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Stogie Reviews: Arganese ML3 Robusto

18 Aug 2008

You won’t find a ton of information on the web about this blend that debuted at the IPCPR Trade Show in July, but here’s the bottom line: The Arganese ML3 makes for a tasty, slow-burning alternative to other fuller-bodied blends that command a much higher price.

Now don’t expect to find the complexity and balance that you would in a super-premium like the Opus X; with a price around $5 per 5 inch by 50 ring gauge Robusto, such a feat would be astounding. But if you’re into sticks with a kick, this needs to be on your short list of cigars to try.

That kick is the result of an all-ligero tobacco blend. Ligero leaves are situated atop tobacco plants, and their unrestrained exposure to sunlight gives them a strong taste and an unhurried burn. ML3, after all, stands for “maduro ligero times three”—an homage to its Brazilian maduro ligero wrapper and Dominican ligero binder and filler tobaccos. Arganese also came out with a CL3 blend in July (corojo ligero), and company head Gene Arganese calls both “cigars to the third power.”

The ML3 Robusto boasts few veins, smooth seams, and a firm stature. The flashy band is a departure from more traditional, family-crested Arganese smokes, and the rich aroma and dark appearance sets the stage for the experience that’s to come.

I smoked two ML3 Robustos for this review and was impressed with both from the start. The initial taste is thick with notes of dark chocolate and black coffee. The flavor mellows to nut, birch, and cream after the first inch, only to hit its zenith of bitter espresso and peppercorn in the last half of the 90-minute smoke.

While 90 minutes is a long time to smoke a classically sized robusto, that’s what you get with ligero tobacco. And, since ML3 is made by Arganese—a manufacturer I’ve come to appreciate for its consistency in construction—you also get an even burn, a clear draw, and a pretty solid ash.

All told, if you’re a fan of bold cigars, I’d recommend picking up a stash of these to have on hand (about $98 per box of 20). The price is right, the flavor full and interesting, and the physical properties solid. That’s why I give the new Arganese ML3 Robusto four stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick A

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10 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Arganese ML3 Robusto”

  1. Padronnie Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    This sounds tasty… plus I really liked the other Arganese cigars I’ve had.

    Oh well, more of my hard earned money to be spent on cigars.

  2. Elvis Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    This stick is my new favorite Maduro. It's amped up with all the classic maduro flavors, but stronger..without the overbearing pepper taste you will find on many newer cigars. This is seriously outstanding and the Torpedo size makes my mouth water when I think about it. Look for these just appearing now in shops around here…I think they will fly off the shelves! The CL3 is almost too powerful for me, but the ML3 maduro wrapper really tones it down to the perfect level of taste and strength!

  3. raul Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 10:13 am #

    Nice review.

    I didn’t realize Arganese had new lines coming out… now I’ll have to go give them a try.

  4. Brent Monday, May 4, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    Very tasty cigar!

    Opus-X is still my fav but at less than 1/2 the price this cigar ROCKS!!!

  5. Nick D. Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 3:50 am #

    Thanks for reviewing this cigar, I recieved one of these in a mixed sampler and had a hard time finding out much about it. As I write this, I am smoking the torpedo into the first 3rd, and it has very nice spice notes with a clean finish on the palate, I can't wait for the final 3rd to fully get aquainted with the espresso/peppery crescendo.

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