Cigar Assessor

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Raices 1941 Robusto

Robusto: 5 1/4 x 52
Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan

My friend and fellow cigar lover Casey Aldulaimi, turned me on to a Raices cigar one night. A cigar  I enjoyed so much, when he placed another in my hand, I decided to save it for a review. This cigar is is a collaboration between Alec Bradley Cigars and the Raices Cubanas factory which is located in Danli, Honduras.
I waited until after a dinner of baked white fish over spinach to pour myself and Irish coffee with Hennessy Black and walked outdoors to smoke the Raices robusto. This well-constructed, chocolate brown, minimally veined cigar, didn't have any soft spots and it's foot smelled like Hersey's Cocoa. The stick omitted a hay and sweat smell. After clipping the cap, I took a dry draw and found it to be open and tasted cinnamon and hay. I toasted the foot and cedar and a mild vanilla were the first flavor notes I tasted. As I smoked on I detected a creaminess flavor to the cigar along with hints of nuts, cocoa and white pepper in this first third. The ash was grey and dense with streaks of black and the burn was almost even. The smoke was full creamy smoke billowing from this stick.

As the even burn entered the second third, the smoke continued pumping out full and creamy and the ash held it's form almost to the halfway point before it fell for the first time. Hints of coffee, cocoa, nuts and white pepper are the notes I tasted. The band came off without incident of tearing and there weren't any cracks of defects underneath.

The last third and flavor notes of cedar, spice, citrus and salt are what I experienced in this fine cigar. The dense grey ash fell again and the burn remained even and the smoke full and creamy. I smoked this cigar until I couldn't hold it anymore. 

The Raices cigar was an excellent smoke with a creaminess I haven't found in many cigars. This cigar is great for anytime of the day or night. I give this cigar the Cigar Assessor Approved Cigar stamp and recommend if you see this cigar you give this stick a try. You'll be glad you did. - October 2, 2013

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