September 11, 2007
Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 x 19.05 mm
Ring : 48
Weight : 10.86 g
Price : ~$230 for a box of 25
Possibly some of the best tobacco to ever pass through my lips. In every aspect, I was very pleased with the Vegas Robaina Famosos.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
This medium-length cigar is very smooth in appearance, the occasional vein adding to the allure of the deep chocolate hue. Very masculine appearance.
Construction : [rating:5/5]
Excellent construction, not too tight, not too lose. Incredible halo of smoke. Possibly the smoothest burn that I have ever had the pleasure to witness.
Flavor : [rating:5/5]
The first taste is powerful, taking you to a pure unspoiled beach at sunset, with a cherry flavor that lingers on your lips like candy. This wonderful tropical sensation continues as you take the first third in. Pure delight. The second third still has the same sweetness, yet with more of a fir or pine sensation lingering in your mouth and on your lips. You just want to keep licking your lips. Amazing. The final third seems to intensify, requiring far less strength in your draw, but if taken in lightly, you still maintain the flavorful sensation.
Value : [rating:5/5]
Worth every dollar that you are willing to spend on it. Excellent smoke for any occasion! Most certainly worth more than the cost.
Overall Rating : [rating:overall/5]
If I have ever smoked a five star cigar, the Famosa is it. It is the cigar for any occasion, any time of day.
August 16, 2016
How have I missed out on this cigar!!!! After reading this review I bought a box. I have been missing out. Absolutely delicious and so well made. When you are sitting in a group of people outside a bar and almost everyone is telling you how great your cigar smells you know you are hitting all the marks for a great cigar. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
November 15, 2015
Vegas Robaina is one of Habanos SA newer brands. The Robaina family has been growing the finest Cuban wrapper leaves since the beginning of the 21st century and it was only in 1997 that the first Vegas Robaina cigars were introduced to the market. Don Alejandro Robaina used to say that his cigars had the “old school” strong and refined flavours. The Famoso is a Hermoso No.4, measuring 127 x 48 ring gauge and is presented in dress boxes of 25 cigars. The cigar in my review seems seems relatively young and fresh (box code is unknown).
Appearance & Prelight 13/15
The Famoso is a very well constructed cigar. It has a dry brown wrapper, with a fine texture and some very weak veins. A light green hue is present in some spots. It is well packed, feels solid around the head and the triple cap is rounded and very well applied. Strong aromas of almond and oak are present on the foot of the cigar. Prelight draw is excellent.
Flavour & Body 22/25
On the very first draw, the cigar gives you a distinctive punch of coffee and roasted chestnuts. Smoking through the first half, it gets more sweet, complex and balanced, producing the traditional smooth Robaina flavours; earth, wood and chocolate, followed by coffee and nuts. Medium in body and strength, it never gets too overpowering. As you smoke it further, the flavours become less intense, the body gets fuller and the cigar gets more toasty. It is very enjoyable until the middle of the last third, when it gets slightly hot and harsh.
Draw & Burn 23/25
The draw is great from the very beginning. In the first third, the smoke has a thin texture, but gets fuller as you go further down, leaving a long and sweet aftertaste. The cigar burns evenly and consistently all the way through. The ash is loose on the first third too and falls off quickly, but it is more solid in the second third and reaches more than an inch in length before it falls off, leaving a nice pyramid shaped coal on the cigar.
Overall impression 33/35
The Famoso is a very enjoyable cigar and I have found it to be very consistent. Like all the Robaina cigars, its construction is almost perfect, with the only exception being some green marks found on the wrapper of this cigar. Very enjoyable and smooth, with the body and flavours developing throughout without changing dramatically. The draw and is exceptional and the burn smooth and consistent all the way. Some age would definately be an advantage and could add some more depth and balance.
January 9, 2015
What can I say..think the Robaina is a classier version of Hoyo de Monterray and H Upmann..u want to pay full attention to the flavors.
November 30, 2014
Couldn’t agree more with this review. VR Famosos is good anytime cigar at a reasonable price. Ash holds extremely well and there’s flavor throughout. Not a complex cigar. Simple. Consistent.
July 18, 2014
Discovered these quite by mistake. I bought a 5 pack because they seemed dirt cheap for Cubans. I remember taking the first one out and was surprised at the beauty and the weight they had in my hand. After the first pull I knew I had stumbled apon gold. Now I have a box in the humi all the time. I have noticed the price creeping up though. I think the word is getting out but I glad they are still unknown.
March 30, 2014
I received one of these from canadian cigar.com cigar club. Not impressed at all. Very poor construction, loose and messy. Makes me wonder if they are selling real Cubans… Perhaps some purchased in person will yield results more in line with the rest of the reviews
September 24, 2013
Very impressive. Wonderful build and burn. Smooth, creamy, interesting flavors include leather, some sweetness, nice flavor evolution. In middle some medium cocoa. Very pleased.
August 28, 2012
disappointing, started quite well, bit of leather, bit of sweetness but not much development and lost balance already around the half-way point. not bad but poor value.
July 12, 2012
I could not agree more with this review. Vegas makes an exceptional product and as a Vegas fan I am glad that for the most part this brand is still under the radar. Many of us veteran cigar smokers know that most cigar smokers will reach for the Montecristo, Cohiba or Romeos when purchasing cigars. The fact that these sticks are not usually the go to cigar of most new smokers means that their price is still very reasonable compared to other similarly sized cigars. Every smoker should have a few Famosos in their humidor.
December 2, 2010
These are becoming my go to cigar lately. Perhaps my favorite regular production cuban, especially towards the middle. A vastly underrated cigar. I am quickly making my way through a box as I think about smoking them all the time.
October 4, 2010
I am totally agree whith Mr. Graham, a 5 stars puro for one of the best smoke in Cuba.Rich and elegant a J.Sukling’s capuccino style
March 22, 2010
This is, without a doubt, my favourite robusto on the market!
It has great construction, and lovely flavour development. Leather into dark chocolate and berries, followed by creaminess and more leather, then a blast of spice to finish.
I find them to have many of the same qualities of a great, smooth gin, especially through the middle section of the cigar.
November 7, 2009
I currently own a LPM April 2008 box. Have smoked 4, so far, not much flavor. Waiting for them to come around. Probably the best looking cigars in my collection.
February 15, 2009
Underratted! (Well, mostly not even MENTIONED!)
Bliss for the price. Even whoops the legendary Cohiba Robusto.
November 15, 2007
Wow, that’s about all I can say. I like me a good powerful smoke, and this was one of them. This might take the little smokers down a notch or two though.
September 11, 2007
I was given this one as a gift. I was pleasantly surprised (thought it might be too young) – it was fairly full-bodied, with flawless burn and construction and enjoyable woody smoke with leather.
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