Wrapper:  Dominican HVA Navarrete
Binder:  Dominican Criollo ’98
Filler:  Dominican Republic
Brand:  Campesino Series
Factory:  Manufactura de Chico Rivas
Price Range:  $5-7
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Campesino Robusto Definitivo – First Thoughts

Just a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Luis and Edgar of Tabaqueria 1844 and Campesino.  These gentlemen are extremely passionate about cigars and represent a growing number of excellent cigars coming from the Dominican Republic.  In fact, the Campesino Series is a Dominican Puro.

Campesino means Farmer, and was chosen to pay homage to the people of the Dominican Republic that play a huge role in every level of the tobacco process.  Their logo depicts a drawing of a tobacco plant to pay further respect to their heritage.  Lastly, their Factory, Tabaquería 1844, is named after the year in which the Dominican Republic won their independence from Haiti.

We also discussed vitola/taste preferences, and it seems like we are similar in a lot of ways.  After discussing some of my favorite tasting notes with Luis, I knew that Campesino would be right up my alley.  I lit up my first one yesterday and have been itching to review it ever since.  The aroma from the foot is exhilarating:  cedar, raisins, and baking spices.  Time to fire this beauty up!

Campesino Robusto Definitivo – First Third

Wood, Graham Cracker, Cream, Pepper, Toasted Pecans, Dried Fruit, Cocoa Powder, Brown Sugar 

Our first few moments with Campesino Robusto are of cedar, graham cracker, cream, pepper, and toasted pecans.  The spice is very well balanced, having an invigorating presence instead of an overbearing presence.  A sip of coffee enriches the cedar and cream notes.

The draw is just about as good as it gets, allowing for just enough resistance to pull ample smoke from the cigar.  Very subtle notes of dried fruit come and go between puffs.  Cocoa Powder also begins to develop in the background, bolstering the profile even further.

Campesino Robusto Review First Third

Our wood notes begin taking on different aspects: here it’s cedar, there it’s fresh hewn wood, now it’s oak.  Wonderful.  That’s the advantage of puff-by-puff reviews such as these, you can experience a wide gambit of flavors more than just wood.

Around the one inch mark, our toasted pecan notes lose their toasty element and transition into raw pecans with a brown sugar finish. The aftertaste is of cocoa powder, like what the Domestic Engineer would roll homemade truffles in before serving.  For just $7, this cigar is downright awesome.

Campesino Robusto Definitivo – Second Third

Cream, Pecans, Wood, Leather, Cocoa Powder, Gingerbread, Molasses, Pralined Pecans

Beginning the second third, I’m noticing a lack of spice.  Smooth, creamy smoke refreshes the palate with each draw.  Wood, pecans, leather, and cocoa powder are the first tasting notes that I recognize behind a veil of satisfying cream.

Pecans and Cream quickly rise to the top of the pack in the second third making for a Butter Pecan Ice Cream sort of experience.  Whereas the first third started off nicely, the second third is where it’s at for me in the Campesino Robusto.  Right here is where a delicate balance of flavor and intensity is achieved.

Campesino Robusto Review Second Third

The only critique of this cigar that I have at the moment is the burn line.  It does require attention from time to time, but so far hasn’t affected the flavor profile in the least.  Since I just received these about five days ago, take that as you will.  I know it won’t hinder me in the slightest from purchasing more.

Past the halfway point, I’m picking up those subdued dried fruit notes again.  These notes are very slight and brief, yet delightful when they appear.  It’s more pronounced when I take a puff after typing several sentences, allowing it to cool down.  Pecans are still the most prominent flavor with secondary notes of wood, leather, and dark chocolate.  While I wouldn’t say that the Campesino Robusto has a lot of complexity, it certainly performs well for my palate.

And there it is… Gingerbread?  As soon as I’ve written about the lack of complexity, the universe admonishes me  with a wonderful taste of gingerbread from way out in left field.  It’s a fleeting moment, but molasses lingers for a little while before departing altogether.  Pecan tasting notes morph yet again into Pralined Pecans.  Not surprising, given that it’s mostly cream, pecans, and sugar.

Campesino Robusto Definitivo – Last Third

Wood, Pecans, Bread, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Oak

The last third sees a combination of the first and second meld together.  A little bit of spice is introduced, most notable in the retro hale, yet much more muted than the first third.  Woodsy notes take the leading role for the first time in a while, with pecans taking a backseat.  The notes are sharper now than before with less of a creamy presence.

Campesino Robusto Review Last Third

Hints of fresh bread work their way into the profile as well.  What’s noticeable is the supple, springy nature of the cigar at this point.  There’s not an ounce of spongy or mushy behavior to the Campesino Robusto. Also, the clock showed just shy of two hours when beginning the last third.  This cigar is remarkably long-lasting for a robusto.

Dark chocolate emerges as we burn a little further into the last third with an oaky finish.  I would’ve expected some bitterness at this point from the pecans and/or dark chocolate, but it’s not happening.  +1 Campesino.

Where can you find Campesino Series?

The Cigar Box (2 locations in Columbia, SC)
The Maduro Room (Lexington, SC)
The Smoke Ring (2 locations in Texas)

Campesino Robusto Definitivo Review
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9.5 Cigar Noise Network (9 votes)

Very Well Balanced

Excellent Price Point



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Campesino Series Robusto Definitivo is another home run from the Dominican Republic. These guys have serious potential and I can't wait to see what else is in store for them. If you enjoy smooth, creamy cigars with just the right amount of spice, I'd highly recommend this cigar.
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Excelent cigar
One of the best cigar price quality. The Davidoff of the poors.
October 19, 2018, 12:21 pm
Must smoke!
I love the Campesino Series both the Robusto and the Toro, these are definitely not your typical "in-the-face" "too much" smoke yet they offer A LOT to be enjoyed. It is very well balanced and has a very interesting and broad flavor profile, they also have great body which I enjoy a lot. I have smoked several in the morning and other times throughout the day and it's just perfect at any given time. I enjoy these very much and think anyone (entry level to older smokers) would enjoy these as well. These sticks have a lot to offer, although it's not a roller coaster of a smoke it is very entertaining and enjoyable every single time. As previously mentioned in other reviews the price is also unbeatable, for such high quality and how much you will enjoy these I don't know how they do it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
June 9, 2016, 10:51 am
Must have in your humidor
The Campesino is all I have been recommending to my cigar smoking friends. Whether you buy based on flavor or value, this cigar has both. If you are looking for a $5 cigar, pay up the extra couple dollars to experience the Campesino. It is in the $7 price range at Smallbatch.com with the cigarnoise discount.

As for the smoking experience Campesino doesn't melt your face with strength, but has way more body and buttery smoothness than say a Tat Cabiguan. With all that butter this cigar can mellow a full-bodied scotch or bourbon and paired great with a Dub IPA. Check out my IG gallery @LCCJ2008 for Campesino photos and for future pairing ideas.
June 8, 2016, 12:01 pm
Good cigar
This is a good cigar, I like it very much and recommend it to any type of smoker. I've had it at different times of the day and paired with different drinks (beer, water, whiskey, soda, rum) and it's very compliant. As several people have mentioned before the price point is just too good, for the great quality in flavor and construction this cigar offers the price is unbeatable. I highly reccomend it!
May 25, 2016, 4:56 pm
Great cigar and amazing price point!
The Campesino Series are among my favorite cigars, I would highly recommend this cigars to new smokers also people who have smoked for a long time. The cigars have good and very recognizable flavors which is something I really like since I do not have the most advances palate this however does not mean they do not have complexity, some of my friends that have try them have commented on the diverse range of flavors and how they love it because they all balance each other out. This are very well balanced (flavor), have good construction and at $7-$8 for the robusto and $8-$9 for the toro these are just great, unbeatable prices.
May 24, 2016, 3:05 pm
What are you waiting for? These need to be in your humidor
I bought a give pack of robusto that came in the mail yesterday. I decided I couldn't wait any longer so I fired one off last night and boy, I wasn't disappointed. Great construction and the draw was like goldilocks finding porridge that was just right. Not too tight and not too loose.

While the cigar didn't have a mind-blowing level of complexity that I've come to appreciate recently, it had just enough to leave me satisfied and yearning for another one. There were flavors that I'm not sure I've had in a cigar before.

The only problem I had, was that the band was glued too well to itself. I ended up tearing into the wrapper a little bit attempting to remove it. This ultimately didn't impede the burn as I got down further and I was able to get past it without the wrapped blowing up. With my fingers being threatened with blisters, I called it a successful nub with roughly a half inch of cigar left.

I will be purchasing more of these, probably in different vitolas. The cost of them are very budget friendly. I highly recommend you make your own purchase of them!
May 24, 2016, 2:41 pm
Excellent Cigar
I have never been much of a cigar smoker even though I am from the Dominican Republic. A while back I tried this cigar and it opened doors I did not know were there, this is the cigar that not more than a year ago got me to start smoking. Very good cigar, I can actually recognize the different aspects of the taste profile. I agree with the above reviews in terms of price, taste profile and quality. I recommend this to anyone.
April 20, 2016, 9:27 pm
Excellent smoke, amazing price point!
The original review is just perfect, describes the smoke very accurately. I have purchased a few of these sticks after meeting Luis at The Cigar Box and I cannot express how much I like them. This stick is creamy with very rich flavors and a very intricate profile that is very enjoyable. Hints of: brown sugar, dry fruits, wood, light pepper, chocolate, nuts and even some vanilla. One of the best smokes I've ever had, it is truly one that you can enjoy at any time of the day.
April 19, 2016, 3:57 pm
This is one of the most well-constructed cigars I've ever smoked. I did not experience any of the burn issues that the previous reviewer had. Mine required no touch ups, though it did get wavy for a few minutes. The flavor profile is rich, creamy, and complex. Top five best Dominican cigars I've ever had, hands down. And that's regardless of price. When you take into account the price it's almost absurd how good this thing is.
April 19, 2016, 3:09 am
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Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for SmallBatchCigar.com and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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