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Stogie Reviews: Thompson Corojo Cubano Robusto

20 Dec 2006

It’s probably safe to say that most cigar enthusiasts are weary of, and perhaps turned off by, the so-called “house brands” of many large stogie companies. Whether it’s the ultra-low prices, the cheesy packaging, or their gimmicky sales pitches – let’s face it – these sticks frequently get a bad rap.

thompsonCCAnd often deservingly so. But wouldn’t it be nice to cut through all the crap to find at least one cheap major house brand that’s very smokable? Well, you may not have to look any further than the Corojo Cubano Robusto by Thompson Cigar.

No, we’re not pulling your leg. And we’re certainly not going to tell you that one of these sticks is comparable in taste or physical attributes to a well-constructed premium cigar. But, honestly, this really isn’t a bad smoke.

The five inches by 50 ring gauge Robustos are composed of Dominican binders and fillers, wrapped in rich and rugged Honduran Corojo leaves. The shiny, metallic-looking gold and red bands are a nice contrast to the wrapper, albeit a tad hokey. Despite a couple large veins, we couldn’t find any serious physical defects on our sticks.

Once lit, the cigar produced an earthy taste with heavy notes of leather, coffee, and a little mocha. The second and finishing phases yielded more spice and graham. This is certainly not what you’d call a complex stogie, but it has a fairly enjoyable flavor.

We noticed even burns throughout the hour-plus smoke with a draw that put up some, but not too much, resistance. The only drawback on construction is that the ash would not hold firmly off the foot, even for an inch or so. (Patrick A found this out the hard way when a pile of gray flakes ended up on his lap.)

If you go into this smoke with high expectations, you’re going to be disappointed. But at 98 cents apiece (when you buy 50), that’s probably not going to be a problem. If you’re looking for a very cheap way to beef up your humidor stock with satisfactory golf course grade smokes, however, the Thompson Cubano Corojo Robusto wouldn’t be a bad choice. Taking into account the extraordinary value of this cigar, we give it three and 1/2 out of five stogies.

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Patrick A and Patrick S

6 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Thompson Corojo Cubano Robusto”

  1. NM Rodney Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 4:28 am #

    I would certainly agree that the Corojo Cubano is Thompson's best house brand.

    Glad to see there's a cigar website with enough guts to say something nice about value sticks.

  2. Jason J Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 2:32 pm #

    I haven't tried this one yet, but now I think I'm gonna. After all, who can argue with the price?

  3. Matt D Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 5:24 am #

    I might try these I am a HUGE fan of Corojo Wrappers and although just the name "Thompson" scares me its always good to find a nice long leaf filled cigar for cheap that tastes good. I am still scared as Thompson has so many house brands that are just terrible this may be the ONE that is actually good I hope so and I trust these reviews so its worth a try i think.

  4. Mike Wilson Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Yep. I've got a couple of these left from a similar deal (different array of cigars.) These and their Sorocco were certainly smokeable.

    Since I bought these (they were my first cigar purchase a few months ago) I've become a full-bodied Maduro smoker. But I still grab one of these if I'm just not ready to face something too strong.

  5. Mike Friday, March 12, 2010 at 4:34 am #

    I enjoy Thompson's La Paloma house brand, which is one of their upscale offerings, going for about $60-$80 a box.

  6. Smokey Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    I have to agree that these puffers are a great value and am particularly happy with the easy draw and flavor appropriately described in the article above. Worthy of a 4 stogies rating.