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Stogie Reviews: Cabaiguan Robusto Extra

15 Apr 2009

Combining the talents of master Cuban cigar blender Don Pepin Garcia and Pete Johnson, the man behind Tatuaje, the Cabaiguan (pronounced kah-bei-gWAHN) comes to the table with high expectations. With such a pedigree, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it retails for around $10 per smoke.

cabaiguanThe Cabaiguan was the first cigar made by Johnson’s Tatuaje company that didn’t bear the Tatuaje name. Instead, the cigar, which is made in Don Pepin’s El Rey de Los Habanos factory in Little Havana, was named after the the town of Don Pepin’s birth in Cuba. It features a Connecticut seed shade-grown Ecuadorian wrapper, which surrounds Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves.

The wrapper, which is almost completely vein-free, is a classic representation of an attractive Connecticut leaf. Of the three Robusto Extras (5.25 x 50) I sampled for this review, one had a few spongy spots, but otherwise they were firm. Each cigar had excellent construction.

While there was no distinctive pre-light flavor, this long robusto provided an abundance of flavor once lit, most notably a rich, creamy taste of what seemed like roasted pecans. Underneath were some toasty notes and subtle bread flavors.

Later, some subtle spice creeps in (particularly when smoked through the nose), but it doesn’t overwhelm the Cabaiguan’s excellent balance. The finish is long and toasty.

Overall, this medium-bodied cigar has none of the chemical flavors that sometimes plague Connecticut-wrapped smokes. And nothing in the construction of the cigar—with its even burn and easy draw—distracted from its complex flavor profile.

With bold, rich spice being the trend (a trend led by Don Pepin himself), I must say the Cabaiguan impressed me most for its subtlety. It’s plenty flavorful and complex, but also nimble and refined. I’ve heard the Cabaiguan compared to the Partagas Serie D No 4, but I think another top Cuban, the Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill, might be a better comparison.

Either way, that’s high, well-earned praise. That’s why the Cabaiguan Robusto Extra earns our highest rating of five out of five stogies.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here. A list of other five stogie-rated cigars can be found here.]

Patrick S

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7 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Cabaiguan Robusto Extra”

  1. CWS Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 1:06 am #

    Outside of the price, this is an excellent cigar. One of my favorites – can be smoked anytime of the day.

  2. MountChuck Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 2:46 am #

    This is a good cigar, but I find them to start off harsh for the first inch before mellowing out and becoming a very good smoke.

  3. Robert Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 4:57 am #

    Nice review. Funny you compare it to the R&J SC. The Cuban that came to mind as closest to me would be the R&J Exhibicion #4, but I haven't had a SC, so that may very well be closer. I too enjoy a cigar with complexity, subtlety, and balance, and hope the next trend is in that direction.

  4. Joel Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    Great review of a spectacular smoke. Usually I can't fully enjoy churchills–just too much of a time commitment and there are few cigars I enjoy enough for such long smoking. But the Cabaiguans really do it for me. Can't wait for fall again to light up one of those bad boys and watch some football! Maybe if we're all lucky Pete can release a Verocu "midwest" in a churchill vitola–lets all wish!

  5. Clay Thomas Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Not a bad review for this cigar. 4/5 would have been my take on it. The Tatuaje Black petite lancero is by far the best cigar from these guys.

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