One of three in the H.R. line up the “Blue” boasts a dark velvety Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper but shares the same blend as the other two in the H.R. line up. This cigar is no doubt constructed using top notch product. The only thing we were critical when it comes to the construction of this cigar, is that both samples smoked looked to have made there way to the Pepboys auto center for some patch work. Both cigars appeared to have some initial tearing on the wrapper, and both were “repaired” with a small piece of wrapper leaf to fill the tear. Now that this cigar is around the $10.00 it’s a bit less annoying, however if it were still hovering around $20.00, something like that would have been troubling to us.
The burn was exactly what you would hope for and expect. Minimal consistency issues, both passed our 5 minute hold test with flying colors, and draw that flowed like the salmon of Capistrano.
The flavors of this cigar aren’t overly complex, or too thought out (in a good way), but are very enjoyable regardless. There wrapper offers up a boldness to this cigar that really sets it apart from the Habano and Claro versions. There are some subtle transitions that you will likely experience along the way that will keep you on your toes, but nothing that will cause your panties to drop. This cigar makes a statement, but it does so quietly and without ego.
As mentioned previously, you will pay $10.00 per stick, which certainly isn't out of bounds for an H.R. and we agreed it’s priced exactly where it should be. I think it is worth mentioning that out of the all 3, this one is perhaps the most intense in terms of boldness and overall flavor and we think it may be a bit overwhelming for the novice smoker. If you are looking to experience an H.R. cigar, we would recommend starting with the Claro or Habano first.
La Familia Robaina
The Robaina family has been growing tobacco on the same farm near Pinar Del Rio, Cuba since 1845. In
2010 the Robaina’s expanded their operation by partnering with growers in Nicaragua and Ecuador. The
family is known for growing some of the best tobacco in the world.