Review La Dueña No.5 Robusto

I’ve read that this cigar is a tribute to Janny Garcia, blended by Pete Johnson and distributed through My Father Cigars. What do you get with such a collaboration of such great cigar makers? A home run! I recently purchased a couple of these at Total Tobacco Newtown Square Pa. Yes, I will be going back for more.

The construction was beautiful, very minimal veins, and packed perfect. A pre light sniff offered up some dark chocolate, spice, and a sweet note. The foot gave me more spice, dark chocolate, and earth. A straight cut and the cold draw sent more dark chocolate, earth, and spice. Toasting time, smoking time…

The first few puffs had me excited. A wonderful blend of pepper at the forefront, dark chocolate, earth, and a sweet note. I was having trouble identifying the sweet note, so I’ll just have smoke another and study it more. The first third was a flavorful one, combining the mentioned flavors. The burn was excellent, producing the perfect amount of sweet smelling smoke, and a dark grey ash that was a tad flakey but nothing bothersome.

The second third was all together another delight. The pepper faded away a bit but was still in the background. The sweet note enhanced into the profile and seemed to take on almost a fruity flavor. Like I said I’ll have to push myself to smoke another to pinpoint the sweetness, such a hard sell that’ll be. The dark chocolate took on a little more of a bitter note and the earth faded a little as the pepper. Still burning beautifully.

The final third added a light touch of leather. The sweet note faded a bit and seemed to give some power back to the pepper. The dark chocolate stayed on the bitter side and the earth wasn’t that present. The cigar stayed cool all the way to the nub, and I was sad to see it go, but happy I’d had the pleasure in smoking it.

Absolutely another great cigar for 2012. Pete Johnson and the Garcia family have always provided excellent smokes and they reassert how good they are together with this offering. As a tribute to Janny Garcia, I don’t know if it could get much better. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

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