Herederos de Robaina

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Herederos de Robaina

Herederos de Robaina

Last month, during our extended video interview, Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars discussed a relatively unheard of cigar brand for which he had just signed a nationwide distribution deal. Herederos de Robaina is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua by American Caribbean Tobacco, and will be distributed in the United States by the Emilio Cigars sales team. The initial offering comes in four sizes (robusto, torpedo, toro, and churchill), and will be packed in both 10 and 20-count boxes.

As I discuss in the video below, Gary is being somewhat tight-lipped about the tobacco blend and the blender behind Herederos de Robaina. Some people might be turned off by this, but I find the mystery to be intriguing as it leads us to focus more on the actual smoking experience as opposed the hype and over-analysis of publicly-available information (as is so often the case).

Herederos de Robaina by the numbers:
Size: 5×50
Vitola: robusto
Wrapper: undisclosed
Binder: undisclosed
Filler: undisclosed
Strength: just shy of Medium
Factory: American Caribbean Tobacco in Esteli, Nicaragua
No. smoked for review: 2
Duration: 1 hour
Source: review samples provided by Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars, distributor of Herederos de Robaina
MSRP: $7.90

Any cigar with a name that refers to legendary tobacco grower Alejandro Robaina has some pretty big shoes to fill. So does Herederos de Robaina live up to its namesake? Watch the video to find out…


(Video length: 11:55)

Soundtrack: “Estoy Nervioso (instrumental)” by Sr. Privado
http://ccmixter.org/files/Sr_Privado/15820
is licensed under a Creative Commons license.

I was confident that Gary Griffith wouldn’t associate his growing cigar business with an inferior product, and I’m happy to report that Herederos de Robaina did not disappoint. It’s a nice compliment to the current array of offerings from Emilio Cigars, landing somewhere in between the milder AF Suave and the more medium-bodied La Musa (formerly known as Grimalkin). Overall, I found the flavors to be quite tasty and recommend this cigar as a late-morning smoke with coffee or for relaxing in the afternoon with a refreshing beverage. If you’re interested in trying these for yourself, contact your local Emilio Cigars retailer and ask if they plan to carry Herederos de Robaina. The cigars should start appearing on store shelves as early as this month.

Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he currently works as a data scientist focusing on natural language processing and is pursuing a PhD in computer science in his spare time. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Northern Virginia, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker.

8 thoughts on “Herederos de Robaina

  1. Nice review, Charlie. You should introduce your dog next time. How’s fatherhood?

    By the way, the ash stand in the intro photo is nice, but I think you got the cigar upside down. 😉

    1. Ha, my dog would love to be on camera. Fatherhood is great — the best thing I’ve ever done.

      The cigar is right-side-up… I slid off the band and switched it around so people would be able to read the label. 🙂

  2. Nice review thanks. Love the different photo angles you used. Looked like a tight draw for sure. Wish you said it was more fuller lol. Looks like a great morning smoke!

  3. I’ve smoked two, a toro and a robusto, and both had a lush, full draw that some may find too much, but I like it that way.

    I think this is a tremendous cigar. No, stupendous. In fact, it’s my #1 cigar of 2015 so far. I like them even more than the Byron I recently finished. That was an elegant smoke, but I like these better.

    Time to pick up a 5-pack from Cigar Federation.

  4. I’ve crowned this jewel my Cigar of the Year. Please note that my yearly list is not based upon the year a cigar was introduced, but upon the year it entered my life.

    This list fluctuates, and is not fixed until sometimes March of the following year!

    The HEREDEROS DE ROBAINA is a solid sender, all right, and I’ve enjoyed ten or so and every one had a beautiful, almost lush draw. In fact the draw has been remarkably consistent among them all.

    Great review. Looks as if you live in Loudon, or possibly Fauquier County, where I was born. I live in Tuckahoe, a western suburb of Richmond, and grew up in Culpeper.

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