Review: La Reloba Seleccion Mexico Robusto

My decision to pick up the La Reloba Seleccion Mexico Robusto came from a Redditor who’s frequently on hangouts smoking and driving interesting discussions, /u/MisterBastahrd.  He tends to have a solid pulse of my what I like to smoke, so I can confidently buy a 5 pack or more never having smoked them before.

Nose:

The only things I could pick up here after careful consideration was a sweet barnyard with cedar undertones.

Construction:

The La Reloba Seleccion Mexico is being reviewed a in the Robusto vitola and measures 5” x 50 gauge.   The wrapper is a quite dark color approaching dark chocolate and flawless construction.  It’s adorned by a gold and black wrapper that has the colors of the flag of Mexico.

 

Flavor:

First

My initial impressions are pepper and cedar.  After settling into the first third there’s a slight amount of creamy earth on the post-draw and a hint of dried fruit that seems to linger on the tongue.   At about the 10 minute mark there some hints of sweetness that start to show up.  The pepper and dried fruit become quite muted as the first third winds down.

Middle

The pepper that fell off in the first comes back here and is the dominant flavor with some rich earth behind it.   There’s not much else going on here for the middle third for flavor complexity.

Last
Earth, earth, did I mention earth?  There’s not much else I can pick up here.

Burn/Draw:

The burn is razor straight from start to finish.  Normally I would have to make the occasional touch up, but I never reached for my lighter for the entire 1 hour and 5 minute smoking time.  The draw was right where it should be.

Value:

Singles of the La Reloba Seleccion Mexico in the Robusto vitola can be found as low as $4-$5 for singles.  Snap up a 5 pack for $22, or grab a box of 25 for $100.  This is an absurdly low price, and makes them an easy choice for full bodied smokers or even to fill up a tower humidor.

Final Word:

While I found the La Reloba Seleccion Mexico Robusto quite earthy in the final third, which is typically not what I enjoy, I think these will be even better with some rest.  I plan on reviewing them in a few months after they’ve had a chance to sit in my humidor.  If you enjoy pepper, and full bodied cigars, the price on these is too low to not at least try a few singles for yourself.

 


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Comment by The Nothing on August 30, 2013 at 10:40am

I am a HUGE fan of the Seleccion Sumatra.
Unfortunately the whole La Reloba line has been discontinued. Grab 'em while they're hot!

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