I never would have thought that I would have been able to enjoy a cigar outside today because of the rain and thunderstorms we experienced this morning on the commute to work. But around 10am, the clouds moved out and the sun began drying us out. As the old saying goes “if you don’t like the weather, just wait ten minutes.”
- Size: Robusto (5 x 50)
- Wrapper: Blackened Connecticut Maduro
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian
- Strength: Medium
So it is with great delight that I am able to bring to you a review of The Onyx Reserve Robusto (Square Pressed) Maduro. At first look, this cigar is a real eye catcher. It features a dark brown/black maduro wrapper and the elegant black, white and gold Onyx band. Upon closer inspection there were a few flaws in the outer wrapper, but nothing that gave me much cause for concern. After punch-cutting the cap, I took a draw which was met with quite a bit of resistance The draw problems continued as I lit the cigar. I was really having to work to get any smoke at all! The flavors were dark cocoa and black coffee with a very short aftertaste. Usually I’ll sip water as I smoke a cigar, but there was no need to with this guy! The taste were there, they just weren’t very strong and didn’t stick around.
A breakthrough came in the second third of the cigar as it opened up and produced some thicker smoke, but it was still a bit of a struggle. I still enjoyed the dark, espresso tastes into the second third. The burn was very even throughout, but again, it was a hot smoke. Towards the end of the second third is when I had to set this cigar down. I started getting an almost metallic, bitter taste. You’ve heard of grandpa soaking his cigars in cognac, right? It was like this cigar was soaked in jet fuel. The closing tastes coupled with the super tight draw are enough to keep me from ever purchasing this cigar again. But that’s the great thing about this hobby, isn’t it? You never know if you’ll like it until you try it!