Pleiades in the past, and this review piqued my interest. Unfortunately, my Google searches came up dry. Any ideas on where I can buy them?

    • MonkeyDan

      I love Pleiades of old. Back in the early 1990’s these were solid smokes. The Vintage 1992 with green band still remains one of my all-time favorite smokes. Since moving to France, the Pleiades all though very good, remain extremely overpriced. With that said, I must find and smoke XX Aniversary. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Jason T

      I really like the Pleiades that I’ve smoked. I haven’t smoked these, but they sound interesting.

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