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.
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.
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.
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)
Very Well Balanced
Excellent Price Point
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