Pacific Cigar Company Robusto

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Pacific Cigar Company Robusto

Pacific Cigar Company Robusto - 1Brand: Pacific Cigar Co.
Vitola: Robusto
Length: 4.50
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Origin: Dominican Republic
Price: $7.75 each

The Pacific Cigar Company was established in 1990 and is based out of Lemont, Illinois. In addition to having a presence here in the United States, the Pacific Cigar Company also has a facility in the Philippines and Dominican Republic.

The company goal is to challenge and change the means and methods of making and packaging cigars for the purpose of creating a cigar like no other.

This Dominican made variety of Pacific Cigar Company Robusto consists of a binder and filler made up of tobacco from the San Victor region of the Cibao Valley. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Shade Grown Connecticut seed.

Pre light:
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With a quick push from my thumb, I opened the vacuum sealed end of my plastic tubo. After the air rushed into the canister I removed the cigar from its plastic tomb and gave it a looking over. I found the wrapper to be free of defects and soft to the touch. When pinched from head to foot I found several soft and hard spots throughout. After clipping the head I found the pre light draw to be mildly sweet with a fairly loose draw.

First Third:
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After a quick toast and light I had my Pacific Cigar Company Robusto evenly lit and producing a generous supply of smoke. The initial flavor was mildly sweet and pleasant while the finish was harsh and rough on the palate.

After a few minutes of puffing the harshness mellowed out a bit but remained very much in the picture. The body throughout the first third was in the mild-medium range. The flavor remained mildly sweet with a nutty aftertaste.

The ash was light in color and flaky. The burn line was thick and blistering while maintaining a fairly even burn. The burn rate seemed a bit fast and at times during puffing I could hear the tobacco in the cigar burning.

Second Third:
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After about forty minutes of smoking I found myself into the second third of my Pacific Cigar Company Robusto. The body remained mild-medium while the harshness of the finish settled out a bit more. Even with the reduced harshness the smoke was still a little rough on the palate.

The base flavor shifted to a traditional Dominican tobacco flavor with a mild saltiness and woody flavor. The secondary flavor remained nutty and added a bit of complexity to the smoke.

The draw remained a bit loose while providing a hearty supply of dense smoke which was easily passed through the sinuses. The burn line became much thinner as the cigar got shorter while the burn rate remained a little fast for my liking.

Final Third:
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After about ninety minutes I reached the final third of my cigar. The body remained in the mild to medium range while the finish picked up slightly in terms of harshness. The harshness was washed away with a sip of coffee but definitely put a damper on the experience.

The base flavor remained that of Dominican tobacco with additional flavors of wood and nuts in the background. The wood and nut flavors kept the cigar interesting but were overpowered by the harshness of the finish.

The burn rate was about average at this point while the resting smoke was light and aromatic. The burn line remained thin and was slightly wavy. The draw continued to be a little loose for my taste but provided me with a nice supply of thick smoke.

My Thoughts:
Overall I enjoyed the flavors of my Pacific Cigar Company Robusto but struggled with the harshness. I think that if the stick was removed from its vacuum sealed tube and laid to rest in the humidor, the air exchange may do it some good and resolve the harshness issue.

I also think that $7.75 is a lot of money to pay for a cigar of this caliber. While I’m sure that there is a lot of additional cost with the packaging and consignment operation, it doesn’t justify the bottom line, at least in my mind. If these were to come down a few dollars per singe I would give them another shot in the future, but at the current price I would definitely pass on them.

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14 thoughts on “Pacific Cigar Company Robusto

  1. Walt, I gather the tube cigars will always bring up the question, do you break the seals / take off the caps before putting them in your humidor? Sounds like y would vote yes.
    I’m surprise the cigar took that lond to smoke.

  2. Jimmie,
    I do not break the seal in most cases. This cigar seems to be designed to be totally sealed to prevent air transfer for long the long term.

    I’m a very slow smoker, so while it may seem like a very long time to some, it felt like it had an average smoke time.


  3. Walt, your a trooper! i would’ve put that shit down a LONG time ago. i think i’ll pass on this cigar and the brown spots on the ash? …. looks gross, never seen that before.

    as always, its a great video! thanks for sharing!

  4. I smoked a Partagas 160 which did the exact same thing with the brown.yellow streaks in the ash. I had never seen it before and thought it was very odd. It wasnt on the outside of the ash at all but just on the inside. I wondered what it was from.

  5. I have smoked a number of these cigars, all of them the Ditka vitola. I took several of them out of the tubes and placed them in my perfectly regulated humidor — and after several weeks tried them. There was no harshness, and the flavor was a great blend of hay, chocolate, and leather. I also brought a tube of one churchill variety to my local golf club, and compared it with a Macanudo they sold. Even though my club takes pains to keep the humidor at proper levels, that is unusual for most clubs. On the course this cigar smoked well, and was in far better shape than the club cigar — so they may be onto something with the packaging. Still, I suggest serious cigar smokers give this one a try after leaving them in a humidor and out of their native packaging. I suspect the packaging allows the ammonia to stay and keep it from aging normally. Finally, also has a variety of these cigars and a portion of these goes to that charity for former NFL players — so I am getting my next ones there

  6. I had the same problem with the yellow streak in a Punch Champion I smoked. Actually, I sent in a question for YQMA regarding the streak in it, but it never made it in.

  7. M.J.
    I’m not sure what the streak is. I’ll ask around and see if I can;t come up with a reasonable answer.

    I didn’t come across your question in my mail client. I’m not sure if it got lost in transit or I put it in the wrong place. When did you send it in?

  8. Probably a while ago. Don’t fret though, I believe the problem was due to my erratic wireless at the time. I tried sending it, but in the middle of typing my connection was lost. I hadn’t noticed and tried to send, but it presumably didn’t work. I could try to send it in it again if you want.

  9. Walt, I agree that the price is not what it should be. I liked the review though and would try the cigar if it was offered to me through lets say a friend but buy it, No way!

  10. I’ve been smoking these cigars for the past 6 months now and I find them to be most enjoyable without a trace of harshness. Perhaps this was brought on by the coffee you were drinking at the time. I recommend a liquor, or perhaps an ale or lager. That usually does the trick.

  11. Walt, I was given a Robusto at a golf outing recently. When I first light the cigar I was happy with the mild almost sweet taste. I agree it started getting harsh after a couple holes. Do you have any good recommendations for a sweet less harsh cigar that is reasonably priced?

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