You may or may not have heard of Kuuts LLC., but if you didn't, they are part of Compania Hondurena de Tabacos which is an international company that has produced cigars for Europe for years and is now entering into the United States market. It is interesting to see a lot of companies that have been making cigars for Europe enter into the United States as more and more companies that have been producing cigars for the States are beginning to make cigars for Europe. I love to see these companies come to the United States, as it provides us as smokers to get an idea of what Europeans like, and a lot of these blends are really solid blends. Joya de Nicaragua is one company that has a blend made for Europe that is really tasty and enjoyable, and it is possibly one of my favorite blends from the company. Anyways, Kuuts LLC. has released several blends for the United States market recently, and one of them is Tabacalera Zapata. The cigar is named after the head of the company, Ramon Zapata Perez, and like their other sticks, it is made in Honduras at their growing factory. Today I look at the blend and see how it smokes and see if it lives up to the name of the company head.
Tabacalera Zapata Robusto
Size: 5” with a 50 ring gauge
Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut Oscuro
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Jaltepec
Cigars smoked for review: Two
Reviewed cigar under Cigar Federation rating system.
Appearance and Aroma: The robusto is constructed very well and it shows a nice coloring that is a dark natural in my opinion. It has this dark claro coloring as well, and it is silky and gritty in texture. The cap is applied well and it is a firm cigar in hand. There are some minor veins present throughout the stick and in terms of construction and appearance, I would give the cigar eight out of ten points. It is constructed well, but the wrapper is not the prettiest. There is an aroma of hay, cedar and cream on the foot, and the wrapper it is showing an aroma of tobacco and hay as well. Overall, in terms of aroma, I give the cigar eight out of ten as well. From my understanding, this is the more economical release from the company and it makes sense given the characteristics presented thus far.
Smoking Characteristics and Flavor: From beginning to end this robusto smoked wonderfully. It had a cool draw and with that a nice bit of smoke production. The draw was always cool, even to the nub, and it was a cigar I could sit back with and enjoy, and not worry about touch-ups. The burn line was phenomenal from beginning to end and it had a razor sharp burn line with a nice charcoal ash on the end. The cigar never went out, even after letting it sit for a little while, and that is always a great sign of a well constructed cigar. In terms of flavors, it showed some Connecticut qualities, but also some Honduran twang with that. There was a creamy and nutty aspect that was present from beginning to end, and it also gave some slight lemon citrus notes with that on occasion. There was an herbal quality present as well, and I got some toast and coffee notes with that. It was not overly complex, but it did have a tasty core flavor profile that remained with the cigar at all times. Never did the cigar say "I am boring," but at the same time it did not make me want to put it down as I was not enjoying the smoking experience. With smoking characteristics, the cigar gets 14 out of 15 points. Looking at the flavors of the cigar, the cigar gets 27 points out of 30.
Overall Impression: Being a fan of Honduran Connecticut wrappers, I like this cigar. With that being said, there are some who will probably hate it as well. It is not overly complex, don't expect that going into it, but it is a cigar that produces some nice core flavors that are entertaining from start to finish. This is a great introductory cigar for the novice smoker, and it is an enjoyable morning cigar for the more seasoned one, I would smoke this in the morning with some coffee or when taking part in an activity that allows me the opportunity to smoke a cigar and not give it all the attention that some cigars require. Looking at this release compared with the other releases from Kuuts, LLC., I would say it is the weakest of the offerings, but that does not mean it is a bad smoke. I would have preferred it to use more Honduran tobacco overall, I think that would have been more my cup of tea, but it is a solid blend and one that some will really enjoy. Looking back on the cigar from that standpoint, I give it 30 out of 35 points. I think this is a great cigar to smoke, just to see what the Honduran Connecticut wrapper is like, and who knows, you may find that you love it.
Rating: 87 Points “5 Pack”