A few weeks ago, Logan passed along a package to me from Barry Stein containing a Garofalo Robusto. Having never heard of the cigar, I conducted a bit of research and found it marketed as such:
He's not a cigar maker with a history of a Cuban family that has been growing and cultivating tobacco for generations. He does not wear a fancy hat, or ride a horse or wear a Guevara shirt like all the cliche ads in the cigar magazines. He is David Garofalo, an Italian American that was born and brought up in inner-city Boston, a man who has spent over 25 years as a cigar retailer and is obsessed with cigars. Not since Zino Davidoff has there been a cigar named after a cigar retailer and David Garofalo does it now with sincere humility.
Coming in four sizes - Robusto, Toro, Churchill, Torpedo, the cigars are aged for six full months to marry the blend until it has reached optimum flavor before being shipped. With a Connecticut wrapper reportedly blended by Nick Perdomo, I'm unsure if this cigar will fit my palate, but marketing suggests this is a stronger cigar with a bit of spice. Let's see...
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa)
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Price Point: $6.49
Cigar Purchased: Samples
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
The band is white, gold and black. There is a lot going on for a band that isn't really all that ornate. A 'G' written in style similar to caligraphy is prominent in the front and center in black on white, with Garofalo written in black on gold below it. The wrapper is a very, very light brown with visible seams and a few visible veins.
The final third loses all of the sweetness. If I were to rank the 3 sections, the end would be my least favorite. Spice and the grassy nuttiness are the primary flavors, but the overall smoke is a bit bitter. Not a great ending to what was an otherwise stellar cigar.
If you would have asked me my opinion on this cigar before I smoked it, I never would have guessed I'd be so positive. This might be the best thing I've smoked from Perdomo in years, and I will definitely be buying more of these. At this price, its probably a borderline box split too. Really surprised, but really enjoyed this cigar.
Rating: 91 AKA “Box Split"