Size: 5 ½ X 54
Wrapper: San Andres
Filler: Nicaragua / Honduras
Being a fan of the San Lotano line as you can see from my earlier review of the Habano and Connecticut, today I decided to review the San Lotano Maduro Robusto. I pour a splash of Glenlivet 18 into a glass, put on some jazz and sit back and relax.
I pinch the cigar from its cellophane wrapper and smell chocolate from the foot. I take the cigar completely out and the aroma I get from sniffing the stick is chocolate and hay. This box pressed chocolate colored cigar has minimal veins and is well constructed. I clip the cap with my Xikar cutter and take a nice dry draw and get a spice taste of pepper. I toast the foot and a nice open draw of strong cedar flavor enters my mouth. The smoke is medium full and the draw is smooth and open.
The first third of this smoke and notes of espresso and black pepper are the dominate flavors. The burn is almost even and the smoke is now kicking full and creamy. The grey ash is holding strong and staying in form.
The second third and notes of leather is a new flavor I taste along with the spicy pepper. The ash held on until almost half way into the smoke before falling. The burn is still slightly uneven. Both bands come off without problems and no defects or cracks underneath.
The last third and the flavor becomes bitter. Bitter coffee has taken over with hints of leather. The ash fell again and the burn becomes uneven. The smoke becomes medium full.
Being a fan of both the San Lotano Habano and Connecticut, I feel they could have done better with the Maduro. It’s not a bad cigar but after smoking a few of these I wouldn’t place it in my top Maduro cigars and would pass on it. This stick always left me unsatisfied and my head slightly spinning when I was finished smoking. -April 7, 2013
Robert Anthony Meyers