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Simon-JG-hr
19-08-2009, 09:49 PM
A trip down to Plymouth for a few hours by the water today. A couple of cigars finally made it out (after I'd escaped the wind). The second of which was the Vegas Robaina Famosos. This one was enjoyed with a Japanese beer called Kirin Ichiban and some olives. It lasted just over an hour. :849:

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Appearance /15

(Size: 5" x 48)
The wrapper of this particular cigar seemed slightly washes out in colour (see above), however, it maintained a nice sheen to it. The cigar was wrapped well and tidily, and the cap was neatly added. Overall, save for the slightly washed out colour, this was a very nice looking stick. 13

Smoking Characteristics /25

Pre-light there were some faint aromas of cocoa. This stick lit first time, with one match! Given its girth, and the less than ideal, outdoor conditions, that was a bloody miracle. Despite the rapid lighting manoeuvre it burned flawlessly until the very end - a good even burn throughout, which only needed a slight touch of assistance when already right at the nub... :biggrin1: The slightly grey ash that formed was very solid, showing some very nice concentric rings. The pleasant, slightly firm draw produced good volumes of smoke, and the aroma was very appealing. Overall, the smoking characteristics are pretty much flawless. 24

Flavour /25

Arguably the most important factor of a cigar - what does it make you think of as you taste the flavours given off by the tobacco? I've said before that I like a cigar to have a nice development through, ideally, three full stages (for a cigar of this length). Straight off the mark I good some pleasant, if not especially flavourful notes of leather. This developed into a rich, dark chocolate theme, complimented by some after-notes of leatheriness. This middle section moved along quite nicely too, as the dark chocolate gave way slightly and the leatheriness came slightly closer to the fore again, this time accompanied by some hints of herbaceous flavours. This was a peculiar section of the cigar, as there seemed to be a very odd (but very nice) combination of flavour types, leading to, according to my notes at the time "a slightly sweet, soft, smooth, bitterness!!!???" The smooth element came distinctly to the forefront of my thoughts, and it was something that I couldn't put my finger on... then I figured it out. The flavour had become very reminscent of a good gin (and by a good gin, I of course mean the smoother than silk, Plymouth Gin). The gin still maintained hints of cocoa and a slightly creamy leather. Even at the end there was little harshness, like you might expect at the death. But this cigar had one final twist, with a hit of peppery spiciness to finish. The flavours of this cigar were complex, many-fold and always developing. Very, very good. 24

Overall Impression /35

The Vegas Robaina Famosos is a medium strength, medium flavoured cigar. It delivers on virtually all fronts, providing a fantastic hour or so of smoking pleasure. The multitude of flavours work remarkably well together and the construction, burn and draw are all examples of how a fine cigar should be made. It really is difficult to find too much to fault this cigar on. Definitely one that everyone should try if they already haven't. 32

Grand total... 93/100 :849:

Paulie
19-08-2009, 09:52 PM
Good review, sounds like one to try in the future.

HabanoSy
19-08-2009, 10:01 PM
Cracking review Simon, as always...

Had a few boxes of the VR Famosos and all been great. Have to be honest when I first smoked this cigar I found it quite powerful (harsh!?! I don't know, and didn't particularly enjoy it). However persistence was rewarded and I just love this stick now (in fact most of the VR range is exceptional).

Got a few more boxes stashed away now, that will be coming out in later years...

Cheers, HabanoSy

Simon-JG-hr
19-08-2009, 10:09 PM
Would be interested to know how they develop after a few years of aging Sy. Report back (if you can remember in 2014... :biggrin1: )

HabanoSy
19-08-2009, 10:15 PM
Well, hopefully we'll all still be here in 2014 and hopefully I would have met a few of you lot by then...!?!

Cheers, HabanoSy

daverave999
19-08-2009, 10:22 PM
Great review Simon! I've only had the two myself, and the second needed more rest and less humidity, but the first, oh...

I didn't find much complexity in mine but the taste was JUST INCREDIBLE. Like Swiss milk chocolate to my mind. There seems to be a 'chocolate note' very specific to VR tobacco that is present in all I've tried. I would recommend trying a Unicos if you liked this-I reckon they're like a Partagas SP2 with extra chocolate. In fact, I'd recommend trying the whole range. I've not had my Don Alejandro yet though, but I suspect that's going to be amazing too.

I am actually salivating thinking about that first Famoso.

whisky77
20-08-2009, 04:17 AM
Spot on with your review mate.These are an outstanding Robusto, and i love the chocolatey flavours you get from time to time.

I purchased a box of these on their first year of release ( I think it was 98 or 99) and they were some of the best VR ever IMO.

roughrider
25-11-2009, 03:12 AM
Thanks for the review. I have 3 resting in the humidor.

celsis
25-11-2009, 08:39 AM
I loved these and for that matter, most of the VR range.

Pantomimehorse
25-11-2009, 10:34 AM
that beer looks bloody lovely!