Wrapper: Corojo (Country?)
Tobaccos: Colombian, Ligero 1996, Olor Dominicano, Seco Cubano.
Size: Robusto 5x52
Price: $6.00 or less.
The only American distributor of Amero cigars is Rancho Maduro in Reno, NV. Owner, Ken Ballone will bend over backwards to help you…customer service is paramount with Ken. You can also check out his Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/rancho.maduro
There is next to nothing about this cigar on the internet, which I find unusual. Apparently, it is very, very boutique.
I have already smoked one of these sticks and enjoyed it immensely. I smoked the Lancero. Today, it will be the Robusto and I’m curious about the differing flavor profile. I cannot find any information on who the blender is. Is he hiding? Because, he shouldn’t be. He’s made a very nice blend.
I love a corojo blend. I believe that a good corojo should have a minimum of standards for calling itself that. First of all, spice is going to weave through the cigar. It will ebb and flow and intensify toward the end. It should also have an earthiness about it as well as a nice sweetness.
I find the combination of tobaccos in this cigar absolutely mind blowing. It’s a flotsam and jetsam of odd combinations that should make this cigar very interesting.
The aesthetics of the stick are a bit rustic. Color is a nice chocolate brown. A lot of veins and the cap is kind of sloppy. But the cigar is firm in the hand. No hard or soft spots.
The pre-light sniff is barnyard, a little leather, a tiny bit of spice and cinnamon.
The cap clips cleanly and I’m ready to go. I get a nice blast of spice ala’ Garcia cigars. For me, that’s a good start. It draws cleanly and beautifully. Smoke just pours out of the foot. I’m getting, along with the spice, the beginnings of creaminess. A very nice cedar and leather flavor.
The cigar is a light medium at this point. Spice is tickling my tongue. I can say, unequivocally, that I prefer the robusto to the lancero. Complexity is already building half an inch in. And the char line is almost dead nuts perfect. I wish I had a good camera and equipment because I’d love to take some photos of the voluminous smoke emitting from this little stick.
An inch in, the spiciness settles down a bit. I have a feeling it will ramp up again later in the smoke.
Just past the first third, I get a sour taste…like grapefruit. I should state for the record that I’ve only had these cigars a short time. I can taste great potential in these sticks but I think they will do better after a few months when given a chance to really rest.
I keep smoking and it’s not grapefruit….it’s dried apricot. I know, I know. It’s silly, but that is a distinct flavor. Dried fruit. The ash is solid and doesn’t want to jettison.
At the halfway point, the cigar develops a very distinct profile. The body is a strong medium. It has a well rounded flavor profile of spice, some creaminess, tart dried fruit, sweetness, and a meaty tobacco taste.
I was right. The spice begins to ramp up. I’m a huge fan of spice which probably makes me unsophisticated, but I grew up in Southern California and the spicier the Mexican food, the better.
Now, when I make my own salsa in the food processor, I drive the family and the animals upstairs and I hear door slam shut. I use habaneros, serranos, and jalapenos. It actually feels like I’m having a panic attack when I grind the peppers. The aroma makes me lose my breath. So sue me. I like spicy.
While the cap appeared sloppy, it has stayed in good form. No bits and pieces between my teeth.
Just past the halfway mark, a bit of cocoa shows up. And the sourness has gone leaving just a nice sweet dried fruit flavor that meshes nicely with the cocoa and spice.
The amount of tobacco stuffed into this stick is just perfect. It turns out to be a nice 90 minute smoke. Everything is ramping up now. The spice. The lovely creaminess. The cocoa. The leather. The sweetness. Obviously, it is priced more than fairly. In fact, with a different band on it, this cigar might go for $8-$10.
As I nub the cigar out, I am completely satisfied. The multitude of tobacco combinations worked with each other beautifully. I’m not a big fan of DR cigars (I like Nicaraguan) but this is something else. It had the love and care of a dedicated blender. If I were asked where the cigar came from, I would probably say Nicaragua.
I would love to see more info on the Rancho Maduro web site about the provenance of this fine cigar. I have a couple more and they will sit quietly in my humidor for at least a couple months. I will update my review at that time.
I highly recommend this cigar. And the pricing at $6 or less is fantastic!
If you buy a 5 pack, the price dips to $4.80 each! Thanks to Ken for the taste.