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...

Garofalo Robusto

Size: 5x50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

 Binder: Nicaragua

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.

A quick sniff of the foot reveals some honey-like sweetness.  As I clip the cap and take some prelight draws, a fruit juice-like sweetness is dominant - really nice. The draw is smooth, but I feel like I can actually bite into the flavors - reminds me of those Gushers fruit snacks with the juice inside.

As I light the cigar and take some initial draws, I'm met with a myriad of flavors.  The front of the tongue picks up some grassy flavors along with some nuttiness.  As I move the smoke to the back of my throat, I'm getting a pleasant mesquite BBQ-like pepper.  Finally, a touch of sweetness that is evident but faint hits me on the back of the throat and the retrohale. I haven't been taking too many notes as I've been enjoying some exquisite flavors in the first third.  The ash drops off after about an inch and a half.This is a unique Connecticut.  I wouldn't consider it overly mild, and its definitely full-flavored.  A lot of complexity here.

As I move into the middle, the flavor profile has changed a bit.  The dominant flavor is a sweet butter flavor which hits me in the front of the mouth while the nuttiness I referenced above is on the finish coupled with some spice through the nose.

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"

Views: 170

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on February 26, 2015 at 7:23am

Great review. Really surprised you liked this cigar so much.

Comment by Matt Ross on February 26, 2015 at 7:28am

You're surprised?  I was blown away at how much I enjoyed this, and I've spoken quite highly about it to many people.  While its early in 2015, this is the best cigar I've smoked this year.

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on February 26, 2015 at 7:31am

After seeing the profile, who made it, ect. I would have assumed it would have been something that wouldn't have hit you right.

Comment by Shooter on February 26, 2015 at 7:36am

Nice review Matt!

Comment by Docwill on February 26, 2015 at 8:27am

Great review Matt, a little surprised that you like a conny this much.

Comment by Ky70 on February 26, 2015 at 9:12am

Nice review Matt.  I like the price on those too.

Comment by HardlyClerkin® on February 26, 2015 at 10:37am

Sounds like a winner to me, not a fan of that band though. That would be a turn off looking at it .

Great review!

Comment by HardlyClerkin® on February 26, 2015 at 10:40am

Box of 20 for $110, not bad at all 

Comment by Charlie on February 26, 2015 at 11:43am

Been ordering my Atabeys from 2guys, wonderful service. I'll grab a single on my next order, not a Conn. Shade fan but sounds tasty!

Comment by Matt Ross on February 26, 2015 at 3:29pm

Yes, I was surprised as much as all of you.  In fact, this might be the most surprising cigar I've ever smoked.  Its probably the best Perdomo blend I've smoked ever.  "Full flavored".


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