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Cigar Review: Bugatti Scuro Robusto

24 Apr 2019

If you’re familiar with the name Bugatti, it’s most likely for the performance, super-limited, super-expensive cars. But the name is also a brand of cigars (plus plenty of other luxury items), with a trademark for use as a cigar brand filed in 2014 and issued after some legal wrangling in 2015.

The Bugatti Cigars launched in 2015 as part of Integral Logistics, corporate parent of well-known accessory brands Lotus, Vertigo, Black Label, and Bugatti accessories. The brand originally launched with three lines: Ambassador, Signature, and Boss.

Since, the Scuro blend has been added. The line is distributed by Meier & Dutch, a wholesaler associated with Cigars International and its various retail operations (which were acquired by STG in 2010). The line comes in four sizes: Churchill, Robusto, Toro, Torpedo. I smoked three Robustos (5 x 50) for this review.

Scuro is made in the Dominican Republic (likely at the PDR factory with the other Bugatti lines, though that isn’t confirmed). It features a dark, slightly mottled Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, Sumatra binder, and filler tobaccos from four countries: the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the United States.

Each of the samples was a touch spongy, however none showed major ill-effects in terms of combustion. The draw was a bit on the tight side though not problematic, while the burn was even and ash a reasonably solid light gray.

The multi-country blend was a surprisingly complex combination of black coffee, anisette cookies, raisin, wet rope, and charred oak. The medium-bodied cigar features a peppery finish.

There’s not a whole lot of variation from start to finish but I’ll admit to be pleasantly surprised by a cigar that seems to be the most discount-oriented of the Bugatti line. While the “suggested price” may be closer to the other Bugatti lines ($8), in reality this isn’t a hard cigar to find online for around $3.

At that price, it has quite a bit to offer, even if you may not feel like you are smoking the Bugatti supercar of cigars. All told, the Bugatti Scuro Robusto earns a rating of three and a half stogies out of five.

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–Patrick S

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