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Cigar Review: Azan Burgundy Short Robusto

3 Feb 2014

Azan Cigars continues to grow. It’s now in 60 shops (no online sales), has just run its first national advertisement (in Cigar Snob), and is readying a new line (maduro).

AzanNot bad for a company that, while tracing its cigar roots to 1928 Cuba, only got started in 2012 and entered the U.S. market a year later at the IPCPR Trade Show.

The small operation is anchored by Roberto Pelayo Duran, who worked in the industry in his native Cuba. Azan cigars are produced at a 20-person factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Each pair of rollers and buncheros is dedicated to producing a single size in an effort to achieve maximum quality.

I’ve received samples from Azan and reviewed the more expensive White line last year. This time I smoked the budget-friendly Burgundy, which had been in my humidor for several months.

The Short Robusto (4.4 x 50) has a suggested retail price under $4. It’s wrapped in a light brown Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper that has little pre-light aroma, while the Nicaraguan binder (Jalapa) and filler (Jalapa and Estelí) give off a sweet air.

That sweetness shows up in the lit cigar as well, though I tended to get more straw and wheat. Construction and performance were top flight. My only complaint was with the amount of smoke. I’d prefer more.

The Burgundy line is aptly described by Azan as one for “daily enjoyment” and “perfect to share with friends.”

It would also be a fine introductory smoke for newcomers, particularly with its emphasis on smaller vitolas: the longest is just over 5 inches, and the fattest ring gauge is a 50. With the low price, Burgundy could also fit nicely into a regular rotation, particularly if you’re seeking to get in a shorter smoke on these cold winter days.

Keep an eye out for Azan. Their cigars are well worth a try. I give the Burgundy three and a half stogies out of five.

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George E

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