My first experience with Azan was rather pleasant, so I was very excited to get into another one of their releases for review in the White Premium line.  The Robusto was what I chose, as the size is a personal favorite.  If you recall in my first review (Click Here for the Burgundy review!), every size is rolled by one roller, and there is something about knowing one guy made my cigars that appeals to me.  I am curious to try all the different sizes and see which ones really stand out, as the personal attention to detail was obvious in the construction of my first Azan.  Knowing there is a hint of Brazlian leaf in the filler always intrigues me, as that region has a distinct sugary note that always stands out. 

Wrapper:     High quality Cuban seed Corojo, grades 5 & 6 from Ecuador
Filler:          Jalapa, Esteli, and Brazilian Matafina
Binder:        Nicaragua

 

Dry Draw: very fruity

First Third: Mmmmmmmmmm…..  I love me some cream soda, drink it all the time, the kind with cane sugar.  The Azan white brought the cream soda notes right away, with cedar and spice through the retro.  Both the cedar and spices settled on the back end, while the front end reminded me of a Partagas Short.  Nice and rich profile, but it finished clean.  You could taste the spice on the front end of the draw in the rich profile, but it never overpowered the cigar.  Towards the end, the Azan White became bready with some hints of nut flavors coming in.  

 

Second Third: Sugar and spice and everything nice was the story of the second third.  The fruity flavors I detected in the dry draw came alive, and complimented a creamy profile overall, with the nut flavors popping in and out.  The retro still had the spice on the tail as well.  At this point, as a Habanos fanatic, I could taste the heritage in the blend really.  However, the finish was much heavier like typical Nica tobacco, not as soft as a Habanos profile, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.  The draw was the best part of the Azan White during this third, as the flavors were all full, robust, and defined. 

 

Final Third: This was the smoothest of the thirds, and the cigar became very mellow at this point, more to my liking.  The rich nut flavors shined, while the sugar left the building.  Complexity dropped a bit, but the mildness was appealing, and the finish improved.  Some spice did pick up at the end, which is typical of most cigars, and may have been due to me chugging it down as I was enjoying the blend.  

Construction: Flawless again

Final Thoughts: I think we should carry these personally, and I would recommend them to any shop.  This is a cigar blended to appease many smokers, as it has spice, flavor, complexity, balance, and finish.  For a picky ass Habanos nut like me, it may be a bit strong at first, but I see no reason why a little aging would not put these right where I love my cigars. I preferred the White to the Burgundy, but I cannot see why anyone might not like these really.  I highly recommend the Azan line at this point, and I will be on the lookout for my own collection.  This is good tobacco done right folks and finger burning good.

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Comment by Docwill on May 16, 2014 at 7:56am

This sounds like a cigar to look out for. Cream. spice, fruit, and nuts, yes sir! Well done!


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Comment by 007MI6 on May 16, 2014 at 8:28am

Sounds good, man. Never heard of this bran myself, have to keep an eye out for them.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on May 16, 2014 at 9:16am

This line kicks ass, I have the maduro up next, and am very excited to get to it.


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Comment by Matt Ross on May 16, 2014 at 9:18am

Your reviews always intrigue me incredibly, but I know our tastes are drastically different.  I'm eager to try this based off of your review, though - I will have to try to track some down, but I don't know of any local shops that carry them.


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Comment by RobbyRas on May 16, 2014 at 9:29am

Catfish is always diggin up some random sticks!  This one sounds great tho!  I'm intrigued

Comment by John G. on May 16, 2014 at 9:39am

Sounds like this would be right up my alley.
Any idea on the price for these?

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on May 16, 2014 at 11:43am

Any idea where to find them? Price?

Comment by Cigar Coop on May 16, 2014 at 1:41pm
Cuenca Cigars has them, This is an absolute brand I recommend.
Comment by Catfishbluezz on May 16, 2014 at 3:02pm
Matt, while we have different palates, we also have similar tastes at times. This is one I think you would enjoy, specifically the burgundy line.

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